So long Eduardo Nunez! Good Giant, good ballplayer. I’ll always remember you as the guy who came thiiiiiiiiis close to being the first player I’d ever seen in person hit for the cycle:
I am nothing if not a cycle aficionado! And off Strasburg no less! I hope you see some post-season action this year, Nuney!
And in return, the Giants get some help in in refilling their badly depleted Pitching inventory. Let’s see what Baseball America has to say:
Shaun Anderson, RHP
Anderson worked almost exclusively out of the bullpen at Florida, but has been a starter since he was drafted and has shown well. He’s well-built and physical at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, and has a fastball in the mid-90s with a hard slider that flashes plus. He has some feel for the changeup and shows a curveball, too. His four-pitch mix, ability to command his pitches and physicality make him someone the Giants will likely continue to develop as a starter, although he could move quicker out of the bullpen, where he has experience.
Gregory Santos, RHP
Santos signed during the 2015 July 2 period, infamous for Boston’s signings of Albert Guaimaro (the No. 15 international prospect in that class) and Simon Muzziotti (No. 24) for $300,000 each that MLB rescinded after the commissioner’s office concluded that the Red Sox engaged in circumvention of the international bonus pools by signing several Venezuelan players in “package deals.” Santos, who signed for $275,000 at just 16, was already touching 93 mph with good angle even at that tender age. He projects as a starter, impressing the Red Sox with his ability to spin a curveball, and is a projectable athlete with room to grow but far, far away from the majors. He has generated ground balls at a rate of 82 percent this season.
Hey, the Giants got in on the scouting the DSL action that’s all the rage in this 2017 trade season. Nicely done. Just a quick addendum on Santos from Ben Badler’s International Review of that infamous Red Sox signing class:
He projects as a starter, impressing the Red Sox wit his ability to spin a curveball that’s ahead of his changeup, but with big hands that bode well for that pitch to come around. Santos is a good athlete with broad shoulders and a repeatable delivery that helps him throw strikes
Not a blockbuster for sure but the pantry’s a tiny bit more stocked.
HIGHLIGHTS: Bryan Reynolds had three hits; Bryce Johnson reached base three times and stole two bases; Heliot Ramos now has 12 game hitting streak.
A flurry of moves and a bustle of anticipation opened this series against Round Rock. The national press was in town to see Pablo Sandoval. Old friend Clayton Blackburn returned to town to face his former teammates. And there was a long list of comings and goings on the transaction wire.
Chris Stratton, the scheduled starter, was called up to SF (where he pitched four fine innings). Yesterday’s starter, Tyler Beede, and Juan Ciriaco both hit the DL, a move that could cost Beede a big league audition this year. Justin Ruggiano opted out of his Sacramento contract. Jae-Gyun Hwang decided to return to Sacramento. And Reyes Moronta never left the west coast, heading north from Sacramento for his AAA debut. And finally, Orlando Calixte and Steven Okert returned from SF. That’s a lot of activity! (and of course, we’ll have yet another roster move or two tonight in the wake of the Nunez trade).
Alex Pavlovic was in town on Panda watch which means we should get a few more nice prospect pieces out of him today or tomorrow. All these major leaguers in the minors is a nice boon for getting information on the kids. First tidbit:
Chris Shaw taking BP today. It's easy power. pic.twitter.com/amyoh6UibU— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 26, 2017
Sadly, Shaw’s power hasn’t been seen much since his flurry of HRs at the beginning of the month and he’s now in a bit of a funk, having gone 1 for his last 21 with 7 Ks. Such as the vagaries. The power’s legit though and we’ll soon see how the rest of the game develops.
In the end this game was decided by power from a different source, as Jarrett Parker continued his fight to return to the majors from the 60 day DL. Parker came to the plate in the bottom of the 9th sporting an 0 for 4 and a hat-trick, but he managed to make it a good day with one swing of the bat:
Of course, the crowd was there for a different former Giant who... whoa! skinny Panda!
ah, anyway, as I was saying.... who went 1 for 4 with an RBI double against Blackburn.
Ryder Jones, playing RF (where his 70 grade arm can really play) had an excellent game picking up two hits and a walk. He’s taken a liking to Raley Field this year, hitting
.317/.429/.510 at home. Jae-Gyun Hwang also picked up two hits in his return to the RiverCats.
Reyes Moronta’s AAA debut came with some good things (2 Ks!) and some bad (three hits including a HR). Those rookie league hitters weren’t quite the same as these guys. Moronta’s HR came off the bat of Drew Stubbs who you’ve probably forgotten by this point was once a Giant this year. Pavs hasn’t though!
Drew Stubbs just took Reyes Moronta deep in Sacramento, which is a reminder that I've written about a lot of roster moves this year.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 26, 2017
Oh my lord that’s a winning streak! Three in a row for the Lancaster Barnstormers and Friends Tour! Former Dodgers (and Rays and Indians and White Sox) Jerry Sands led the parade, reaching base four times including a run-scoring triple and single. Sands was one of six Richmond players in this game picked up along the waiver wire way during this season. Sands led a well-balanced attack as every starting position player for Richmond picked up at least one hit in the game but no one had more than two.
Dan Slania had his first outing of the year in which he didn’t allow a run. He did, however, still walk four batters. Over three levels in 2016, Slania had a ratio of 111 Ks to 35 BBs in 119.2 IP. This year those peripherals have slipped in both directions with the Ks coming down and the walks pushing up. He currently sits with 83 Ks/ 48 BBs in 105 IP this year (also 16 HRs! Yikes!).
The game also saw the system debut of Dillon McNamara, who the Giants picked up from the Yankees over the weekend.
San Jose Bats
Bryan Reynolds picked up three more hits, including a ground single that brought home the eventual winning run.
Reynolds has been red hot the last couple of weeks going 20 for 46 over hit last 11 games. Though his last hit last night came from the left-hand side, Reynolds has been particularly damaging from the RH side where he’s mashing lefties to a .373/.397/507 tune. Interestingly, he shows much more patience from the left-hand side (at least in this year’s sample size) but has shown a bit more power right-handed.
I’ll grant you that Reynolds’ hit wasn’t exactly the most impressive whallop of all time. So to make up for that, here’s Jalen Miller starting that game-winning rally.
Miller just keeps on showing tools and hitting .210. Something needs to change there, Jalen.
Former UCLA star Grant Watson gave the Giants one of their best starting efforts in recent memory. But the notable pitching effort last night came from former Tigers farmhand (and Santa Clara native) Will LaMarche, who’s had a nice little season for the Giants (though close to 26, he’s very old for the level of course).
Another impressive outing from LaMarche tonight. 1 2/3 hitless innings of relief w/3 strikeouts. Escaped bases loaded jam to get the win. https://t.co/ayi68CcU6y— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 26, 2017
Augusta lost to the Hagerstown Suns (Nationals), 4-6
losing their four game series, 1-3
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Garrett Williams was working on another beaut of a start when he ran into a buzz-saw of a 5th inning. After 4 everything was looking great for Williams, who had faced just 13 batters at that point and allowed no runs on 1 hit and 1 walk.
But a ground ball up the middle into CF to start the 5th was followed by his second (and last) walk of the day. In his first jam of the game, Williams collected back to back strikeouts to get him so close to the dugout, but that 3rd out would prove elusive. Another grounder up the middle brought in a run. A second grounder to 2b Michael Bernal — ruled an infield single and a throwing error — brought in another. And then two more came in on another error, this time from 1b Jose Vizcaino, Jr.
Between the BABIP gods and rugged defensive support the end result was a four-run inning that the Greenjackets could never quite recover from. Williams could still feel good about his progress this year. That’s now just 6 ER over his last five starts covering 33.1 IP. And his peripherals have been very strong in that stretch. He’s had at least 5 Ks in every one of those starts, totaling 26 Ks to just 6 BBs. Very nice strides for the lefty. Looking good Garrett!
(yes, Stephen Woods, you’re looking good too)
Sandro Fabian and MIchael Bernal led the offense with two hits apiece. Fabian collected his 20th double of the season and both of Bernal’s hits went for two bases. Recent arrival Carlos Garcia picked up three hits and stole a base. Garcia and Yordy Cabrera were both reassigned from Richmond in this week’s cluster of roster maneuvers.
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The Volcanoes played host for the professional debut of Cubs 1st round pick Brandon Little, who the Giants had drafted out of High School two years earlier. SK hitters should be getting used to seeing velocity because they’d just gone up against Blue Jays first rounder Nate Pearson in his NWL debut two days earlier. (Pearson has hit 100 in BP sessions prior to his draft, while LHP Little settles for some mid 90s gas). Volcanoes hitters did well in the test, touching Little up for three runs in three innings including the 2nd HR of the year from Robinson Medrano, who’s really pounded the ball in limited playing time for SK.
6th round speedster Bryce Johnson had another terrific game, picking up two hits and a walk and stealing two more bases (11), though he did also get CS again (6, /sad emoji/). Johnson has only had two starts this year in which he’s failed to record a hit while he’s had multi-hit efforts eight times.
Manuel Geraldo, Ryan Kirby, and Malique Ziegler — the trio that powered the Volcanoes offense through much of June is coming back to earth a bit these days. At one point this month they were three of the top five batting averages in the NWL. But with yesterday’s 0 for 3 Geraldo’s average dipped below the .300 line for the first time (.298) and Kirby (.310) and Ziegler (.304) aren’t far behind him. Ziegler did pick up an infield single (again, leading off the 1st inning) and a walk yesterday, though he was CS for the 7th time this year.
Giants 5th round pick Jason Bahr made his first professional start as well, after six appearances in relief. The RHP with the inspirational story of persistence has gotten off to a middling beginning to his pro career. The strikeouts have been there (14 in 11 IP) but he’s been pretty hittable in the NWL so far, with 13 hits helping lead to 8 ER. He’s also wavered in his command a bit with 4 walks and 2 HB.
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Oh, sigh. Isn’t it so BORING when all Heliot Ramos does is pick up a couple run scoring single and steal another base (6th). I mean I’m waiting PATIENTLY for a cycle here, Heliot!
Anyhoo, Ramos did indeed pick up two more hits, each driving in a run. That, by the by, would be a 12 game hitting streak now for the 17 year old, which isn’t half bad for a kid who’s played a total of 16 games in his career.
That was part of a 16-hit, four-walk offensive effort that powered the win. Ricardo Genoves, Andres Angulo, and Jose Rivero also collected two hits. I haven’t talked about Rivero much, but the 19-year old Venezuelan MI is having a fine domestic debut hitting .311/.360/.356 and showing good control of the strike zone with just 6 Ks to 4 BBs. The Giants signed Rivero for $250,000 back in the 2014 July 2nd class and according to Ben Badler the Giants staff at the Felipe Alou Academy were highly impressed by his defensive instincts and play making abilities. If you want to dream on Rivero you think of him as four years away from being a Latin CJ Hinojosa type.
Puerto Rican LHP Sidney Duprey didn’t fare so well in a short stint in the NWL, but he’s settled down nicely back in the AZL. He matched his longest stint in the AZL yesterday going 5 innings (he did have a 6 inning stint in his first start in SK) allowing five hits including a two-run HR. The 20 year old from Kaskaskia Community College has picked up 11 Ks and just 2 BBs over his last three games, covering 11.1 IP.
The AZL Giants are coming very close to punching their ticket to the abbreviated AZL post-season, as their magic number is down to 3. I think we can safely say that if they manage to do so, they’ll be the only post-season representative in the organization (though I suppose SK could catch a 2nd half wind in their short season league).
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Big day for Andrew Caraballo, the Venezuelan SS signed for $170,000 last year. Caraballo doubled twice, walked twice and scored twice in the Giants comeback win. Caraballo is the second youngest player on the team, just a few weeks younger than Alexander Canario (which makes him the second youngest active player in the system). Caraballo hasn’t hit all that much this year (just .233 with 19 Ks in 90 ABs) but he’s made some hard contact. Seven of his 21 hits have gone for doubles.
For his part, Canario reached base three times (hit, walk, HB), scored twice, and stole his 14th and 15th bases of the year (tied for 10th in the DSL).
Marco Gonzalez gave up his first two home runs of the year, one of them a 3-run shot that marred his final line. He’s still rocking a ratio of 54 Ks to 17 BB this year and 2.11 ERA. Not a bad effort for the 19 year old lefty.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Jose Flores vs. David Ledbetter
Richmond: Tyler Herb vs. Wirkin Estevez
San Jose: Matt Krook vs. Nathan Bannister
Salem-Keizer: Julio Benitez vs. Enrique De Los Rios
AZL: Deiyerbert Bolivar
DSL: Norwith Gudino
Lots of day baseball today, with Richmond already started and San Jose playing under the sun as well. And, of course, the big guys are out in the afternoon today as well. Will #hugwatch be on alert once again? Bittersweet time of year.