....and in more draft news, the Baltimore Orioles are apparently about to select Barry Bonds.
HIGHLIGHTS: Johneshwy Fargas had three hits and two SB; Matt Frisbee struck out a career high 10 batters;
Hiii everyone we’re on slight light delay...we’re doing our best to get them on! In the meantime send us memes— Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) June 1, 2019
Players signing autographs during the light delay. pic.twitter.com/BwNjUAwTHd— Kristin (@legaleagle88) June 1, 2019
The lights went out at Raley Field last night — and judging by the score one might guess that they were never turned back on. Sacramento won just the fourth 1-0 game in the PCL this year on a solo HR from Mike Gerber.
Ger— Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) June 1, 2019
On the board with a 1-0 lead in the third! pic.twitter.com/hmq4CFhE5T
Interestingly, Sacramento and Las Vegas had each been involved in one of the previous three 1-0 games, with both of those games haven taken place within the last week.
Gerber continued to be one of the leading lights in Sacramento’s lineup. He’s slashing .344/.416/.669 in the PCL this year. He does have an elevated K rate though of 27.6% and that’s what’s really killed him in his short shots at the big leagues thus far. Between trials in Detroit and San Francisco, Gerber has struck out in 30 of his 63 MLB plate appearances thus far.
The light delay led to a Johnny Wholestaff sort of night, with five pitchers combining on the 3-hit shutout. That included five straight perfect innings of relief from Pat Venditte, Dillon McNamara, and I assume the jet-lagged Williams Jerez.
Chris Shaw, in his return to Sacramento, went 0 for 4. But he was happy!
We’re really living the minor league life with this light delay. We’re at a Sweet Caroline singalong. Baby Shark was a half hour ago.— Kristin (@legaleagle88) June 1, 2019
It’s always fun to visit one of the run-scoring environments in the Eastern League and let the bats out a little bit.
Johneshwy Fargas was all over the diamond last night — helping boost the Squirrels to a 9-4 victory. Fargas led the team with three hits and a walk — including a run-scoring triple that keyed a two-run rally in the 3rd inning.
ALMOST left the yard, Johneshwy! Fargas also stole two more bases, giving him 13 on the year. That catapulted him over Jalen Miller for the team lead and put him just one SB behind the league leader (Binghamton’s Sam Haggerty). And, of course, he played his typical sterling defense.
That ended a pretty solid month of May for Johneshwy, in which he hit .274/.351/.393 and boosted the season OPS up to .657. I still think there can be a Juan Perez career in here somewhere.
Jalen Miller helped with two Sac Flies on the night, but the 2b is more than ready to turn the page on May — he posted just a .560 OPS this month after getting off to an excellent .849 OPS start in April.
Matt Frisbee became the first Giants’ prospect to hit double digit Ks this year, but a rough 2nd inning and a lack of run support doomed him to the loss. Frisbee walked just one batter in the game, but he chose an unfortunate time to do it — sandwiched between a leadoff double and a three-run home run that broke the game open in the bottom of the 2nd.
He recovered brilliantly, allowing just one base runner the rest of the game. He would strike out the final six batters he faced in the game. The 15th round pick last year out of UNC Greensboro now has 59 Ks in 45.2 IP in his first full season.
San Jose actually out-hit Lake Elsinore with 9 hits including four doubles, but they struggled to bring those hitters home, going just 1 for 9 with RISP.
Heliot Ramos extended his hit streak to 7 games (that stretches back to April 22!) with a first inning single that briefly pushed his batting average above .300. Ramos’ 1.047 OPS would lead the league were he qualified. He did, however, get Caught Stealing for the 3rd time this year — gunned down by a kid that the Giants were heavily connected to for the pick that ultimately wound up being Ramos, Luis Campusano (a David Lee favorite).
Manny Geraldo had two hits — he’s still trying to get that average up above the Mendoza Line. It’s been a tough adjustment for the switch-hitting SS this year.
The Greenjackets offense was swarming last night, with nearly everybody in the lineup contributing to the steady attack. Four different players had two hits, and everybody reached base safely at least once (Jacob Gonzalez only trip to the bases came from a painful fastball off the knee).
As has been the case so often this year, one of the big swings of the bat came from 1b Frankie Tostado, who brought Augusta back from an early deficit.
Frankie Tostado showing off that left handed power again with a two-run triple off the wall pic.twitter.com/5vIVVzFi57— Roger Munter (@rog61) June 1, 2019
There’s legit power in that swing for sure. Tostado has bounced back nicely from his first serious slump of the year. He’s gone 14 for his last 42 at bats, a stretch that includes 3 HRs and five extra base hits, though he could tighten up his control of the zone a good bit. The 21 year old has 50 Ks to 13 BBs on the year.
In the following inning, Augusta launched another 3-run rally when they opened the inning with three consecutive bunts. The first two were successful base hits. The third....an extremely successful sacrifice
You may have taken notice of the home plate ump in that clip — that’s Jen Pawol, who is one of, I believe, two female umpires in pro ball, and who has gotten to ump some major league action in spring training. She’s been on the last couple of Augusta series. She has some historic baseball dreams of her own to chase. Good luck Jen!
We can feature Pawol a little more on the final Greenjackets’ run of the night, with Nico Giarratano barely sneaking in under the tag on a Wild Pitch.
More Ground Attack as Nico Giarratano sneaks in under the tag pic.twitter.com/Mj1YM2WPlM— Roger Munter (@rog61) June 1, 2019
As you can tell, speed and aggressiveness was the key for the Jackets last night. They don’t have a lot of power, but they do have team speed and can use it in myriad ways to help win games.
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento (Yoanys Quiala) vs. Las Vegas (Tyler Alexander)
Richmond (Garrett Williams) @ Reading (Jose Taveras) Gm 1
Richmond (TBD) @ Reading (Adonis Medina)
San Jose (Jake Wong) @ Lake Elsinore (TBD)
Augusta (Blake Rivera) @Columbia (Christian James)
DSL Giants (Rafael Martinez) vs DSL Colorado (TBD)
Interesting double header in Reading, where Garrett Williams hasn’t fared very well the last couple of years. In the nightcap of the twin bill, Reading will send to the mound a kid that Giants pro scouts are almost certainly drilling down deep on right now, Adonis Medina who is certainly a primary potential trade target as the Phillies try to position themselves for a championship run.
And we have reached the end of the Full Season Affiliates monopoly. Short Season ball starts today down in the Dominican Republic.
Essential Dominican connection GPT had a lot of things to say about the DSL Giants’ roster on twitter yesterday, and it’s worth perusing through his entire feed to catch some of his insights. But for now we start with the lineup. Luis Matos is the big dollar signing here — the third of their major J2 acquisitions last summer — though Catcher Rayner Santana brings a pretty decent pedigree as well. Ben Badler also singled out Venezuelan Victor Bericoto as a potential lower-level sleeper signing in his Giants International Review this year. Giants’ brass were very pleased with what they saw from Rafael Martinez after his J2 signing in 2016, but he’s missed nearly all of the last two seasons after undergoing TJ surgery. Hopefully this is the year he stays on the field.
DSL Giants opening day lineup:— GPT (@giantsprospects) June 1, 2019
RF Alexander Suarez
LF Carlos Cuevas
DH Rayner Santana
CF Luis Matos
C Omar Medina
1B Victor Bericoto
2B Diego Verbel
3B Jose Peralta
SS Roberto Monegro
SP Rafael Martinez