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SF Giants Minor Lines 8/18/17: Mac Williamson gets 4 hits

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Short slate tonight due to weather and schedule. Playoff chases in SJ and SK have very different results.

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Having broken with our parochialism yesterday, maybe I’ll just keep that up today and pose a little prospect trivia quiz. There are three players in the minors who have posted 20/20 seasons this year. All three are tremendous, elite-level prospects in the game. Do you know who they are?

Closer to home, the Giants org has one player who’s had a 10/10 season. Do you know who that is? I’ll answer both in the comments section with a spoiler box.

HIGHLIGHTS: Mac Williamson reached base 5x; Patrick Ruotolo struck out the side; Logan Baldwin reached base for 30th straight game; Ghordy Santos reached base 4x with triple, SB; Norwith Gudino struck out 8 over 5 shutout innings.


Sacramento won at Reno Aces (Diamondbacks), 7-3
winning their four game series, 3-1

Sacramento Bats

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Melvin Upton Jr. CF 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .250
Conor Gillaspie 3B 5 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Mac Williamson RF 4 1 4 1 0 0 2 1 0 .242
Chris Shaw LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 .287
Tim Federowicz C 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .290
Ryan Lollis 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Juan Ciriaco 2B 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .275
Ali Castillo SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .262
a- Slade Heathcott PH 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .293
Juniel Querecuto 2B 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .237

Sacramento Arms

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Matt Gage 5.1 6 2 2 3 3 0 6.33
Kraig Sitton (BS, 3)(W, 6-4) 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 0 3.95
Steven Okert (H, 2) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.80
Derek Law (S, 8) 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 2.83

Mac Williamson loves him some Reno! The big RF went 4 for 4 with a walk to help lead the RiverCats to the series victory. Sacramento went with a singles heavy approach in this one, with only two XBH among their 11 hits. For the series, Mac went 9 for 17 with two doubles and two HRs, raising his OPS 51 points over the four games. In another nice late season push, Williamson is hitting .368 over his last 10 games.

It wasn’t just Mac, though. Sacramento got great production from their 2-3-4 hitters who accounted for 9 of the team’s 11 hits. Conor Gillaspie was the table setter, going 3 for 5 and scoring 3 runs. While Williamson and Shaw teamed up to drive in 5 runs on six hits. That included back to back two-out RBI singles in the 7th to break a 3-3 tie and give Sacramento the lead for good.

As has been true all series, the RiverCats were also playing strong defense. Here’s the forgotten man, Melvin Upton Jr. showing off the wheels for a, somewhat controversial out.

All in all a nice showing against the first place Aces.


Richmond’s game against Akron (Indians) was suspended by rain in the top of 2nd
Richmond leads 7-0 after a huge rally in the bottom of the 1st. The game will be completed today as part of a double header.


San Jose lost to Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks), 11-1

San Jose Bats

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Steven Duggar DH 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 .268
Ryan Howard SS 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .314
Bryan Reynolds RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .308
Jonah Arenado 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .267
Dillon Dobson 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .247
Heath Quinn LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .233
Matt Pare C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .206
John Polonius SS-P 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .272
Ronnie Jebavy CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .248
Jalen Miller 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .222

San Jose Arms

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Conner Menez (L, 6-7) 3.1 9 6 6 2 4 1 4.65
Matt Krook 2.2 1 0 0 1 4 0 5.44
Rodolfo Martinez 2 3 2 2 0 4 1 3.38
Dylan Rheault 0.2 3 3 0 0 0 0 2.48
John Polonius 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

Well, you have to do better than that, guys. After gaining a share of 1st place Wednesday night, the Giants have thrown two incredibly flat performances out in front of the home crowd. Perhaps they are reminding us that, although a small league and a weak division is giving them the opportunity for a playoff chase, they’re still the team with the worst record in the Cal League (56-69).

Conner Menez started the year fairly strong, but he’s clearly leaking oil down the stretch. Menez has now surrendered at least four runs in six of his last seven starts and this was the fifth time in that stretch that he’s failed to make to 5 IP. He hasn’t gone more than 5 innings since an 8 inning performance way back on June 30.

The offense started out looking like it would do some damage against the Diamondbacks midseason #3 prospect, Joe Duplantier. Steven Duggar welcomed Duplantier with a leadoff double and then Bryan Reynolds drew a walk. But Duplantier shut that hope down quickly, retiring the next 9 batters in a row, 4 of them via the K. In all the RHP struck out 8 Giants and allowed just 3 more hits after the leadoff double in 5 innings.

So, was there anything good about this game? Matt Krook went a solid 2.2 shutout innings, striking out 4, throwing his sinking fastball in the 89-91 range.

Oh, here’s an interesting note!

Yeah I’m protecting this arm if I’m the Giants.

I’m open to suggestions that that ungodly mess they were wearing last night was entirely responsible for the lousy game. With two straight losses, the Giants are now in a three-way tie for 2nd just one game behind Modesto. Times ticking away on your opportunity to make hay at home, fellows. Let’s get some Ws!


Augusta won at Charleston River Dogs (Yankees), 5-4

Augusta Bats

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Carlos Garcia SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
Shawon Dunston Jr. LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .252
a- Jacob Heyward PH-LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .228
Jean Angomas DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274
Skyler Ewing 1B 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .240
Sandro Fabian RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .258
Kelvin Beltre 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .251
Michael Bernal 3B 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .250
Adam Sonabend C 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .214
Johneshwy Fargas CF 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 .219

Augusta Arms

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Caleb Baragar 6 7 2 2 1 5 0 4.36
Nolan Riggs (BS, 4)(W, 3-5) 2 2 2 1 0 2 0 2.28
Patrick Ruotolo (S, 15) 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.96

Highlight reel! (well, RiverDogs highlights anyway)

After Nolan Riggs allowed the tying and go ahead runs in the bottom of the 8th, Augusta launched its own two-run rally to take the lead, and ultimately the game, back in the top of the 9th. Jean Angomas opened the inning with a single and Skyler Ewing’s double set the Greenjackets up. Sandro Fabian singled in the tying run and, after a Kelvin Beltre strikeout, Michael Bernal brought in the winner with a Sac Fly.

Patrick Ruotolo then slammed the door shut with a perfect 3 up/3 K’d inning. He tied for the league lead with his 15th Save. This was the sixth time this year that Ruotolo had struck out every batter he faced. The former UConn pitcher continues to put up tremendous numbers as a pro. His career K rate is north of 35% and his career K9 is over about 13.5. This year he’s piled up 57 Ks against just 9 unintentional walks in 41.1 innings of work. Pretty crazy stuff. He’s not big and he’s not overpowering, but he keeps the ball out of the middle of the plate and he really competes with what stuff he has.

Augusta is already hard at work building anticipation for next season’s move. Their home debut at the new park is going to be next April 12 against the Lexington Legends. They unveiled a pretty good looking sneak peak of their new home yesterday. Of course, they should have sent Heliot out there to hit a ball into the woods, like the Giants did with Barry Bonds the day they broke ground at AT&T.


Salem-Keizer beat the Boise Hawks (Rockies), 4-3
sweeping their three game series, 3-0

Salem-Keizer Bats

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Bryce Johnson CF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .340
Logan Baldwin LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .383
Orlando Garcia 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .294
Ryan Kirby 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .283
Frandy De La Rosa DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .111
Manuel Geraldo SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .270
Juan Rodriguez RF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .264
Dylan Manwaring C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .188
a- Dalton Combs PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243
Chris Corbett C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125
Kevin Rivera 3B 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .269

Talk about a pro debut: Logan Baldwin reached base for the 30th consecutive game last night. Baldwin has, by the way, played in just 37 games as a pro, and in one of those his only action was as a Pinch Runner. Baldwin and Bryce Johnson have given Salem-Keizer a incredibly dynamic top of the order since showing up.

For his part, Johnson has reached base in 38 of the 42 games he’s played as a pro, including three games in which his only appearance was as a Pinch Hitter. Though they do it differently, both Baldwin and Johnson have OBP above .400 (Johnson has by far the better walk rate) and they can run when they get there.

In the finale of this showdown with Boise, the offense didn’t explode like it had in the first two games. Instead they did just enough to pull off the sweep. Kevin Rivera, Johnson, and Baldwin opened the 3rd inning with three straight singles, starting a three-run rally.

And then in the 7th in a 3-3 game, Rivera and Johnson again made things happen. Rivera led off with a single and then Johnson used his speed to put pressure on the defense. Johnson laid down a bunt single and Rivera scored all the way from 1b when the Catcher threw the ball into the RF corner.

That would get the job done as Logan Webb came on and gave three innings of sterling relief, striking out 4 and allowing no runs. It was Webb’s second straight three inning appearance, as the Giants are perhaps stretching him back out with an eye on returning him to a rotation in 2018.

With the sweep over Boise, the Volcanoes, like San Jose, are now in a three-way tie for 2nd place, just one game behind Hillsboro. And they have the opportunity to take things into their own hands with Hillsboro coming to town for a four-game series starting tonight. That series, will include one of the most talked about promotions of the minor league schedule, of course, on Monday morning.


AZL Giants had their regular off day.

Sorry. But, here, enjoy this video and some notes on Seth Corry and Camilo Doval:


DSL Giants beat DSL Orioles, 8-0

DSL Bats

Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Raiber Gutierrez RF 5 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 .275
Ghordy Santos SS 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 .228
Alexander Canario DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .291
Franklin Labour LF 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 .317
Samuel Jorge 3B 5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .235
Jose Patino CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .233
Omar Medina 1B 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .218
Keyberth Mejias C 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .196
Anyesber Sivira 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .219

DSL Arms

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Norwith Gudino (W, 5-1) 5 3 0 0 2 8 0 2.00
Abel Adames (H, 4) 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 1.32
Brayan De Pena 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 11.25
Orleny Quiroz 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.48

After Miguel Gomez I’m not going to make assumptions about players who repeat the DSL, even multiple times. And after Melvin Adon I’m not going to make too many assumptions about pitchers’ ages down there. Taken together, I plan on remaining positively agnostic on Norwith Gudino, 21 year old RHP now in his third DSL season. I don’t really know why Gudino hasn’t made his way to America yet but I hope he will after this year.

What we do know is that he’s performed extremely well in the league and he has pretty decent stuff. Over three years he’s posted an ERA of 2.75 overall — it’s down to 2.00 this year — and he’s had a pretty incredible K/BB ratio of 167 to 30 in 171 innings.

Gudino kept the Giants desperate late season run rolling, throwing the first 5 innings of a three-hit shutout and striking out 8. He now leads the DSL in strikeouts with 73 on the season, while walking just 10 (two of those intentionally). He was a little sloppy with the control yesterday, as he walked 20% of his season total. Hopefully this is the year Norwith makes it to Scottsdale. Because of course I love writing “Neither without, Norwith Gudino...”

The pitching had plenty of support as the Giants knocked out 14 hits and stole 5 bases. Ghordy Santos led the attack with a terrific day. He had two hits including the teams only extra base hit (his 4th triple of the year). He also walked twice and stole his 15th base of the year. Santos has been a big part of the Giants’ 14-2 Augusta record, slashing .391/.509/.630 this month. The batting average hasn’t looked so hot this year, but nearly half of his hits have gone for extra bases, he has more walks than strikeouts, and he came into the year as a SS who’s glove was considered ahead of his bat. Keeper! I’m on Team Ghordy!

Raiber Gutierrez and Samuel Jorge each had three hits as well, while Franklin Labour had yet another two-hit effort.


Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Casey Kelly vs. Yency Almonte
Richmond: TBD; Dan Slania vs. Luis Lugo
San Jose: Mark Reyes vs. Bo Takahashi
Augusta: Raffi Vizcaino vs. Freicer Perez
Salem-Keizer: TBD vs. Tyler Vail
AZL: Miguel Figueroa
DSL: Francis Pena

Sacramento and Augusta hitters both get to measure themselves against pretty strong pitching prospects. Almonte was #9 on the Rockies midseason list for Baseball America, while Friecer Perez is a tremendous low-level sleeper prospect in the Yankees’ system (he’s handled Augusta pretty well previously this year). Richmond, which has been struggling to fill innings unfortunately had to burn a starter last night with Nate Reed getting just 4 outs before the rains came. I’d assume they’ll have to turn to Seth Rosin and other bullpen options to get through one of their two games tonight and then have to hope that Dan Slania can give them some innings in the second one.

Enjoy the weekend everybody! Kevin will be here as usual tomorrow and then be back with a special in person report on the Eclipse Game.

In the meantime, enjoy this delightful story on our own celestial phenomenon, the comet known as Timmy: