Fox may not let Ken Rosenthal write columns anymore, but he can still compose tweets, and yesterday he composed a very interesting one for the Giants:
You can read the entire saga elsewhere, but for now what matters is the Giants seized an opportunity to essentially steal an extra high round pick:
Here’s a snippet of Baseball America’s pre-draft report on Conlon:
That progress continued this spring, when Conlon came out with a much cleaner, easier delivery and in outstanding physical shape. His fastball works consistently in the low 90s and touches 95 mph and Conlon has feel for a sharp slider that competes in the strike zone. He's flashes some feel for a changeup, but the pitch is far from what it could be with more reps. Conlon is praised for his attitude and approach to the game, as well as his work ethic and desire to improve. He has the arm speed and the frame to eventually sit in the mid 90s and touch higher.
In other words, Conlon’s something like a RH version of Seth Corry, which gives the Giants two decent upside HS picks from this draft without a lot of wiggle room for it in their allotted pool. And at the rate that HS arms develop, having more than one is a very good thing. Nice swooping Giants! Still a long way to go to make this system competitive with the top teams in the division but you build it back up one acquisition at a time.
(not gonna let Grant out-video me in my own baileywick!)
HIGHLIGHTS: Cory Taylor threw 7 shutout innings; Diego Rincones and Beicker Mendoza both had three hits including double, HR.
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Andrew Suarez’ first start of the second half wasn’t a rousing success. He threw a PCL low of 4.1 IP (in 99 pitches) and gave up a season high (at either level) of 5 earned runs. Like some of the other “finesse” type pitchers the Giants have had recently (Ty Blach, Clayton Blackburn) his walk numbers have increased in AAA as he tries to nibble around the edges with his stuff and finds AAA hitters less willing to chase. After walking just 15 batters in 67 innings in AA earlier in the year, he’s now walked 15 in half that (34 innings) in the PCL including 13 over his last four starts (23.1 IP).
And one could excuse the instinct to want to nibble as Suarez gave up a good amount of hard contact yesterday, with 4 of his 7 hits allowed going for extra bases (two doubles and two triples).
The RiverCats made a half hearted late rally with three runs in the 7th, predominantly thanks to Juniel Querecueto’s 1st HR of the season.
Not too much else to say about this game, other than the indisputable fact that this is an illegal pitching motion:
This guy has the weirdest delivery. pic.twitter.com/CFoNZQFJCb— Kristin (@legaleagle88) July 18, 2017
Stupid Rob Manfred.
Cory Taylor, on the other hand, had a brilliant night. The AA challenge has been a real struggle this year for Taylor, and he’s had an especially rough time of it lately with 17 runs allowed in his previous four starts covering just 18.2 IP. But last night he kept the walks in check (though he threw just 57 strikes in 98 pitches), piled up the groundballs (9 groundball outs) and picked up 6 Ks in his best outing of the year.
Here he gets out of a jam in the 6th by striking out the Tigers ultra-powerful #2 prospect Christin Stewart:
Though the Squirrels hitters didn’t do too much more with Taylor’s counterpart, Beau Burrows, they did manage to scratch out single runs in the 3rd and 6th on run scoring doubles from Myles Schroder and Brandon Bednar. They then broke it open with two runs against the bullpen in the 7th. Led by three hits apiece from Slade Heathcott and CJ Hinojosa, the offense did just enough to support Taylor’s great effort.
Let’s enjoy a little bit of CJ Hinojosa being a pest and swiping a bag (his 2nd of the year) without a pitch being thrown.
San Jose Bats
Ryan Howard hit his 7th HR of the year among two hits, but that was all the offense the Giants could muster in going down to defeat.
Ryan Howard's big year continues with a 2-run home run in the third inning tonight. 7th HR this season. Second in Cal League with .326 AVG.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 18, 2017
The Giants went just 1 of 8 with RISP, muting the fact that four of their seven hits went for extra bases.
Bryan Reynolds two hits included his league leading 8th triple of the year.
Bryan Reynolds blasts one off the CF wall in his first at-bat tonight for his league-leading eighth triple of the season. AVG up to .298— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 18, 2017
Reynolds also stole his 2nd base of the year.
Though he wasn’t in the lineup, Steven Duggar spent time with Joe Ritzo prior to the game and said that he felt 100% healthy finally. You can listen to that interview here.
On a less happy note, Jalen Miller receives a pretty bad writeup in today’s “Notes from the FIeld” at Baseball Prospectus (Subscribers only).
Augusta lost at Asheville Tourists (Rockies), 12-3
losing their three game series, 1-2
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Raffi Vizcaino had a rough one as well last night. He allowed two rather innocuous runs in the first inning — a drag bunt, a two out double and then spectacularly bad WP/C throwing error that allowed the second run to come in from 2b. But in the second things really unraveled as Vizcaino allowed four hits (including a double and triple), hit a batter, walked a batter, and threw a pick off attempt into RF (seriously suggestion: no more pick off attempts in A ball).
That made the score 6-0. Vizcaino was left in the game, however, and seemed to find his footing in the scoreless 3rd and 4th innings. But he allowed four of the first five batters to reach base in the 5th and that was the end of his night. The last out he picked up came on a relay that nabbed a runner trying to score on a double into the corner.
The big game jumped Vizcaino’s ERA up over 5. Since his terrific first start, he’s now allowed 18 ER in his last 5 starts over 26 IP. It certainly didn’t help him that the team made five errors, including two from Catcher Skyler Ewing who now has 14 errors this year in just 51 games played.
One of the errors came from Kelvin Beltre and almost immediately after that he was replaced in the game by a PH. Hard to know if there was any cause/effect in that chain, but it did cause OF Jean Angomas to come into the game as a 2b for just the second time in his career. We’ll keep an eye on Beltre to see if he’s back in there today.
Sandro Fabian hit his 6th HR of the year, a solo shot for his only hit of the game.
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Malique Ziegler doubled to open the game and immediately stole 3b (14th of the year). But the Volcanoes couldn’t bring him in, and that would become a theme of the night for Salem-Keizer. They collected 10 hits and two walks but only managed a single run. Spokane, with only five hits on the night but one was a long HR, and three of them were bunched into a single inning against Logan Webb to provide the difference.
The Volcanoes did make a late charge in the 9th when Robinson Medrano doubled to leadoff, and Gustavo Cabrera and Kevin Rivera picked up hits as well. But with the tying and go ahead runs on base Ziegler grounded into a force out to end it.
Webb continued his strong comeback from TJ with 4 Ks over 2 IP. The RHP now has 13 Ks against just 1 walk in 10 innings. The run was just the second he’s allowed this year.
Fifth round pick Jason Bahr finished up with a perfect inning and two Ks.
If you happen to be in the Keizer area, you might want to head to the ballpark Saturday night. It’s a thrill for us old timers, anyway:
Yankees Legend, Don Larsen, the only man EVER to throw a perfect game in the World series, will be at Volcanoes Stadium, Saturday July 22! pic.twitter.com/zrXtjLYqsw— S-K Volcanoes ⚾ (@SKVolcanoes) July 17, 2017
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Seriously. You’re off EVERY FOURTH NIGHT! You still have to rest Ramos and Gonzalez every third game? GRRRRRRRRR.
Oh well. Even without the star prospects the humming machinery of the AZL Giants’ offense purred along. Beicker Mendoza and Diego Rincones were both (sing it with me!) a triple shy of a cycle!
The 18 year old Rincones continues to swing out of his gourd. That’s now 15 for 26 over his last six games with four doubles, a triple and two HRs. Yowza! He also has a tidy 5BB/5K ratio going for him, which is nice to see from a teenager.
19 year old Beicker (Sandro Fabian’s old running mate on the DSL championship team) has had very limited playing time in his repeat of the complex league, but he’s hit when he’s been in there. In 29 at bats he’s hit .379/.419/.586.
Sidney Duprey picked up 4 Ks in 4 innings, allowing just two hits including a solo HR. The 20 year old lefty from Puerto Rico is beginning to turn the season around after being demoted from Salem-Keizer.
At 13-6 the Giants have the AZL’s best record.
DSL Giants game was suspended in the 4th inn
It will be completed today. Frankling Labour collected two singles and two SB and Alexander Canario had a double in two at bats.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Albert Suarez vs. Zach Lee
Richmond: Jordan Johnson vs. Tyler Alexander
San Jose: Grant Watson vs. TBD
Salem-Keizer: Stetson Woods vs. Tyler Phillips
AZL: Deiyerbert Bolivar
DSL: Marco Gonzalez; TBD
Back to back Suarez days for Sacramento. This is going to get more confusing than the Woodses.
And speaking of Grant Watson, he had some news this week.