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SF Giants Minor Lines 7/21/17: Jake McCasland K’s 10

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Apologies today but it appears either SBN or Google docs is having a technical issue so we’ll have no tables today. I’ll try to make up for it with my dazzling prose that makes you feel like you’re there. So in other words, SOL today.

HIGHLIGHTS: Jake McCasland struck out 10 in 6IP; Ryan Kirby had three hits including two doubles and four RBI; Camilo Doval K’d 8 in 3.2 innings of relief;

Sacramento lost at Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 4-3 in 10 inn

Ryder Jones 2 for 4 with SB (6)
Tim Federowicz 2 for 3 with HR (5), BB
Ryan Lollis 2 for 4 with two doubles

For the second straight night, Sacramento held a 3-2 lead in the late innings and for the second straight night they came out with a loss. Roberto Gomez allowed the tying run in the bottom of the 9th and the winning run in the bottom of the 10th. Though hanging it all on Gomez is spectacularly unfair, as here is how the game-tying run scored. With two outs and the PCL SB leader Leonys Martin (23) took off from 1b and this happened:

When things are going bad, they are going bad folks. In the 10th, old friend Gordon Beckham led off with a double and would come around to score the winner on a Sac bunt and a Sac Fly.

All the RiverCats scoring would take place in the 5th when Tim Federowicz hit a two-run HR (his 5th). Ryan Lollis followed with a double and scored Sacramento’s final run on an Ali Castillo single.

Ryder Jones made his first start (at 3b) since getting his most recent HBP and collected two hits to drive his average back up to a clean .300. He also stole his 6th base of the year. Ryan Lollis had two doubles, the only XBH Sacramento hit other than Federowicz’s HR.

Jose Flores started and worked a strong 6 innings. After giving up a solo HR to Boog Powell in the 1st, he surrendered just one more run the rest of the way. DJ Snelten had a rugged outing, allowing four of the seven batters he faced to reach base. That included the first two batters in the 8th, but Roberto Gomez bailed him out of the jam, sending the team to the ill-fated 9th.

Richmond lost at Akron Rubber Ducks (Indians), 4-2

CJ Hinojosa 1 for 5 with RBI, K
Jeff Arnold, 1 for 2 with double, two BBs
Rando Moreno 1 for 2 with two BBs

Sam Coonrod, 6.1 IP, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6K, 1 HR
Tyler Cyr 1 IP, 0H, 0R, 2K

For 5.1 innings last night Sam Coonrod was masterful! One perfect inning after another. Unfortunately stuck in the middle of those perfect innings was another, far less perfect inning. Coonrod breezed through the order the first time through retiring the first 9 batters he faced including four strikeouts. But he opened the 4th inning with a HB and the transition to the stretch didn’t go so well.

Coonrod allowed singles to the first two batters he faced in the stretch, mixing in two balls to the backstop (a PB and WP). And then he surrendered the big mistake, a three-run HR to the Indians #4 prospect Bobby Bradley. Bradley’s 17th of the season gave Akron all the runs they would need to win.

Coonrod’s season has been a decidedly mixed bag. He’s now gone 6 innings in 7 of his last 8 starts (and 5.2 in the other) and limited teams to 2 or fewer ER in five of those games. And he has been limiting the walks of late (2 or fewer in six of his last eight starts). Overall the peripherals are still pretty middling (7.7 K9 vs 3.45 BB9) and the ERA (4.39) is fairly high for a pitcher who gets to perform in Richmond half the time. He’s definitely been trending in the right direction though, so we’ll see if he can gain momentum in the second half.

Here he opens the game strong, totally breaking down the swing of Indians #10 prospect CF Greg Allen:

Richmond managed to score just two runs on a day when they were the beneficiaries of 8 walks from Akron pitchers. They scattered just six hits, with C Jeff Arnold’s double the lone extra base hit. The went just two for 11 with RISP and one of those failed to score a run. C’est la vie.

San Jose lost to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers), 6-1

Ryan Howard, 2 for 4, CS
Bryan Reynolds, 3 for 4, 2b

Jake McCasland, 6 IP, 6H, 2R, 0BB, 10Ks
Caleb Simpson, 1 IP, 1H, 3R, 3BB, 2Ks

Jake McCasland matched a career high last night, striking out 10 over 6 innings. I know this is a drum I’ve been beating a lot this year, but McCasland has a major league arm and really should be having better success (perhaps he’s the successor to Jordan Johnson’s role with San Jose last year). It’s true that Rancho Cucamonga is a free swinging club, but they’re also an incredibly dangerous and deep offensive club and McCasland pretty well shoved it at them last night. The inning when he allowed his two runs, he actually got himself into trouble because his stuff was too lively.

Here’s a two batter sequence at the beginning of that two-run 4th that gives you an idea of the kind of stuff McCasland features — mid 90s fastballs, diving splitters, and a slider that he can sequence well to make it all play up:

McCasland’s achilles most of the year has been mistakes up but that wasn’t really the case yesterday, when he got BABIP’d a bit with two outs in the 4th. A hard grounder that ate up Jalen Miller. And end of the bat bloop flipped just over Miller’s glove into RF. And a grounder with eyes brought in the two runs that made Jake a loser.

But I’ll keep pounding the drum. McCasland is a major league arm. He’s the Joe Biagini of this team (if he’s not the Jordan Johnson) and they need to figure out how to get major league value out of him before it’s all said and done. He could be a difficult 40 man decision this winter. This is a guy the Giants drafted two different times, so they clearly like the player and will likely move to protect him.

Caleb Simpson followed McCasland to the mound and did what Simpson does, and what you absolutely cannot do against this Quakes offense — walked the bases loaded. He was duly punished for it and at 5-0 the game was effectively over at that point.

San Jose’s Boom or Bust offense was definitely set to “Bust” last night. Bryan Reynolds’ double was the team’s lone XBH, and as we’ve learned this season, without XBHs this offense isn’t very potent. They managed a lone run on a Sac Fly in the 9th but mostly went down with a whimper in trying for their third consecutive win (something they’ve only done twice this year).

Augusta lost to Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles), 4-3

Ashford Fulmer 2 for 4, 2b, BB, SB, CS
Kelvin Beltre 2 for 5, 2b, RBI, K

Caleb Baragar 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1BB, 6K, 1HR
Nolan Riggs, BS, 2IP, 4H, 3R, 6K

Oh for god’s sake would somebody hold a lead for the love of pete? There’s only so many ways to write “they had a one run lead going into the 8th and lost” after all.

Caleb Baragar, the finesse lefty from University of Indiana gave Augusta a fantastic effort, exiting after 7 innings of tidy baseball with a 2-1 lead. But things got messy in a hurry after that. Like McCasland, Nolan Riggs was featuring stuff too nasty to be contained last night and it ended up costing the Greenjackets. After allowing singles to the first three batters he faced in the 8th, Riggs would strike out four of the next five batters he faced. Unfortunately he mixed in three different WP in that sequence and a HB. Two runs scored on WP in the 8th to tie the game, and in the leadoff batter in the 9th reached base on a K-WP and would come around to score on a double. Maybe I need to be banging a drum for the big (6’8”) right hander out of Sam Houston St. too, but I’ll leave that quest up to others.

Kelvin Beltre singled twice in this game, including an RBI single in the 1st and a double. The double was Beltre’s first XBH in a week and only his second in his last 15 games. His SLG has dropped about 65 points over the last month.

And speaking of things that haven’t happened in awhile: Sandro Fabian drew his 7th walk of the season yesterday (he also singled). It was Fabian’s first walk since June 25th. Baby steps, Sandro!

Salem-Keizer beat the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 12-6

Bryce Johnson, 1 for 2, 2 BBs, 3 Runs, SB (9)
Ryan Kirby, 3 for 4, 2 2bs, 4 RBI, SB (6)
Orlando Garcia, 1 for 2, 2 BBs, 2 RBI, 1 K

Alejandro de la Rosa, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BBs, 8 Ks
Jason Bahr, 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K

A victory? A VICTORY! The Volcanoes only scored in three innings in this game, but they had the crooked numbers going in their favor with two different three-run innings and a big six-run inning in the 5th. The result was a satisfactory bludgeoning of the 1st place Canadians.

One day after I noted Malique Ziegler’s huge production to lead off 1st innings, he kick started an immediate three-run rally in the first with a leadoff triple. After a walk to Bryce Johnson, Ryan Kirby would begin a big day by doubling in the first two runs of the game.

Though he’s cooled off a bit lately, Kirby’s still fourth in the league in OPS (one thousandeth of a point in front of top 10 overall pick Pavin Smith). Ziegler has dropped to 7th in OPS on the leader board.

In all, Salem-Keizer piled up 10 hits and benefitted from 6 walks and 3 Vancouver errors (one from Grant’s beloved draft obsession, Logan Warmouth, CUE the Warmouth image!). All of that was well more than enough support for starter Alejandro de la Rosa who recovered from a string of rough outings to post his best start in a month. De la Rosa struck out 8 of the 19 batters he faced, allowing just four to reach base.

In all Salem-Keizer pitchers struck out a whopping 15 Canadians in this game (not many victories today, but a whole lot of Ks!). Four of those came from 5th round pick Jason Bahr who’s having a rough transition to pro ball. The strikeouts have certainly made the transition from college ball (13 in 8.2 IP) but he’s been very hittable otherwise, with 11 hits and 7 runs so far in his six appearances.

You know what Malique Ziegler’s been doing in the box scores, but I bet you’d like to know a little of the story behind the scenes. And hey! the Des Moines Register has you covered! Turns out the story is, he’s aching but thriving:

AZL Giants lost to AZL Brewers, 8-2

Heliot Ramos, 1 for 4, 2b, 2Ks
Jacob Gonzalez, 0 for 3, BB
Jose Layer, 1 for 3, 2b, RBI, SB (1)

Jake Greenwalt, 1.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Camilo Doval 3.2 IP, 0 H, 1 UER, 0 BB, 8 K

Heliot Ramos pushed his hit streak to 10 games. He’s had a hit in all but two of the games he’s played as a professional, and in one of those he was removed after his 2nd AB. He has had just a single hit in 7 of those 10 games, but on the positive side, he’s had an XBH in 6 of them. Not too much more to say about Ramos’ debut. The Ks are piling up, but his raw approach was a known concern and is something to work on down the road. The debut has been pretty darn sensational nonetheless with all the anticipated tools showing up in force. He’s now slashing .368/.429/.737 and giving the Giants everything they could hope for. It’s possible the 17 year old is beginning to fatigue; he has 10 Ks in his last 7 games and it’s been a torrid summer in the desert. Perhaps we’ll see a few more off days mixed in with his routine.

Jacob Gonzalez’ struggles continue as he’s now gone 1 for his last 14. The vagaries of learning pro ball.

The Giants normally potent offense managed just five hits in this game, with no player managing more than 1. Jose Layer picked up a double as DH and stole his first base. The athletic youngster (who was rumored to be attempting a SS conversion before a fairly significant hand injury derailed his XST) has had a nice start since coming off the DL, going 4 for 8 in his four games with two doubles. He’s also had 3 walks against just 2 Ks. Excited to see more of Layer play as the summer wears on.

The game got out of hand early as 19 year old Colorado HS RHP Jake Greenwalt was rocked for 4 runs in the top of the 2nd. But when Greenwalt exited, electricity entered in the person of Camilo Doval. You may recall that Doval received a line of notice in Eric Longenhagen’s Giants list at Fangraphs last winter. The 20 year old Dominican righty had himself a coming out party last night, with a sensational four inning stint. Doval struck out 8 of the 12 batters he faced and allowed no hits. The sole run he allowed came courtesy of battery-mate Ricardo Genoves. Genoves allowed a runner to reach base on a K-PB. The runner would precede to steal 2b and 3b and Genoves’ throwing error on the second of those steals would bring him round to score.

The 1st place Giants have lost two consecutive games bringing their lead down to 1 game. With the first half ending in about a week, it would behoove them to protect that lead and punch their ticket to the AZL playoffs. I want to see Heliot hoist a championship trophy.

DSL Giants game was suspended in the 6th due to rain

They’ll complete it as part of a double header today. Franklin Labour, Samuel Jorge, and Jose Patino had the Giants only three hits, all singles.

Today’s Scheduled Starter:
Sacramento: Andrew Suarez vs. TBD
Richmond: Nate Reed vs. Matt Whitehouse
San Jose: Conner Menez vs. Caleb Ferguson
Augusta: Dom Mazza vs. TBD
Salem-Keizer: TBD vs. Dalton Rodriguez
DSL: Aneudy Acosta or Yovanny Moronta

Milb is a little confused today. They have Albert Suarez listed as Sacramento’s starter rather than Andrew. And they think Alex Bostic is starting for the Volcanoes despite having pitched in relief two days ago. I think not.

Have a great weekend everybody. Who knows, maybe when I come back on Monday we’ll have a new player to talk about more interesting than this guy:

Although to be fair: