Word on the boulevard (and from the extremely reliable source of Felix Peguero no less) has it that Miguel Gomez is heading to San Francisco to become the 6th Giant to make his major league debut in 2017. And if that’s true, he picked a pretty good tune up game to head out on:
Gomez had an RBI triple and an RBI double in helping lead the Squirrels to victory yesterday, both from the right hand side (he’s been red-hot RH ever since I noted a bit of a platoon split this year; excellent job of reverse cursing Me!).
I would assume this is a move to shore up the bench for the final series prior to the break and might not last much longer than that. With Chris Stratton’s emergency 7 innings yesterday he’s certainly not available for the rest of the first half and it would make sense to swap him out for a fresh body as the bench has been down to two players this week. It’s also possible that if Ryder Jones still is suffering from being hit in the hand that he could retroactively hit the 10 day DL, as he’d be eligible to come back off for the second half. Perhaps the Giants have both moves in mind, though one might presume that this means Conor Gillaspie is not ready to return.
But regardless, just a tremendous bit of news for Miggy. After spending three consecutive years down in the DSL, it looks like he’s going to rise to the majors just 2.5 years after leaving the Dominican, an extraordinary rise for a kid who just keeps hitting.
HIGHLIGHTS: Miguel Gomez doubled, tripled; Melvin Adon allowed 1 run over 5.2 IP with 5 Ks; Ryan Kirby went 5 for 5 with 5 RBIs; Heliot Ramos reached base 3x with a HR.
Sacramento lost at Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies), 4-3
losing their three game series, 1-2
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One thing that has always enthused scouts about Tyler Beede is his superior athleticism, which should in the end help him get the best out of his pitching ability. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Beede doing some other things besides pitching for a minute. It’s time for an edition of #Pitcherswhorake! And run!
Well just calm down there a bit, skippy! No need to get carried away. I haven’t seen that since the day Atlee Hammaker started running wild. Anywho, Tyler can handle the bat and he’s an excellent athlete and a good body and a hard worker. Which means that despite his, perhaps to be expected struggles this year with the PCL, we can expect him to come out the other side at some point ready to help. There’s just too many weapons there at his disposal.
So as for the pitching: this was a step in the right direction. In some ways, Beede returned to his San Jose pitching style yesterday, piling up ground balls, with 13 ground ball outs in all. Given the way Albuquerque has tattoo’d Beede in their previous encounters this was a pretty wise strategy, although it did have a weakness, as quite a few balls found holes.
Some of those holes, as it turned out, were in Orlando Calixte’s glove. Calixte giveth and he taketh away in this game, as he picked up two hits including his 10th HR of the year, but he also committed two errors that led to three unearned runs for Beede which sent him to his 7th defeat of the year. One of the big concerns with Beede this year is where all the strikeouts have gone and why somebody with his repertoire is struggling to miss AAA bats. ‘Tis a puzzlement. Here he is picking up one of his two Ks on the night last night, but as you can see even this one was a bit of a struggle:
Keep working it, Tyler. It takes time.
Tim Federowicz picked up three hits with two doubles as he continues an impressive season. If Federowicz has an opt out clause (like Mike Roth) I wonder if he’s choosing not to exercise it. He might give the Giants some flexibility if they find a market for Hundley.
Jarrett Parker was 1 for 3 with a CS. Parker has hit just over .200 with Sacramento with a 20% K rate. The Giants are going to have to make a decision on him in the next few days.
Richmond beat Erie SeaWolves (Tigers), 6-5
sweeping their three game series, 2-0 (with a rainout)
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Jordan Johnson came out of the gates extremely shaky, hitting the first batter he faced and then surrendering four hits in the first inning including a double and a triple. The result was an immediate 4-0 deficit for the Squirrels. But Johnson righted the ship after that, ultimately going 6 bullpen saving innings and allowing just two more hits the rest of the game (albeit one of them was a solo HR).
With Johnson and the bullpen shutting down the Wolves offense over the final 8 frames, the Squirrels had a chance to claw their way back and thanks mostly to CJ Hinojosa and Miguel Gomez, they did just that. The Squirrels scored single runs in six different innings of this game. Hinojosa picked up three hits and scored three runs, including the game winner in the bottom of the 9th (on a Rando Moreno PH single). He was on base twice in front of Gomez and both times came around to score on Miggy’s extra base hits.
And speaking again of Gomez, it was just June 19 when I noticed that all of his HRs for the year had come left-handed and he was showing a decisive platoon split, albeit in a small sample size. SSS proved to be the right answer because in just three short weeks, he’s increased his RH at bats by about a third and raised his RH OPS by .150. He’s now slashing .333/.395/.483 from the right hand side, while his left-hand hitting has slumped a bit down to .298/.314/.452 line in that time (a drop in about 40 points of slugging left-handed over the same time). Now the sides look much more in line with each other, and it’s interesting to see how much more patient he appears to be right handed (which I did note back in June).
KC Hobson, one of the many Squirrels scavenged off the Indy league Lancaster Barnstormers roster, hit a HR in this game to help the comeback. Why is that significant? It’s the first HR hit by a Richmond 1b since May the 5th. That one came from Chris Shaw before he was permanently converted to LF. Yowza! That tells you something about this team’s offensive struggles.
San Jose beat Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers), 3-2
losing their three game series, 1-2
San Jose Bats
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Excellent start from Jake McCasland tonight. 6 1/3 innings with 1 run and 3 hits allowed. Struck out seven. FB was consistently 95-96.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 7, 2017
As we’ve noted in this space before, Jake McCasland is a puzzlement. Lots of stuff, decent command, iffy results. There’s something ever so Joe Biagini-esque about this guy (of course, the way Joe’s 2017 season is going I’m not really sure what that comp says). But Jake was on it last night, and he took advantage of a free swinging Rancho Cucamonga team (that loves to HR and strike out) for one of his best outings of the year. McCasland picked up 7 Ks while allowing just 3 hits and 1 ER in 6.1 innings (his second longest outing of the year). It was the fourth time in his last five starts that he’s had exactly 7 Ks. Here he gets the dangerous Ibandel Isabel by pounding fastballs and then tossing in a little wrinkle.
Sharper and more consistent secondaries would really help Jake progress I think.
On the offensive side the sparkplugs were SS Ryan Howard who crossed the century mark with his 100th, 101st, and 102nd hits of the season, and CF Ronnie Jebavy who managed 3⁄4 of a cycle in the game. Jebavy singled his first time up, doubled his second time up, and tripled in his third trip to the plate. Couldn’t pull off the natural cycle by homering though. He did however, come around to score the ultimate winning run after tripling to lead off the 5th.
The real drama of the night came in the 8th inning, when Dylan Rheault was called on to quench a bases-loaded, no-out situation with a one run lead. The big right-hander wormed out of it with two ground balls sandwiched around a strikeout to preserve the lead.
Dylan Rheault now 9-for-10 in save chances this season (2.45 ERA). Escaped a bases loaded, no out jam in a one-run game.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 7, 2017
And in a very welcome sight, Heath Quinn came off the DL prior to this game and entered the game pinch hitting for Gillaspie. It was Quinn’s first action since June 24th.
Augusta lost to the Columbia Fireflies (Mets), 2-1 in 10 inn
winning their three game series, 2-1
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Melvin Adon scuffled with the strike zone last night (55 strikes in 90 pitches) but he delivered a strong performance nonetheless, striking out 5 in 5.2 IP while allowing just one run on a Sac Fly on five hits. Adon’s ERA is down to 3.86 (an ugly 11 run outing back in mid June spiked it high up over 4.5) and he now has 57 Ks, 26 BBs in 63 IP.
Though Adon’s pitching matchup with Mets’ prospect Thomas Szapucki failed to materialize (Szapucki left after two batters with arm soreness), it turned into a low scoring affair nonetheless as the teams went to extra innings tied 1-1.
Sandro Fabian, who had been mired in a 2 for 28 slump, had two hits including a lead off double that turned into the team’s lone run. The team went down to defeat, however, when the normally reliable Patrick Ruotolo allowed just the 2nd HR of his professional career in the top of the 10th inning.
Kelvin Beltre was PH for in the middle of this game in the middle of an at bat. It seems there’s a minor injury involved there somehow but no word from the Greenjackets yet on severity.
Alex Bostic’s 2017 just refuses to improve as the lefty from Clemson once again couldn’t locate the strike zone. Bostic threw less than half his pitches for strikes, issuing 5 BBs, including three consecutive walks to start off the 3rd inning. That turned into a four-run rally for the AquaSox and ended Bostic’s night.
However, the Volanoes’ bats were erupting last night, and they bashed out 17 hits including a huge night from 1b Ryan Kirby. The lefty from San Ramon went 5 for 5 with 5 RBIs and a run scored as he seemed to be in the middle of every rally the Volcanoes had. In the top of the 7th, with the game tied 5-5, Kirby singled for the fourth time and came round to score the go ahead run on a Gustavo Cabrera double. In the 8th, he capped the night with a run-scoring double.
Cabrera also enjoyed a fine night picking up two doubles and stealing 3b (for his 1st SB of the year). Since starting the year 0 for 10, Cabrera has gone 8 for 20 over his last five games including 2 HRs, a triple and 2 doubles, bringing his SLG for the year up to .600. The down side of that is that those five games stretch back to June 27 as the powerful OF continues to have trouble staying on the field regularly (due I’m pretty sure to the skin graft issue). Such a terrible shame. So much talent.
Peter Lannoo, the Giants 28th round pick out of Cornell, closed out the night and man, it’s hard to have a better debut than this kid’s putting up. In his second appearance he struck out the side for the second time. He did allow a hit in this game, but Lannoo’s now struck out 6 of the first 7 batters he’s faced professionally. That’ll do, Lannoo!
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Ah but I know what you want you ravenous masses. And here I’ve buried the lede! You want HELIOT news! And Heliot does deliver. The exciting 17 year old went 2 for 3 with a walk last night and provided all the Giants’ runs with one powerful swing of the bat, his 2nd HR of the season. And an opposite field shot at that, as he took it out to RIght Center Field. Whoo-wee!
Do we all have Heliot Fever?
Austin Beck and Heliot Ramos interesting as prospect debate. Much closer than amateur reports indicated— Chris Kusiolek (@CaliKusiolek) July 6, 2017
Ramos is a better outfield glove than Beck, pretty easily actually. Hell of a lot more fluid with similar close— Chris Kusiolek (@CaliKusiolek) July 6, 2017
Beck isn't bad, by any stretch. He's gonna come around. But Ramos is nasty, and comparable on tool standard as well— Chris Kusiolek (@CaliKusiolek) July 6, 2017
I said, do we all have HELIOT FEVER!!!
#Giants first round pick Heliot Ramos is batting .467/.467/1.067 so far in the Arizona League... The ceiling is the roof.— Hudson Belinsky (@hudsonbelinsky) July 4, 2017
YEAH WE DO!
And check this out. One week in pro ball and already hitting the Prospect Hot Sheet, with Jacob Gonzalez right there with him.
Color me excited! Gonzalez had the first hitless day of his pro career, so apparently he’s not going to be a career .800 hitter. But that doesn’t mean he can’t be a career .400 hitter! (ok rog, settle down there now. Composure. Composure).
THESE KIDS ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(yes, yes, excellent composure. No one will know your secret enthusiasm).
RIght hander Miguel Figueroa had another fine outing and if you want to read a first hand report on him, check out Conner’s post from yesterday:
M.Figueroa made 3rd AZL start last night. Kept BBs to minimum. 4ip, 5h, 1r, 0bb, 2k. Feature on him from yesterday. https://t.co/1lesH4FPwH— Giant Potential (@giant_potential) July 7, 2017
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18 year old Colombian 2b Martin Doria was the offensive star in this game, picking up two hits and a walk and stealing his 6th base of the year (though he has been caught 4 times as well). Doria’s been an on base machine for the Giants, getting on at a .444 clip though with zero power as all 12 of his hits for the year have been singles.
Norwith Gudino continues to pound the strike zone in his third DSL go round. He now has 37 Ks and just 5 walks in 34 IP this year.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Matt Gage vs. TBD
Richmond: Sam Coonrod vs. David Hess
San Jose: Conner Menez vs. Pablo Lopez
Augusta: Caleb Baragar vs. Alejandro Requena
Salem-Keizer: Stetson Woods vs. Randy Bell
AZL: Deiyerbert Bolivar?
DSL: Francis Pena
Well hard to beat all that for excitement. But they can try!
As a final note of optimism, Baseball America’s got their mid-season Top 100 up this morning, and Chris Shaw checks in at 86. Maybe next year we’ll have more a-comin’?