You want draft talk? Well…there are other places for it! We’ve got a shortened Minor Lines for you today, with only two of five team playing. Because of the schedule, not because of the rain, for once.
A farewell must be said for one Giants prospect on this day that we said hello to two new members of the organization.
26-year old D.J. Snelten was designated for assignment on May 28th when the Giants selected the contract of Dereck Rodriguez. On June 4th, Snelten was claimed off of waivers by the Baltimore Orioles, and sent to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.
Sacramento had a scheduled day off
The River Cats sit in a tie for second in the PCL Pacific Northern Division, 6.5 games behind the Fresno Grizzlies, and tied with the Rainiers at 28-30.
On the off-day, one of the team’s newcomers got a big honor. Conner Menez won PCL Pitcher of the Week honors. He made his second career start at Triple-A after having just turned 23, and went seven shutout innings, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out 8.
Menez had a 3.83 ERA in 9 starts with San Jose, where he’d spent most of the season. Menez did start the season in Sacramento, making a spot start on April 12th three, giving up four earned runs in four innings on five hits and four walks.
A rough start for Shaun Anderson was nearly overcome, but not quite in this Richmond loss.
Anderson gave up hits to each of the first four batters he faced, including a triple. That led to three runs scored, putting Richmond behind. However, the rest of the way, Anderson gave up only one more run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. It was the third game in the last four where Anderson gave up four earned runs, as his ERA has jumped from 2.31 to 3.38.
The Squirrels did fight back and tied the game in the 9th inning on John Polonius’ first home run of the season. The 27-year old Polonius has played in 13 games across San Jose, Sacramento and Richmond, where he played only his second game of the season. Polonius also hit his fourth double of the season, his first in Double-A. Polonius was one of three hitters to have a 2-hit game. Jerry Sands was 2-for-3 with his 10th double of the year, and also collected a pair of walks. Sands had his second straight game with two hits and two walks, and has a .222/.341/.444 batting line on the year.
Caleb Simpson took a tough loss, facing seven batters and striking out three of them. However, two were singles in the 10th inning, allowing the runner on second to score (unearned, as is the rule with the extra-inning placed baserunner).
San Jose had a scheduled day off
San Jose is 30-27, and sit five games behind the Stockton Ports in the division as the first half of the season winds down.
Augusta had a scheduled day off
With the end of the first half about two weeks away, the Augusta GreenJackets hold onto a 1-game lead over the second place Rome Braves with a 34-20 record. Augusta is on a 3-game losing streak while Rome and Lexington (3.5 games back) have won their last three.
Meanwhile, help the GreenJackets get their new Ballpark voted up in The Ballpark Digest fan vote!
It’s time for the second round of the MiLB Best of the Ballparks 2018 fan vote, Low-A! This Sally/Midwest league matchup pits SRP Park (@GreenJackets) against Fox Cities Stadium (@TimberRattlers). Help your fave make it to the next round by voting: https://t.co/pG9AQRxn3q pic.twitter.com/3LLO2Mleff— Ballpark Digest (@ballparkdigest) June 5, 2018
The DSL got back on track, with the league’s second games of the season happening after the traditional Sunday off. And the game was not a very clean one.
The Giants had eight runs on nine hits, but also nine walks and seven errors against the Royals. Samuel Jorge led the Giants, going 2-for-4 with his second double of the season and two walks. The 18-year old had a 2-hit game in his season debut as well. 18-year old Second baseman Andrew Carabello worked three walks while batting 1-for-2 with a triple.
19-year old Robinson Batista, who has a combined 25 games over the past two seasons, was 2-for-6, but struck out each of the four at-bats in which he did not get hits.
On the mound, two 17-year old pitchers made their system debuts. Freddery Paulino gave up five hits in four innings, and two walks against four strikeouts. Working in relief, Venezuelan Jesus Gomez went more innings, accumulating seven with the extra innings. The left hander gave up eight hits but also struck out eight, while walking three.
Today’s Scheduled Starters
Sacramento: TBD vs. TBD
Richmond: Jordan Johnson vs. Brody Koerner
San Jose: TBD vs. TBD
Augusta: TBD vs. TBD
DSL: TBD vs. TBD
Ah, the TBDs. I just think a bunch of interns were watching the draft rather than entering the announced starters into the websites. For the game we know, Brady Koerner was a 17th round pick in 2015 by the Yankees, and has a 5.92 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A.