Baseball America rolled out it’s mid-season update of the Giants’ system this morning, which makes it a pretty good day for Tyler Beede to go out and show why he was their #1 prospect last winter. And Tyler did just that!
HIGHLIGHTS: Tyler Beede went 7+ innings allowing 0 ER; Garrett Williams allowed 2 ER in 6.1 IP;
After scuffling through most of the last month, Tyler Beede came up with his best start of the year, leading the RiverCats to the win. Beede was comfortable and in control from the start, throwing strikes (79 strikes out of 109 pitches) with his entire repertoire and changing speeds well. He got ahead consistently, throwing first pitch strikes to 20 of the 26 batters he faced. He faced two batters in the 8th and his day ended on what should have been a force out at 2b had Ali Castillo not dropped the feed. Tyler Rogers would come on and ultimately bring that run around to score on a single and a walk.
Beede was really back to his San Jose era style of pitching, as he pounded the lower part of the zone and picked up ground ball after ground ball. He ended up with 12 ground ball outs including two double plays, and most of his hits allowed were ground balls that found holes as well. Along with that San Jose style of pitching he wasn’t missing many bats during the game, picking up just two called strike 3s through most of his outing. But he cruised into the 7th still strong and ended up striking out the side, including former major leaguers Ryan Schimpf and Collin Cowgill. Let’s take the long view of his final inning:
Though Beede has had some learning to do in the PCL, one thing he’s given Sacramento consistently has been innings. He’s second in the PCL now with 109 IP though he’s delivered just seven quality starts out of his 19. Beede’s been most successful this year when going with the groundball heavy approach (not a bad way to succeed in the PCL). Last year in the EL his real break through came when he started manipulating his various fastballs down and up in the zone, going down for the groundballs and up for the strikeouts, along with his speciality pitches. But of course, in the PCL pitching up in the zone can demand some pretty fine command or the punishment begins. But that’s why it’s called development.
Beede didn’t get a ton of support but he made it work. Wynton Bernard led off the bottom of the 1st with his first HR of the year. And in the 5th, back to back doubles from Trevor Brown and Ali Castillo started a two-run rally that would end the Cats scoring for the day.
Source: Pablo Sandoval finalizing Minor League deal and will report to Sacramento. #Giants— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) July 20, 2017
Obviously there was a whole other buzz going round about Sacramento’s roster last night. I’m just gonna let that play out I guess. But I’m scratching my head pretty hard about it. Far as I can tell, there’s no way to actually make a calendar run backwards, much as we wish it so. We shall see what we shall see.
Richmond lost at Erie SeaWolves (Tigers), 8-6
losing their three game series, 1-2
Dan Slania’s brought his AAA troubles back to AA with him. He put the Squirrels in a hole early in this start, loading the bases in the 1st inning on a single and back to back walks, and then unloading them on a Grand Slam. 4-0 five batters into a start is a lonely place to be I would imagine. After allowing another run in the bottom of the 2nd, Slania settled down though and gave Richmond innings, getting through the 6th without another run scoring. The ugly line though, included just 1 K against 5 ER on 7 hits, 2BBs and 3 WPs.
Still, over the course of those six innings, the Richmond offense came back, predominantly on the strength of a whole bunch of old dude homers. Newly acquired Caleb Gindl hit his first with Richmond. Gindl’s former Lancaster and current Richmond teammate KC Hobson hit his 5th HR in just 16 games with the Squirrels. And longtime farmhand Myles Schroder hit his 3rd of the year and second of the week, part of a 3-RBI day for Schroder.
And, of course, CJ Hinojosa had a couple of hits.
That there’s a looooong single. Really fantastic play though by the LF about whom we’ll have more in a second.
All the come-backing went for naught, however, when Jarret Martin and Seth Rosin teamed up to blow a 6-5 lead by allowing three runs in the bottom of the 8th. Former Detroit Tiger Steven Moya had the big blow when he hit a two-run PH triple off Rosin to take the lead.
It was a very happy celebration in the clubhouse for Erie OF/1b Dom Ficociello, and not just because of the late inning comeback:
Best moment of the Ficociello news: No closed door meeting, Lance Parrish yelled in the clubouse "say goodbye guys, he's going to Triple-A!"— Tom Reisenweber (@ETNreisenweber) July 19, 2017
San Jose was OFF
They traveled back home yesterday and will once again face off with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes starting tonight at the Muni.
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The Greenjackets were completely stymied by Shorebirds pitching, managing just four hits (all singles) and one run while striking out 10 times. Not a great combination. After Ashford Fulmer singled to lead off the 1st, stole second and was singled in for the game’s first run, Augusta had just one runner reach 2b the rest of the game (and he was there for five whole pitches).
And thus Garrett Williams goes down to defeat despite another pretty nice outing. His streak of consecutive scoreless innings ended at 17 when he allowed two runs in the top of the 2nd. He opened that inning with two singles and then let loose a WP that put the runners in scoring position. A third single cashed them both in.
Those were the only two earned runs on his line for the night however. And, more importantly, he kept making strides with his strike throwing. He threw 66 strikes in 93 pitches and walked just one in the game. Over his last four starts, he’s allowed just 4 walks while striking out 21 in 26.1 IP. Prior to this stretch, he’d walked at least four in each of his previous three starts. So this is better!
Williams has sharp stuff if he can get a grasp of it. He’s definitely having one of the more Stock Up seasons for the org’s pitching, albeit he’s faced a much more limited challenge than fellow ‘16 draftee Matt Krook.
Salem-Keizer won at the Spokane Indians (Rangers), 3-2
losing their five game series, 2-3
Fresh off my chastising yesterday, Bryce Johnson stole 3 bases in this game (he did also get caught stealing for the 5th time, so perhaps I didn’t chastise him to perfect effect) and scored the Volcanoes first run on Orlando Garcia’s RBI grounder. Johnson now has 8 SB and 5 CS.
Salem-Keizer’s offense was something of a ground attack in this one as they only managed eight hits, all singles and four walks while striking out 13 times. Johnson and Garcia led the attack with two hits apiece.
Malique Ziegler opened the game with a single and later added a Sac Fly. Ziegler is really taking to the “leadoff hitter” thing, as he’s been a dynamo in his first at bat of the game. In the 1st innings of games this year, Ziegler is hitting .400/.455/.800. The rest of the games he’s hitting .313/.371/.375. Still perfectly respectable, of course, but he really likes to ambush that first AB.
Jose Marte gave Salem-Keizer his best effort of the year. He matched his season high of 5 IP and his season low of 1 walk, while setting a season high of 5 Ks. Not bad at all for a kid making the tough leap from DSL to NWL. He’s come a decently long way from his opening start when he walked 5 batters in the first inning and lasted just 0.1 inning.
Big 4th rounder Garrett Cave finished off the win with his 3rd Save, but he did have some issues harnessing his impressive stuff last night. Though he ended up striking out the side he also walked a batter and then WP him entirely around the bases to make it a one run game. He finished with 3 Ks, 2 BBs, 3 WPs. Pretty action-packed inning considering no ball was ever put in play.
AZL Giants were OFF
On a roster note, I’ll save you all the ugly scar photo (well, if you want to see it, it’s here), but according to Frankie Tostado’s Instagram feed, it looks like he’s had Tommy John surgery on his right arm. So don’t guess we’ll see the Giants 19th rounder until 2018 rookie league starts up.
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The dynamic duo of Alexander Canario and Franklin Labour were once again most of the offense the DSL team generated. Between them, Canario and Labour picked up three of the team’s hits, including it’s only extra base hit (Labour’s triple) and all three of its walks. Canario also reached base via a HBP, putting him aboard in all four PA. The 17 year old OF has raised his batting average 40 points since July 4th, hitting a torrid .412/.535/.706 in 43 PA over his last 10 games. He also has 8 walks against just 3 Ks in that stretch. No HRs though. Slacker! He did make one mistake yesterday though, getting picked off for his 4th CS of the year.
Labour too has been on quite a tear. Over his last 12 games (which straddle a short DL stint), Labour’s hitting .387/.537/.742, also over 43PA. And he too has really controlled the strike zone in that time, with 7 walks against 4 Ks. In a season in which so many of the bigger $$ signees have disappointed (look at those lines for Jorge, Santos, and Carabello) or been MIA (Alcantara), Canario and Labour have shined.
Speaking of controlling the strike zone, Norwith Gudino now has a K/BB ratio of 52 to 7 this season in 45 IP, and two of those walks were IBB. His 52 Ks are second in the DSL, just ahead of teammate Marco Gonzalez (50). This is the 21 year old RHP’s third year in the DSL camp.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Chris Stratton vs. Kyle Lloyd
Richmond: Tyler Herb
San Jose: Matt Krook vs. TBD
Augusta: Melvin Adon vs. Zach Muckenhirn
Salem-Keizer: Julio Benitez vs. Zach Logue
AZL: Deiyerbert Bolivar
DSL: Francis Pena
JJ Cooper open that BA mid-season update linked above with this line:
To call this season a disaster for San Francisco is being too kind.
That sums everything up pretty succinctly I’d say. So as we wait, breathlessly or not (your mileage may vary), on Panda news with Matt Cain making an impassioned plea to keep the Giants together because they have so much talent, count me among the unconvinced. Backwards isn’t the way out or up for this franchise I don’t think. I don’t know what is, exactly, but I’d certainly try to think of some creative ways to move people out and not give way to the tidal pulls of nostalgia at this point, even if this picture will always make me happy.