First night of the second half, and I guess I’ve been promising a mid-season prospect re-ranking. Why I’ve been promising that, I have no idea! But with the caveat that this isn’t worth the paper I’m not writing on, here’s one person’s snapshot of the current state of affairs.
- Chris Shaw: Stock UP
- Christian Arroyo: Stock (mostly) UP
- Heliot Ramos: Stock NEW (and exciting)
- Austin Slater: Stock UP
- Tyler Beede: Stock DOWN
- Bryan Reynolds: Stock SAME
- Andrew Suarez: Stock SAME
- Aramis Garcia: Stock UP
- Ryder Jones: Stock UP
- Steven Duggar: Stock DOWN
- Miguel Gomez: Stock UP
- Melvin Adon: Stock UP BUT CAVEAT (see below)
- CJ Hinojosa: Stock UP
- Heath Quinn: Stock (slightly) DOWN
- Sandro Fabian: Stock (Somewhat) DOWN
- Ryan Howard: Stock UP
- Garrett Williams: Stock UP
- Jacob Gonzalez: Stock NEW
- Joan Gregorio: Stock DOWN
- Reyes Moronta: Stock MIA
Thus say my nether regions, how about yours?
HIGHLIGHTS: Melvin Adon struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings; Sandro Fabian had four hit; Diego Rincones doubled twice and HR’d.
|1- Wynton Bernard||PR-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.223|
|a- Ryan Lollis||PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
The depleted Sacramento offense was more or less held in check through most of the night by one time Royals prospect John Lamb. A late comeback effort chased Lamb in the 8th when the RiverCats scored two to make it a one run game, but with two on and one out Manny Banuelos struck out Mac Williamson and Tim Federowicz back to back to end the RiverCats chances.
Justin Ruggiano led the attack with three hits including his 6th HR of the year. He also singled in Orlando Calixte with Sacramento’s final run. Calixte had tripled in Ali Castillo, driving in his team leading 36th RBI with his team leading 5th triple. He did also commit his 6th error of the year however, which led to an important run. Let’s watch Calixte run around a little.
Not sure about the LF defensive technique there, but did you see Lamb doing his best Noah Syndergaard imitation? Don’t think it’s working quite right, John. Maybe it’s not the hair.
The lineup got Jarrett Parker back. Apparently the three day break made his neck feel all better and he gets to begin his 20 day rehab assignment over again now. You may recall this little game from previous renditions, such as: “Keeping Adrianza Around!”
Starter Matt Gage scuffled with his command throughout, and put Sacramento in an early hole, allowing 5 runs over the first 4 innings. But three relievers shut the Bees down from there. That included Roberto Gomez, who hadn’t made a relief appearance since June 1. And it included Derek Law, who through a scoreless 8th inning with one walk.
|a- C.J Hinojosa||PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.306|
|b- Slade Heathcott||PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
Down 6-1, the Squirrels put together rallies in the 7th and 8th coming all the way back to tie the game on a KC Hobson HR in the bottom of the 8th. But Cody Hall was unable to sustain the momentum and give them a chance to win it in the 9th as he allowed three hits including back to back two-out run scoring singles to sink Richmond’s hopes. The Barnstomers giveth and the Barnstomers taketh away, I suppose.
The Squirrels gave a day of rest to their All Stars (though both Heathcott and Hinojosa would appear as PH), giving the lineup a little short-handed look. Hobson homered for the third consecutive game and fourth time in the past five games. Prior to signing the Indy League 1b (one of several Lancaster Barnstomers currently on the Richmond team), Richmond hadn’t had a HR from a 1b since May 5th.
The comeback began with a two-out triple from RF Daniel Carbonell. Carbonell seriously faceplanted in his first attempt at AA back in 2015 when he hit just .146/.173/.194 in 56 games with the Squirrels. That effort really slid him off the map in the organization (and off the 40 man) and he’s spent most of the last three years bouncing between San Jose and XST. His second attempt is going a slight bit better as he’s now at .237/.303/.339 but it still appears that Daniel is not the Cuban droid they were looking for. Still, as triples appear to be the theme of the night:
Dan Slania, whose 2017 is not going the way of his magical 2016, had a new issue in this outing. After walking four batters in four of his previous five starts, he was in the zone all night, walking 0 and throwing 68 of his 96 pitches for strikes. But perhaps he was a bit too much in the zone, as he proved extremely hittable, surrendering 10 hits in 6 innings of work. That included plenty of hard contact, too, as he allowed three doubles and a HR on the night.
San Jose Bats
The Giants jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning, but they couldn’t keep pace with the Quakes powerful offense as they would manage just two more hits the rest of the night. In all, San Jose had just four hits in this game though supplemented with four walks. Back to back walks to Eduardo Nunez and Bryan Reynolds got their first inning rally kickstarted. A bloop double from Aramis Garcia and a sharp single from Ryan Howard cashed them in.
Krook done, 0 out/3 on B5, not impressive tonight. Timing/consistency thru drive not there, mechanical/round arm swing rarely synced #Giants— Wilson Karaman (@vocaljavelins) July 14, 2017
However, it was the Giants’ pitchers who were issuing most of the free passes on the night. Matt Krook’s baby steps at improving his control hit a serious bump in the road as he allowed a season high 6 walks in just four innings and threw just 44 of his 85 pitches for strikes. He was relieved by Conner Kaden who also couldn’t find the strike zone, walking three of the five batters he faced.
Suffice it to say, with an offense as powerful as the Quakes’ walking 10 batters in a night is a bad idea.
#SJGiants fall 8-5 tonight. Arenado 8th HR. SJ pitchers walk 10 + 5 wild pitches. Giants (38-53) 15 below .500 for first time since 2003.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 14, 2017
Eduardo Nunez played his second game with SJ and this time played in the field. Apparently, two halves of games were enough as it sounds like Nunez is being activated tonight. Hopefully, the hammy holds up. They are devilishly cranky things.
|Brandon Van Horn||SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||.254|
|Melvin Adon (W, 2-8)||5||5||1||1||0||6||0||3.71|
|Jeff Burke (H, 3)||0.2||1||0||0||1||1||0||6.19|
|Greg Brody (H, 5)||1||2||3||3||1||0||0||5.40|
|Jose Morel (H, 4)||1||2||0||0||0||1||0||3.74|
|Sandro Cabrera (H, 4)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.40|
|Patrick Ruotolo (S, 10)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||1.48|
So we don’t bury the potential lede, let’s get the bad news out of the way first:
.@GreenJackets lose starter Melvin Adon due to an apparent back injury during warmups for the 6th. Tough loss. He was rolling.— Abigail Miskowiec (@miskowiec_p2) July 14, 2017
That comes from a blogger covering the West Virginia Power who was at the game and she’s the only source we have as the Greenjackets were, as usual, somewhat light on the media side (when they get a new park are they going to at least have a radio feed for crying out loud?). So no real indication of severity at all, hopefully just a minor tweak.
Now for the good news:
He was hitting 97/98 pretty consistently. Tweaked his back on his final warmup pitch of 6th. He doubled over and never quite straightened.— Abigail Miskowiec (@miskowiec_p2) July 14, 2017
Adon’s been on a roll lately. In his past three starts he’s allowed just 2 ER on 13 hits over 16.2 IP while walking 5 and striking out 19. This was his first start without a walk since April 28, when he allowed just 2 hits over a 6 inning gem. He also had his best ratio of strikes/pitches by a pretty significant amount last night, throwing 48 strikes over the course of his 71 pitches.
Though there have been bumps in the road this has, 2017 has been a big step forward in Adon’s development. He’s consistently working 5-7 innings deep in games. He’s missing bats (63 Ks in 68 IP). He’s mostly avoiding huge innings and learning to work out of trouble. In eight of his 14 starts he’s allowed 1 or 0 Earned Runs. And he’s maintaining elite velocity deep into games. Obviously, there’s still a long ways to go in terms of repeating his delivery, not to mention all the finer points of learning to pitch, but Adon’s development is definitely, for me, one of the most encouraging things we’ve seen in 2017 in the system. This is a special arm if the Giants can develop it.
It took five relievers to make it through the final four innings of the game, but blessed with five runs from the Jacket’s offense in the 6th and 7th they managed to hold onto the lead and deliver Adon his second win of the year. The last of those relievers was Patrick Ruotolo who had a perfect 3 up/ 3 Ks 9th for the save. It was the 5th time this year (in 28 appearances) that Ruotolo had struck out everyone he faced. The short (5’10”) RHP continues to pile up the strikeouts as a pro. He has 42 Ks (vs. just 6 unintentional walks) in 30.1 IP this year and 84 Ks in 54.1 innings over the last two years. Gracious!
Skyler Ewing, playing 1b on this night, continued his recent offensive renaissance with two-hits including a two-run HR that gave Augusta the lead. It was Ewing’s third HR in the last five days.
Sandro Fabian had a perfect 4 for 4 night with all of the hits being singles. Quite a statistical oddity for Fabian, who has a 33% XBH/H ratio for the season. Seeing a Fabian line without a double has become something of a rarity. Encouragingly, over his last eight games Fabian has struck out just two times while going 11 for 25. He hasn’t drawn a walk since June 25, however (just six on the year). Learning what to attack is definitely the next frontier for Sandro.
The Volcanoes erupt in the first inning scoring 6 and come out with the win! pic.twitter.com/MD99rbqMtj— S-K Volcanoes ⚾ (@SKVolcanoes) July 14, 2017
The Volcanoes have been specializing in the big first inning lately. The scored 6 runs in the bottom of the first and cruised to the victory. It was the third time in their last five games that the Volcanoes had scored 5 or more runs in the first. They also mixed in an 8-run inning in that five game stretch.
It was a real “keep the line moving” rally. Following Malique Ziegler’s inning opening strikeout, the next seven batters reached base on three singles, three walks, and two doubles. Bryce Johnson’s bases loaded double play brought the fun to a conclusion and Salem-Keizer would only collect three more hits the rest of the game. One of those was Juan Rodriguez’ first HR of the year. Rodriguez, who missed all of 2016 thanks to a PED suspension, was the only Volcano with two hits.
The Volcanoes SB onslaught has slowed of late, but they picked up three more in this game including Manuel Geraldo’s 13th and Malique Ziegler’s 12th. The speedy pair are second and third in the league. The team’s 62 SB still pretty well laps the field in the NWL.
On the mound, Stetson Woods cruised through another easy five innings, allowing just two hits and a run. Woods leads the NWL in ERA at 1.87, though his strikeouts have suddenly disappeared. Through his first four starts Woods was leading the league in Ks as well, but he’s now picked up just three strikeouts in his last two outings (10.2 IP), dropping him to a tie for 6th in the league with 26 Ks.
Following Woods, the Giants’ 4th and 5th round picks this year each got two innings, striking out a pair. Garrett Cave allowed his first professional run, but through four outings the big power-armed righty has been terrific. He’s struck out 8 and walked just 1 in 6 IP while allowing just 4 hits.
The Volcanoes go for the series win tonight, and it’s a fairly big game. Having gone 5-2 over the last week, they’ve put themselves into a scrum in the NWL Southern Division. The Volcanoes are still in last place at 13-15 but the entire rest of the division (including Boise) sits just two games in front of them at 15-13. The first half is rapidly coming to a close and with a little sustained push, Salem-Keizer could make a last minute leap and steal the division away which would be pretty amazing after their abysmal 3-9 start.
|a- Nick Hill||PH-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||.179|
|b- Hector Santiago||PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|c- Jose Layer||PH-RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||.500|
|d- Kyle McPherson||PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
Heliot Ramos had 3 hits for AZL #Giants tonight, now hitting .426 in 1st pro season. He's also only 17.— Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) July 14, 2017
This has been your daily Heliot note! Among Ramos’ three hits was his third triple of the year. Despite a slightly delayed start, Ramos is tied for 4th in the league in TB and is second in SLG.
But the 17 year old had plenty of help last night and a lot of it came from his fellow youngsters. Ramos, Diego Rincones, and Ricardo Genoves are the only players on the roster born in 1999 (though both Rincones and Genoves have now turned 18) and the three of them accounted for 8 of the team’s 14 hits including six of the Giants’ eight extra base hits.
Genoves, playing DH for the night, doubled and tripled, driving in three runs. But it was the Venezuelan OF Rincones had really shone on the night. Diego picked up three hits including two doubles and his first HR of the year, driving in four runs in a huge offensive display. Five games ago Rincones was hitting .200, but he’s gone an almost laughable 12 for 17 since then including three doubles, a triple, and a HR. That’ll perk up the numbers. And more importantly on this double stuffed rookie league roster, it’ll keep you in the lineup.
Not to be forgotten, Jacob Gonzalez kept on hitting, picking up a walk and a double. A quiet night for Jacob. He’s hitting a cool .462/.563/.667 to start his career. Ramos and Gonzalez are 2nd and 6th in the league in OPS, with Gonzalez clocking in just behind the UC Irvine wunderkind (and 9th overall pick) Keston Hiura.
Best collection of talent in AZL since epic year 2012. Will be very hard to settle on a top 20 at end of year. So many good young players.— Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) July 14, 2017
It’ll be interesting to see how Ramos and the other Giants do on the AZL list this year. If there’s anybody outside a coaching staff who can make a statement like the above, it’s Bill Mitchell who’s been haunting the league’s back fields for more than a decade now. That class Mitchell’s referring to, btw, included Addison Russell, Albert Almora, Joey Gallo, Nomar Mozara, CJ Edwards, Lewis Brinson, Jorge Soler and many others. Standing out in a crowd like this (as Ramos is) is really doing something.
|a- Victor Cairo||PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.083|
|b- Wascar De Leon||PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.275|
|Jorge Labrador (W, 2-2)||1.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.34|
|Jose Maita (H, 1)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.18|
|Yoel Veras (H, 5)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Oliver Pinto (H, 1)||0.2||1||0||0||1||1||0||2.70|
|Jose Yan (S, 1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.82|
Alexander Canario’s two-run double capped a four-run rally in the 5th and six relievers worked their way through 5 shutout innings to hold on for the win. The Giants scored 5 runs on just 5 hits, in part thanks to the usual DLS hijinx, including six walks, two HB and an error. They put most of their production into a single four-run inning that was started by Anyesber Sivira’s leadoff triple and finished by Canario’s two-run double. Those were the Giants’ only two extra base hits of the game.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Tyler Beede vs. Luis Diaz
Richmond: Tyler Herb vs. Matthew Crownover
San Jose: Jake McCasland vs. TBD
Augusta: Caleb Baragar vs. Eduardo Vera
Salem-Keizer: Julio Benitez vs. Rico Garcia
DSL: Luis Moreno
Time for Tyler Beede to start turning his season right-side up. Big second half for Tyler if he hopes to get a look-see in SF later this year and work his way into potential 2018 plans.
It’s Friday night. Go find a ballpark to be in!