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Tyler Beede caps a brilliant month with a nearly perfect night.

There was significant roster movement yesterday that we'll get to in a bit, but we have to start with Tyler Beede. On June 2nd, Beede retired his first 17 hitters of the night and ended up with 8 innings of one-hit, shutout ball. Last night, on June 29, Beede once again retired the first 17 hitters of the night and ended up with 7.2 IP of two-hit shutout ball. He also set a new mark for Ks since being promoted to AA with 9 (only bested one other time in San Jose).

In between those two brilliant bookends, Beede had the best month of his career. His numbers for June:

5 starts, 35.1 IP, 1.53 ERA, .185 BAA, 0.91 WHIP, 28 Ks, 9 BBs. Nicely done, Tyler. You may be seeing California 'ere long now.

And having said all that, yeah, people were on the move last night!

Will Miguel Gomez be filling one of those holes, too? Exciting times...

HIGHLIGHTS: Tyler Beede K'd 9 in 7.2 shutout innings, Chris Shaw hit his 16th and final Cal League HR; Lucius Fox went 3 for 5 with a SB; Raffi Vizcaino struck out 6 over 5 IP.

Sacramento had a scheduled off day
They begin a four-game series at home against Albuquerque tonight.

* * *

Richmond beat the Akron Rubber Ducks (Indians), 2-0
winning their three game series, 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Darren Ford

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.197

.266

.239

2b

Ali Castillo

3

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

.317

.359

.392

RF

Hunter Cole

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.270

.331

.438

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Tyler Beede W 5-4

7.2

2

0

0

1

9

0

0

1

2.71

Rodolfo Martinez S 1

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

A few hours before all the new arrivals turned Richmond into the star-wattage center of the Giants prospect-watching universe, Tyler Beede made a convincing case that it already had been. While Beede (as you'll hear on the radio feed in the clip below) often starts his games a little slowly, looking for the feel of his fastball command, that certainly wasn't the case yesterday. He came out of the gates firing, striking out the first five batters he faced, including Cleveland uber-prospects Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier, both on fastballs. He had a perfect game going until a 6th inning, two-out grounder found a hole. He tired a little in the 8th inning, allowing a double, then issuing his only walk of the night, and finally a WP to put himself in danger of losing his lead. But Christian Arroyo got a big out, throwing out a runner at the plate, and with Beede's pitch count over 100, Matt Reynolds came in to get the final out of the 8th and protect the shutout.

Let's watch Beede blow away Kyle Zimmer and Clint Frazier to open the game, shall we?

In the 9th inning, Rodolfo Martinez made his AA debut, and picked up his first AA save with a perfect 1-2-3 inning.  Just before his promotion to Richmond, Rodolfo had a feature story written about him on MiLB.com which you can read here:

So shall we take stock of the Richmond roster at this point? They now have the top two position player prospects in the system (Arroyo, Shaw), they have three of the top six starting pitcher prospects in the system in their rotation (Beede, Coonrod, Suarez), they have the top two relief arms and two of the highest octane relief arms in all of baseball (Black, Martinez), they have arguably the top OF prospect in the system (Duggar, at least until the 2016 draft guys get established), as well as assorted interesting pieces like Hinojosa, Hunter Cole, and Ryder Jones. Amazingly they have four different members of last year's draft class on their roster now (and a 5th, Matt Winn, was there before any of the others).

Yeah, I have a feeling that when Richmond comes back from this next road trip, I'm gonna have to be calling in "baseball" to work a few times.

* * *

San Jose lost to Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners), 9-4
losing their three game series 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

RF

Steven Duggar

5

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

.284

.386

.462

1b

Chris Shaw

5

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

.285

.357

.544

3b

Jose Vizcaino Jr.

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.229

.309

.322

LF

Daniel Carbonell

5

0

3

2

1

0

0

0

1

.254

.270

.324

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

D.J. Snelten L 3-7

4.0

10

8

4

1

3

1

0

0

5.17

Reyes Moronta

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.25

The yang to Richmond's yin is, of course, San Jose which has gotten off to a poor 2-5 start in the second half, and has now lost all four of their original Cal League All Stars (Coonrod, Martinez, Shaw, and Hinojosa) as well as 3/4 of the top of their lineup. Having already sacrificed ace Andrew Suarez to AA, the Giants are suffering a pretty big talent drain at this point. Poor Phil Bickford has to be saying "Guys....GUYS! ... Where's everybody going?... I just got here!... GUYS?"

Ok, so first let's watch the majesty of Chris Shaw depositing a ball off of his own face:

Shaw had been hitting bullets into the Bakersfield shift all series (a shift which Joe Ritzo described colorfully as a "wishbone defense") but you can't put a shift up there where he hit that one! His 16th and final Cal League HR was a memorable one, and it looks as though Adam Duvall's franchise record for HRs in a season is safe for awhile longer.

Unfortunately, within minutes of Shaw giving the Giants the lead with that majestic blast, DJ Snelten had burned it all down. Heading to the mound for the top of the 5th, he failed to retire any of the seven batters he faced. Bakersfield did graciously try to give him one out, dropping a sacrifice bunt down after a lead-off double. But Jose Vizcaino threw the play away, one of Vizcaino's three errors in the game (17 for the year), and then it all fell apart. The next batter hit a two-run HR, and four successive singles ended Snelten's day.

That San Jose roster is going to have to fill a lot of holes going forward, in both the pitching staff and the infield. And certainly Jose Reyes and DJ Snelten will need to be a bigger answer to that puzzle than they've shown in this series.

We do know where one of the puzzle pieces is coming from, and speaking of yang to yin, welcome back TJ Bennett (if you know where you're coming back from, that is)!

* * *

Augusta lost to Asheville Tourists (Rockies), 6-3
losing their three game series, 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Lucius Fox

5

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.220

.314

.305

2b

Jalen Miller

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

1

1

.238

.274

.341

1b

Miguel Gomez

5

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

.352

.386

.516

3b

Dillon Dobson

5

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

.281

.324

.495

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Michael Connolly L 5-3

5.2

8

5

2

3

2

0

0

0

2.93

Ryan Koziol

2.1

1

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

2.44

Carlos Alvarado

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

Some good, some not so good for Lucius Fox today. The speedster picked up three infield hits and stole his 19th base, scoring each of the first two Augusta runs of the game. He also had a hard line out to LF. That was the good! On the other side of the ball, however, Fox committed his 22nd, 23rd, and 24th errors of the season, leading to three of Asheville's runs and helping the Tourists drive away with the series.

Augusta's other run came courtesy of Jalen Miller's double and a Miguel Gomez RBI single. Miller also had a fine game, reaching base three times in five trips, getting his 13th double of the season, and stealing a base (just his 3rd of the year). Excellent work setting the table from the two teenagers at the top.

But as was the case in Tuesday night's game as well, the Greenjackets were an entirely top heavy lineup in this one, with virtually all of the production coming from the first four spots in the order. After Dobson in the cleanup spot, the rest of the order went just 2 for 19.  With Dylan Davis on the move, it's not going to get any easier for the Greenjackets to lengthen their lineup, they they do get a little help with the return of Jean Angomas, who was moved out of Salem-Keizer's overcrowded OF situation. Angomas looked overmatched in Augusta, hitting just .204 through 45 games. But he tore up the NWL in his first two weeks there, going 14 for 36 and posting a .922 OPS in 9 games in the short-season league.

Like Jake McCasland, Michael Connolly's also had an excellent fill-in run for the Augusta rotation. After posting a 4.24 ERA as a reliever in 17 IP, Connolly's had a 2.54 ERA over nine starts covering 56.2 IP. He's given up 60 hits in those innings, but kept the walks limited with just 14 as a starter. The 24 year old RHP posted a 3.66 ERA in 13 starts with Salem-Keizer in 2015.

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost at the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

3b

Manuel Geraldo

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.302

.377

.358

SS

Ryan Howard

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.250

.308

.333

LF

Gio Brusa

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

.250

.250

.250

RF

Heath Quinn

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.176

.176

.294

DH

Gustavo Cabrera

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

.275

.326

.450

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Raffi Vizcaino

5.0

3

1

1

2

6

1

0

0

1.64

Caleb Simpson

1.0

2

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

4.76

Cesar Yanez BS 1

1.0

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

1.23

Rayan Hernandez L 0-1

1.2

3

1

1

3

3

0

0

0

1.17

And yet another couple of promotions to announce:

Former UOP outfielder Gio Brusa got the rather rare direct assignment to SK without a short stop in the AZL first. The Volcanoes also got Greg Brody up from AZL to help their bullpen.

Unfortunately, all of the college bats from the 2016 draft are so far having more of a cooling effect on the lineup, than the opposite, as they adjust to pro ball and wood bats.  The Volcanoes managed just seven hits, including just one each from Howard, Quinn, and Brusa (his first pro hit and RBI) in going down to defeat. In the first inning, they did manage to put together two singles and three walks along with two Hillsboro errors (both of which scored a run). But they left the bases loaded when Gustavo Cabrera popped out to 2b (the only time Gustavo would put a ball in play on the night) and that failure to take greater advantage of Hillsboro's largess would haunt them later in the game.

Before it came to that, however, the Volcanoes got a terrific start from Raffi Vizcaino. The 20 year old RHP qualified for a win for the first time, stretching out to 5 innings after two straight three inning starts. He mixed his fastball and change up effectively, kept the walks down, and struck out 6. A solo HR to the Hillsboro 1b was the only thing he gave up of consequence.

Let's watch Raffi end his night strong, striking out the last two batters he faced.

(Parenthetically, Marcus Wilson's mother and sister were haunting the minor league fields during Spring Training this year, and they were really delightful people and very knowledgeable baseball fans! I enjoyed meeting them).

After Raffi left the game, the Volcanoes' bullpen let the game slip away, allowing solo runs to score in three of the final four innings. Rayan Hernandez had been nearly perfect over his first four games (6 IP) but after working through a hit and a walk in a scoreless 8th inning, he loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the 9th on a line single and two very costly walks. He came close to worming out of it, throwing an at-'em ball that was lined out to LF and then striking out a batter to put him on the verge of a great escape. But -- hey a theme! -- if the perfectly hit first out of the inning was Rayan's yin, then the imperfectly hit final ball of the inning was his yang:

* * *

AZL Giants had their regular off day

* * *

DSL Giants beat the DSL Dodgers1, 6-1

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

18.6

Jose Patino

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.301

.343

.355

1b

17.1

Ricardo Genoves

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

.361

.439

.486

LF

17.6

Ismael Munguia

3

2

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

.356

.433

.458

3b

18.3

Francisco Medina

4

1

3

4

0

0

1

0

0

.239

.370

.328

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.11

Jose Marte

2.2

1

1

0

1

3

0

0

1

1.89

19.9

Oliver Pinto W 2-0

3.1

3

0

0

2

2

0

1

0

0.56

19.11

Jesus Reyes

2.0

1

0

0

2

5

0

0

1

0.00

Hey, so remember the other day when I said that Francisco Medina's massive improvement in K/BB ratio was certain to start showing up in his production numbers soon -- no don't bother looking it up, that's exactly what I said, more or less. Well, guess who's 7 for 8 including his first HR of the year, raising his average by 86 points since I wrote that? (This is a rhetorical question people; the answer should be fairly obvious). That's right! Francisco Medina, that's who. The hits have started falling in and going over the fence as well. Medina maintains a strong 13 BB to 11 K ratio after his age 17 season when he struck out 66 times and walked just 25 times in 285 at bats.

Young Catcher Ricardo Genoves, who also is showing excellent control of the strike zone with 9 BBs to 11 Ks, is in the top 20 in OPS in the DSL. Pretty exciting start to a pro career for a kid who was considered a defense first Catcher with questionable offensive skills.

* * *

Well, there you go. That was just about as exciting a Minor Lines day as you could hope for (without, you know, actually winning many games). Let's do that again today!

Pitching Matchups:
Sacramento: Joan Gregorio vs. Jeff Hoffman (Rockies #4 prospect)
Richmond: Kyle Crick vs. Daniel Camarena
San Jose: Mark Reyes vs. Ethan Elias
Augusta: Cory Taylor vs. Yefrey Ramirez
Salem-Keizer: Melvin Adon vs. Taylor Wright
AZL & DSL: TBD

The marquis matchup comes in Sacramento where the rag-tag Sacramento lineup goes up against the Rockies Jeff Hoffman, who was acquired from Toronto in the Tulowitzki trade. Hoffman was a strong candidate to be drafted 1-1 in 2014, before he blew out his elbow just prior to the draft; He ended up being taken with the 9th pick despite needing TJ.

In closing, here's to you Tyler Beede!