With Tyler Beede gone for awhile (and possibly a considerable portion of the year), Andrew Suarez steps up as the next best pitching prospect still active. The lefty’s had a rocky time of it of late (as tends to be the way for pitching prospects encountering the PCL) but he sure pitched himself a dandy last night. There was a whole lot of this going on:
HIGHLIGHTS: Andrew Suarez 9 Ks with 1 ER in 7 IP; Sandro Fabian homered twice; Jean Angomas had four hits; Heliot Ramos has a 14 game hit streak
After three outings in which Andrew Suarez has allowed 12 runs (11 earned) in 17.1 IP, the left-hander busted out with his best start of the year at either AA or AAA. Matching his season high 7 innings and a season low 4 hits, Suarez pitched the RiverCats to a tight 2-1 victory. And in doing so he hit a season 9 strikeouts against just two Ks. Suarez was able to get ahead using a well-spotted 90-92 fastball and then killing hitters with his breaking ball combo.
Suarez retired 14 consecutive batters before allowing a single to his penultimate batter of the night. But with the tying runner in scoring position (thanks to Jarrett Parker kicking the ball around) and nearing his 100th pitch, Suarez went out in style:
It was an all-lefty night for the RiverCats as DJ Snelten and Steven Okert finished the victory off with two shutout innings. Okert K’d two in picking up the save.
Unlike Beede, Suarez doesn’t have to be protected this winter which means there’s much less reason to add him to the 40 man over the next two months, especially if Samardzija and Cueto remain Giants in the coming weeks. But if trades happen to open up some slots that could change — particularly with Beede and Gregorio both MIA at the moment.
Hm... let’s check the tape on that one.
Not so audible on the video feed, but an impressive bit of opposite field power nonethless. Chris Shaw certainly doesn’t have to swing hard to get that ball moving to any direction of the field. This is the LF of the future and if I had to guess the next homegrown All Star. Don’t know when the future gets here, but that’s how I see it.
Ryder Jones, who singled in the deciding run in this game played RF again. That’s three games in a row for Ryder in RF. The position certainly fits his arm if he can manage the footspeed issue. AT&T RF is a lot of territory to cover. Could that be two-thirds of the future starting OF?
Unlike his former teammate, Sam Coonrod was definitely not staking a claim to a prime position in the SP depth chart. Coming into a prime pitchers’ duel with Tigers #3 prospect Beau Burrows, Coonrod couldn’t hold up his end. Though he was often effective, as has been the case too often with Coonrod, he let it all unravel in one disastrous inning.
Erie’s five-run 3rd was practically hand delivered to them by Coonrod. After retiring the side in the first two innings, Coonrod opened the 3rd inning by walking a batter and hitting the next. He got help from his defense on a subsequent single when Slade Heathcott threw a runner out at home. But another single, another walk and then a big 3-run HR to Tigers #4 prospect Cristin Stewart (the 21st of the year for the slugger). That was effectively that.
Burrows on the other hand just shoved it at the Squirrels hitters, allowing just two hits over 5 innings while striking out 10. As a non-Giantsy aside, the Tigers are developing some pretty decent power arms right now, and given the overall decrepitude of their major league roster, were I Al Avila I might think very hard about moving Michael Fulmer for a mega-package sometime in the next six months or so. His value is probably not perfectly timed to their system’s ability to produce a competitive team around him.
Back to Coonrod, while the Giants SP depth in the upper minors is a huge concern right now, I think they’re going to have to take a look at following the Crick plan with him and move him to the pen next year. His career is stalling as a starter, it appears to this viewer. Too many walks, too many big innings, too much trouble when moving from the windup to the stretch. It was always likely relief would be his future, and I suspect they’re approaching the decision point on that come spring.
San Jose Bats
Coming off a big 10 K performance, Jake McCasland went into the pitcher-killer environment of Lancaster and came out with another win. His strikeout stuff wasn’t in evidence yesterday, but 7 innings and 3 Runs is a competitive night in Lancaster under any circumstances. None of his runs were earned, but they all scored as a result of his own fielding error, which by Minor Lines fiat makes them Earned Enough!
McCasland was backed by a big night from Gio Brusa, who doubled and tripled, as well as a two-run HR from Steven Duggar that got the run scoring started.
Steven Duggar clears the 410 sign in straightaway CF here in Lancaster for his second home run of the season.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 28, 2017
Still no word on how long Duggar will stick around with San Jose before moving over to the San Joaquin Valley.
The win gave San Jose a three-game winning streak for the first time in July. Barely snuck it in!
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Boy what a difference a stadium makes. Get these Greenjackets in a decent hitting environment and they can go crazy. The Augusta offense exploded for four HRs, including a pair from Sandro Fabian (8 for the year).
The explosions came in two sudden bursts. Leading off the 2nd inning, Skyler Ewing blasted one just inside the LF foul pole for his 9th HR this year and the 6th this month. Ewing is, of course, a 24 year old in his 3rd Sally league season, but he sure has found the stroke lately. Jose Vizcaino followed with a single and then Sandro Fabian started off his big day.
In the 7th, holding onto a 6-4 lead, the middle of the order came through again. With Jean Angomas on 2nd (part of a four-hit night for Angomas) Vizcaino blasted a monster shot over the Bojangles Berm which the play by play announcers estimated at 420’
That was only the second time anybody had reached that part of the park according to the announcers. The HR was just Vizcaino’s 2nd of the year for Augusta and 4th overall. Which I suppose goes to show the difference between raw power and game power. Vizcaino has some real raw, but his hit tool hasn’t allowed him to get to it very often in full season ball, unfortunately. That ended the night for starter Llanes and on the very first offering from reliever Cam Griffin, Fabian replicated his first at bat almost exactly.
Fabian would end the night with three hits. That’s the second time this year Fabian has had a two HR night, accounting for half his HRs on the season. Those announcers were doing an awful lot of whining about balls not being hit hard flying out of the stadium, but that was a pretty good “lift and separate” swing to my eyes.
Sandro Fabian is having his best month of '17.— GPT (@giantsprospects) July 28, 2017
83PA 295/.321/.487 4HR 7K/1BB. Has only had 5PA vs. pitchers younger than him this season.
All the offense made a winner out of Melvin Adon who didn’t have his best stuff. Since tweaking his back two starts ago, Adon’s not been missing many bats (3 in each of the last two games). His line last night would have looked a lot better if he could have gotten the third out of the 6th, however. After retiring the first two batters of what proved to be his final inning, Adon issued his only walk of the game. And the walk really hurt when he was touched up for a two-run HR by the next batter. He finished up his night by picking up his third K. Noticeably he got it by relying on his breaking ball, not the fastball which didn’t quite seem to have it’s normal life last night.
Salem-Keizer lost at Eugene Emeralds (Cubs), 8-5
losing their three game series, 1-2
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Alejandro de la Rosa and Alex Bostic put the offense in a hole allowing six runs over the first five innings, and a two-run HR late by the Emeralds Michael Cruz sealed the loss. Cruz killed Volcanoes pitching in this three game set, going 6 for 11 with three HRs and 7 RBI in the series.
With Malique Ziegler getting a well-deserved night off (especially since he doesn’t have an All Star break), Bryce Johnson slid over to man CF and the leadoff position. Let’s take a look at what “slap and dash” looks like when a guy can really dash!
The Volcanoes had a quiet night at the plate, with only one Johnson (thanks to a HBP) and C Rob Calabrese reaching base twice. Calabrese, the Giants 10th round pick out of Illinois-Chicago made it a big night by picking up the first HR of his pro career.
And before we go, how about a little defense? The Masters college 3b Michael Sexton flashed some leather at the hot corner with this pretty snag.
At some point, the fun times will slow down. But until then, what more can we say about Heliot? That’s now four consecutive multi-hit games (10 for 20 in those games) and a 14 game hitting streak for the kid who’s only played in 18 games in his career. Wow! The incredible start gets Ramos in the Prospect Hot Sheet this week, as well as a special place in our hearts.
Oh yes, he also stole his 7th base of the year (against just 1 CS). And he’s posting the best OPS in the league (1.173) while being one of the half-dozen youngest players in the league. Incredible!
Ramos was one of five Giants to collect two hits in this game, including young Catcher Jeffrey Parra. Like Ricardo Genoves, Parra has a great reputation for his defensive chops and the development of his bat will determine the trajectory of his career. Mikey Edie, who still can’t escape the complex legaue, picked up two hits and two SB (3).
The Giants got a combined shutout from four pitchers. That group included the return of Rodolfo Martinez, who has spent most of the year nursing an oblique injury. It was the first appearance in a game for Rodolfo since May 27. It would really be a nice turn of events to get Martinez back on track before this season’s out.
19 year old Jake Greenwalt had the first shutout appearance of the year (and first in his career in an appearance longer than 1 inning). In two of Greenwalt’s last three starts he’s lasted 5 innings while allowing just one run combined and striking out 10. In the start in between those two he was knocked out in the 2nd inning after allowing 4 runs. The RHP taken out of a Windsor CO high school is definitely gaining some steam as the year goes on.
The Giants’ magic number for a 1st half title now stands at 1.
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The Blue Jays scored four runs in the top of the first on three singles, three throwing errors and a passed ball. A very DSL inning. Andrew Caraballo has been having an intriguing pro debut with the bat, but he’s been having issues with a glove on his hand. In just his 28th game in the field he committed three errors yesterday (all throwing) giving him 11 for the season.
17 year old CF Raiber Gutierrez had a three-hit day with a SB (10) giving him five hits and four stolen bases over the last two games.
Alexander Canario had a single and a walk. The 17 year old has just one strikeout over the last 10 games (while walking six times) to push his K rate down to 12% this year. He has 25 walks on top of just 21 Ks. While walking in the DSL isn’t all that significant (if a player just never swung the bat the entire year, I’m convinced they’d have a 10% walk rate in the DSL), keeping the K rate down that low definitely is. And .300/.400/.500 seasons are always fun. Definitely the find of the year.
On the other side of the coin, the two most disappointing seasons (other than Ismael Alcanatara being lost to injury) have easily been Samuel Jorge and Ghordy Santos. The Giants were excited about both six-figure SS signings in the winter, but they have really struggled in their debut seasons. Jorge’s now hitting .197 (with a .600 OPS) and Santos is at .160 (with a sub-.600 OPS).
Let’s close the loop on yesterdays’ comments section conversation. Our own purveyor of industry inside knowledge noted that Norwith Gudino was featuring superior stuff to lefty Marco Gonzalez. And while excited to get any hard data out of the Dominican, I noted that the difference in age might balance the scales. But this morning, another inside source and friend of Minor Lines added another element to the conversation:
@rog61 reading through yesterday's minor lines, 1 thing I can add to the Gudino/Gonzalez discussion. NG has 200IP body, MG has no projection— GPT (@giantsprospects) July 28, 2017
That’s a big addition! So it’s settled, Gudino is the guy to watch out of the pair.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Matt Gage vs. Tyler Wagner
Richmond: Nate Reed vs. Tyler Alexander (Tyler was really popular name 20+ yrs ago)
San Jose: Conner Menez vs. Peter Lambert
Augusta: Caleb Baragar vs. Justin Brantley
Salem-Keizer: Stetson Woods vs. TBD
DSL: Luis Moreno
Man, a Heliot-less day and a pitching slate of Gage, Reed, Menez, and Baragar? I sure hope there’s some dingers tonight! C’mon Shawsome, I’m hoping on you!
EDIT! What a dummy I am. AZL Giants are totally playing today. It’s tomorrow they have an off day!