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As the Giants prepare their Draft board, the fruits of a recent draft are heating up in AA.

The life of an organizational roster filler isn't always glamorous or easy; there's a whole lot of moving involved and not that much playing. But this I believe might be an all time record:

THAT is quite a week. If only he could have snuck in an assignment to Richmond in there somehow it would have been the ultimate in roster filling Bingo.  And for all that (physical or administrative) moving around, did he actually get in any game action? Why yes! He did:

That would be Rodriguez' only PA at any level since May 8.

Hey, and speaking of well-traveled, welcome home Travis Ishikawa, the greatest 21st round pick in Giants history (I will accept no Dan Otero arguments to the contrary)! Because there's never a bad time to watch this again, good luck Ishi:

Speaking of the draft, obvious DISCUSSION TOPIC: What are you most hoping for in tonight's draft for the Giants? A potential ace pitcher, or a potential impact bat? Name names if you have 'em.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ryder Jones had three hits and a HR; Miguel Gomez doubled and HRd; Franklin Labour hit two doubles and HR in DH.

Sacramento had a scheduled off day
They begin a new series in El Paso tonight

* * *

Richmond won at New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.288

.317

.399

3b

Ryder Jones

4

1

3

1

0

0

1

0

0

.256

.271

.497

1b

Ricky Oropesa

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.231

.309

.372

LF

Carlos Moncrief

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

.234

.365

.457

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Gage W 2-5

6.0

10

3

3

1

3

0

0

0

3.86

Tyler Mizenko

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.69

Ray Black

0.1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

6.97

Tyler Rogers S 8

1.2

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

Ryder Jones kept the birthday feelies going, homering in his second consecutive game and adding in a couple of singles to lead the Squirrels to their third consecutive win. Jones is getting himself ensconced in the 3rd spot in the order and providing the team with a power presence in the first inning. Yesterday marked the second time since Ryder's been moved up to the top of the order that he homered in the 1st inning. The rest of the team has homered in the first inning of a game one time this year. And when he hits them they're staying hit:

And hey, since we're talking draft, let's give a highlight to Ryder's fellow top of the 2013 draftee Christian Arroyo, who hit his 16th double of the season yesterday. Arroyo is 3rd in the EL in doubles and, of course, he's still the second youngest position player in the league. The kids are alright!

Of course, it wasn't just the kids doing it yesterday. Amongst the great flurry of roster moves that have taken place across the Giants' system this week (to cover a host of injuries, DL stints, promotions, and general fatigue) Angel Villalona was once again placed on Richmond's active roster. Villalona's had just 19 PA this year as he's spent most of the season inactive. But playing just his second game in a month, Villalona's double yesterday was the key hit in a two-run 4th inning which proved to be the decisive rally in the game.

Richmond potentially has more injury worries to deal with now as well. In the bottom of the 8th, Ray Black came on and struck out the first batter he faced before walking Rowdy Tellez on a 3-2 count. And at that point the coaches came out to talk with him and he was removed from the game. Because the camera wasn't on the mound (in fact, the video feed was showing Tom Hanks saying "there's no crying in baseball for unknown reasons") there was no way to tell if Black called them out or if the Steve Kline saw something in the last pitch he didn't like. Black was throwing fine and had his normal velocity. There was something ever so slightly off looking about the way he landed on his final pitch but whatever was wrong with him was certainly not obvious.

We'll keep an eye on it.

* * *

San Jose had a scheduled off day
their first off day since May 9.

But, hey, this is pretty cool. According to BA the cream of the Cal League All star Crop is coming from San Jose.

* * *

Augusta beat the Columbia Fireflies (Mets), 7-3
winning their three game series 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Jalen Miller

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.267

.299

.369

3b

Miguel Gomez

4

2

2

4

1

0

1

0

0

.341

.385

.507

DH

Dylan Davis

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.266

.358

.446

SS

Kelvin Beltre

3

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

.246

.314

.377

1b

Skyler Ewing

4

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

.204

.304

.245

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Cory Taylor W 5-1

6.0

6

2

1

1

5

0

0

1

1.89

Jake McCasland S, 3

3.0

3

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

1.48

And yet more injury news to talk about:

Fox was coaching 1b in the DH on Tuesday, which might suggest nothing too serious is going on here. I wouldn't be surprised if the Giants aren't just aren't taking advantage of the upcoming All Star break to give Fox an extended blow heading into the second half. Obviously his first season of pro ball is a major physical adjustment for the youngster. Anyway, his dance moves are looking good:

His absence did give Kelvin Beltre the chance to play SS for the first time this year. Beltre has been limited to playing 3b this year in deference to Fox and Manuel Geraldo (now back in XST), but he should get plenty of reps at SS now until Fox returns.  Beltre doubled in a run and walked yesterday to continue his nice stretch. Beltre has hits in 8 consecutive games now, which includes four doubles and a HR.

On the other side of the coin, Dylan Davis is in a full-on scuffle at the moment. In late May he looked like he was about to hit his way out of the league. But since May 23rd he's just 4 for 31 with one XBH with 9 Ks. That's all sandwiched around a 7 day DL stint, so it's entirely possible that there's something physical nagging at him right now.

But one guy who has had nothing but hot streaks since showing up in the US is Miguel Gomez. He was a little late to the party to start the year, but he has done nothing but rake since showing up in Augusta. Gomez has gone hitless in just 5 of the 35 games he's played in this year, and one of those was a 5 inning rain-shortened job. By contrast, he's had multiple hits in 15 of his 35 games, including yesterday's.  If he qualified, his SLG and OPS would both be 7th in the Sally at this point, and his batting average would be second. Dude can put the barrel on ball. Shoulda been an All Star!

* * *

DSL Giants lost to DSL Twins 7-2 in 7 inn. Gm 1

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

CF

18.6

Jose Patino

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

.250

OF Assist

RF

18.1

Franklin Labour

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

.273

DH

17.0

Ricardo Genoves

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

.400

3b

18.2

Francisco Medina

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

.125

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

17.3

Jorge Labrador L 0-1

0.1

2

4

3

3

1

0

0

1

81.00

18.5

Jose Maita

2.1

2

1

1

2

5

0

0

1

3.86

DSL Giants beat DSL Twins, 9-3 in 6 inn (rain) in Gm 2

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

CF

18.6

Jose Patino

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

.438

CS (2)

LF

18.1

Franklin Labour

4

2

2

2

2

0

0

0

1

.333

C

17.0

Ricardo Genoves

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.385

2 PB (2)

3b

18.2

Francisco Medina

3

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.273

HBP

1b

17.11

Angeddy Almanzar

4

1

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

.364

E (2)

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

17.10

Jerson severin

1.2

2

2

1

1

1

0

0

0

5.40

22.10

Orleans Quirox

1.2

3

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

5.40

21.4

Alejandro De La Rosa W 1-0

1.2

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

Well, Jorge, look at it this way: when you make the majors you'll have a great story to tell the beat guys about how your pro debut couldn't possibly have gone much worse. Jorge Labradour, the young RHP signed from Venezuela for $250,000 last year couldn't make it through his first inning, and couldn't much make it into the strike zone, walking three of his six batters faced and tossing one back to the backstop as well. No word on whether he hit the Bull.

The in-no-way-similarly-named-nor-ever-to-be-confused-with Franklin Labour hit the Giants 1st HR of the season in the first game of the DH and added two doubles in the second game. They probably looked a lot like this:

Is CF Jose Patino going to be the Manuel Geraldo of this year's team? Let's see: Up the middle athlete signed to a six figure bonus returning to the DSL after a so-so year at age 17? Check. Switch Hitter? Check. Hitting everything in sight? CHECK! Patino has begun the year 7 for 16 in his first four games with 2 BBs and 2 Ks. He posted a .253/.327/.289 line in about 200 PA in 2015.

* * *

So, in conclusion, I think everyone will agree with me in saying this about yesterday's action: MAC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and, what the hey! So long as we're remembering great draft picks, let's give it a #Belted, too!

Today's Pitching Matchups:
Sacramento: Joan Gregorio vs. Fabian Castillo
Richmond: Tyler Beede vs. Casey Lawrence
San Jose: Mark Reyes vs. Carlos Polanco
Augusta: Michael Connolly vs. Dedgar Jimenez
DSL Giants: ??? (follow @GiantProspectTalk, he has Deep Throat sources on the DSL team)