It’s Minor Lines! Sliding into opening day like
HIGHLIGHTS: Tyler Beede allowed 1 hit in 5 IP; Melvin Adon struck out 6 in 3 IP.
Just to take care of a little housekeeping, as Kevin mentioned the other day we’re trying to make Minor Lines more mobile friendly this year so we’ll be making some minor formatting adjustments. We’ll be using screenshots of the box score from our good friends at MiLB.com rather than tables. We’ve linked to the box score page in the headings so you can check out the full version as well (and really, you should hang out on the MILB site and check out all their cool features anyway). For all our mobile device readers, please let us know how it looks and feel free to suggest improvements. Now on to the losses... er, I mean games!
Announcement of Andrew Suarez as the opening game starter set up a little drama on the interwebs...
This would line up Suarez potentially to pitch April 10 when the Giants need a fifth starter. Then again, a rainout Friday could change their needs. https://t.co/gi4kW7EKD2— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) April 5, 2018
You might have found yourself wondering (as your humble narrator did): “Why in the world would they create a need to make a 40 man move for just a couple of starts, when Beede is already there? WHY!?!?!?”
No worries, Joe Ritzo calmed everything down with the answer:
Tyler Beede now scheduled to make the opening night start for the #SJGiants this evening at Inland Empire. Change was made due to likely weather issues Sacramento will encounter in Tacoma over the next few days.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) April 5, 2018
Typical spring like weather in the great Northwest was iffy, and the Giants didn’t want to take the chance that rainout or delay would throw Beede’s schedule off, so he was moved to the Cal league for the day to stay on target for the April 10 (or 11th) start.
And indeed, weather played a role in the game which was delayed by 90 minutes at the start. Once they finally got going, the chill weather seemed to depress the bats with both teams scoreless through 5. Suarez threw 4 shutout innings, allowing just one hit, but four walks and a lot of deep counts led to an elevated pitch count and an early exit. When DJ Snelten failed to retire any of the three batters he faced to open the 6th, Tacoma pounced on the opportunity for a big 5 run inning that provided all the night’s scoring.
The Rivercats managed 7 hits on the nights, including doubles from each of their first three hitters (Duggar, Slater, and Shaw) but 12 Ks and a 1 for 10 with RISP chilled their opportunities (C wut I did there...it was cold!). Austin Slater and Hector Sanchez were the only Rivercats to avoid a whiff on the night, and Slater was the only player to reach base safely twice.
Ah well, let’s enjoy the bat swinging stylings of Steven Duggar:
Red hoodies looking sharp. pic.twitter.com/yMI2pSBfjl— Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) April 5, 2018
More chilly baseball was on tap in the North East, where Richmond opened their season by taking on recent Eastern League powerhouse the Trenton Thunder, which has been a repository of the Yankees awesome array of prospect talent the last two years. This year is no exception for the defending champs, as they sent NYY 40 man member and Yanks #9 prospect Domingo Acevedo to face the Squirrels.
Acevedo was hardly dominant, but he did help hold the Squirrels to just four hits on the night. Two of those came from the team’s best hitting prospect, Aramis Garcia, but the one that did the damage came from Dylan Davis, who provided the system with its first minor linen HR of the year.
The game was tied 2-2 in the 7th, when Jonah Arenado’s two-out throwing error allowed the go ahead run to score. Ryan Halstead, who should have been out of the inning, then compounded the mistake by allowing a big two-run homer and the match was decided.
Dusten Knight, who spent most of last year in AAA, had a terrific AA debut, striking out 4 of the 5 batters he faced. Although, before the “call him UP!” chants start, I’m forced to note that Knight is a 27-year old who the Giants chose to move down the ladder, rather than up.
Cory Taylor got the opening day assignment and the burly RHP was solid through 4.2 IP, striking out 5 while allowing a solo HR.
Back to Tyler Beede, who almost certainly will be making his major league debut next week. Beede came out of the gates a wee bit shaky, walking the first two batters he faced on just 10 pitches, but he recovered to throw 5 strong innings, allowing just one hit while striking out 4.
Baseball America’s west coast representative Kyle Glaser was on hand for the game, so let’s head to the field correspondent!
Tyler Beede has yet to allow a hit through four innings for @SJGiants. FB 92-95 but he’s having a lot of trouble throwing it for a strike. Getting a lot of his outs on hitters rolling over his secondary stuff. #Giants— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) April 6, 2018
Tyler Beede’s night is done. 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K. FB 92-95, struggled to throw it for strikes, was mostly low and in the LHH batters box. Mostly got hitters to roll over or chase low-to-mid 80s breaking ball #Giants— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) April 6, 2018
Beede was matched on the other side by the Angels #9 prospect Griffin Canning out of UCLA. Canning simply dominated the San Jose lineup in his Cal league debut:
Griffin Canning just ended the 4th getting Sandro Fabian swinging through an elevated 95 mph fastball. He’s at 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K. Holding 95 and touching 97, CB and SL both out pitches. Simply put, he’s been fantastic #Angels— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) April 6, 2018
After the starters left, there was even more excitement for velocity hounds, as the originally scheduled starter, Melvin Adon finished up Beede’s start and Adon, in his Cal League debut, brought the extreme heat
Melvin Adon is working 96-100, touched 102, and it’s in and around the zone. As impressive: a backdoor 84-85 mph slider he’s run up a pair of lefties on. #Giants— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) April 6, 2018
GET EXCITED PEOPLES!!
This game probably had the best takeaways of the night for the Giants’s farm: Beede on track to make his major league debut in 5 days, and Adon making a strong impression in his High A debut. Maybe tomorrow night the bats will give us something to think about, until then...
I know, I know, y’all really came here for the Heliot news! But sadly, the story in Columbia was mostly more of the same story: silent bats. Ramos’ full season debut was short on glory as he went 0 for 5 with 2 strikeouts. A 9th inning rally actually brought Heliot up with two outs and a chance to play the three-run HR hero of the night. But there was no joy in Mudville on this night:
Get ‘em next time!
Jacob Gonzalez also took an 0 fer in his full season debut though he did work a walk and reached on an error. The best swings of the night belonged to 2b Orlando Garcia who lined a double to the Right Center gap and also had an opposite field single. In one of my looks at Orlando in camp he hit a booming triple off the wall in RF, so I’m quickly gaining the impression that he has a solid opposite field power approach.
Jason Bahr had a nice debut. He blew away the first batter he saw on three pitches and ended up striking out 4 in 3 IP of work, though he clearly tired in the 3rd inning. I noticed in my look at Bahr in camp that his stuff degraded noticeably over multiple innings, but it’s still early in the year and he’s building up arm strength. Still, something to file away for the former college swingman.
Tonight’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento: Casey Kelly vs. Josh Smith
Richmond: Shaun Anderson vs. Justus Sheffield
San Jose: Logan Webb vs. TBD
Augusta: Garrett Cave vs. Joe Vacallaro
Spotlight on Trenton, where the Giants’ #9 prospect takes on the Yankees’ #3 prospect (and 39th best prospect in baseball according to Baseball America’s most recent Top 100.
I’m also eagerly anticipating Logan Webb’s Cal League debut, to see if his great spring camp will continue over into the regular season.
And of course, we’re all eagerly anticipating this swing to ignite:
Enjoy the ballgames everyone!