There's just no comparing anyone to what Bumgarner did in Augusta, but I don't think they've had a starter put up these kinds of numbers since he was there...— Cove Chatter (@CoveChatter) July 30, 2019
Factually correct statement, Cove! As an 18 year old, Madison Bumgarner struck out 164 batters, while walking just 21, and posted an incredible 1.46 ERA over 141.2 IP in Augusta, in what was certainly the greatest full-season performance any Giants’ prospect has had this century. A stat line which doesn’t count the 6 shutout innings with 6 Ks that MadBum threw in Game 2 of the GreenJackets three-game sweep of the Sally championship.
With that incredible season dispensed with, however, I think we are seeing in Seth Corry’s 2019 arguably the best prospect pitching line since then. The 20 year old southpaw now leads the Sally in both ERA (1.85) and Ks (129) after a nearly perfect night.
And if that’s not enough to get our tongues wagging this morning, there’s this as well!
Top #SFGiants prospect Joey Bart clubbed three homers for San Jose and #Cubs lefty Brailyn Marquez fanned 14 batters over six innings for South Bend to earn Player of the Week awards.— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) July 29, 2019
Exciting times! Let’s get to it!
Sacramento, Richmond, and San Jose all had OFF Days
Which gives us some time for a little reading:
"Who I am and who I was is the same guy."— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) July 29, 2019
Giants top pitching prospect Logan Webb opens up to @DaltonJ_Johnson about dealing with his 80-game PED suspension and his mindset as he returns to the @GoSquirrels https://t.co/1CieWVoPK7 pic.twitter.com/MpcNINMc7W
oh, and if the MiLB honor wasn’t enough for Joey:
Augusta won at Lexington Legends (Royals), 9-1
winning their series, 3-1
Seth Corry was having a fine season prior to the Sally All Star break — 2.74 ERA, lots of strikeouts, walks were on the high side but all in all an excellent effort. But what he’s done since the break has shifted his season into another gear entirely. Over eight starts since the break, Corry has gone 7-0, posting an 0.84 ERA. He’s allowed just 6 runs (4 earned) in 43 innings. He’s struck out 56 in that time including 25 over his last 16.2 innings. And more significantly, he’s attacked the strike zone and significantly reduced the traffic on base. With just 11 walks and 18 hits in that span, he’s also posted a microscopic 0.67 WHIP — that’s nearly a full baserunner per inning fewer than his first half WHIP of 1.46.
Just an incredible stretch for the 20 year old lefty, the last remaining prospect standing in the GreenJackets once prospect rich rotation. Last night Corry was just one walk away from a perfect 5.2 IP. He wasn’t particularly pitch efficient — piling up 90 pitches in that time, with just 50 of them for strikes. But he was in the zone when he needed to be, and the Legend hitters didn’t seem to stand much of a chance against his low 90s fastball/breaking ball/change combination.
Seth Corry ends his night with career high K #10 and 5.2 no hit innings. Corry hasn’t allowed run since July 13 pic.twitter.com/TWxQxre40z— Roger Munter (@rog61) July 30, 2019
The GreenJackets bats busted loose in the 4th and 5th innings to give Corry and Co. plenty of support. The first five batters in the lineup each had two hits on the night, including HRs from Jacob Gonzalez (7) and Frankie Tostado (14).
Frankie Tostado goes out over the Pepsi Party Deck with his 14th big fly of the year pic.twitter.com/aW10DmMDBu— Roger Munter (@rog61) July 30, 2019
Gonzalez is one Giants’ prospect who seems to have totally missed the wave of good development stories in 2019. In his second season in Augusta he’s still looking for a way to drive the ball consistently into the air, taking advantage of his natural strength. Batting just .230 with a .661 OPS, this season has no doubt been a bitter disappointment for the 21 year old.
Jacob Gonzalez Drills his 7th HR of the year just off the bottom of the foul pole pic.twitter.com/o0Pd0z0HHQ— Roger Munter (@rog61) July 30, 2019
With the win, Augusta maintains its 2 game lead in the Southern Division. The GreenJackets have been their division’s strongest team across the two halves, as their overall record is 5 better than the closest competitor. But they were squeaked out for the 1st half title by Lexington and now face a tough challenge from Rome for the 2nd half.
Alexander Canario’s first inning HR kicked off a big night of offense for the Volcanoes, who turned 9 hits and 4 walks into 11 runs. The Volcanoes got a huge night from this year’s 10th round pick Jeff Houghtby who finished a triple short of a cycle and drove in three runs. Houghtby was the only player in the lineup with more than one hit as Salem-Keizer shared their glory around. Catcher Brandon Martorano also homered, while both Franklin Labour and Tyler Fitzgerald had run scoring doubles. Hunter Bishop is still struggling to get into the rhythm of things so far, as his lone hit on the night was a popup to the Catcher that fell in uncaught.
Alexander Canario has shown some impressive power early in his career. After going deep for @SKVolcanoes tonight, the 19-year-old has 10 homers in 34 games this season.— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 30, 2019
Here's where Canario landed on the updated #SFGiants Top 30 list: https://t.co/mwOOieH6eY pic.twitter.com/BnE2oGmnOK
Starter Conner Nurse stretched out with his longest start as a Volcano, going 4.2 innings and allowing 2 runs. Nurse has allowed just 4 earned runs in 12.2 IP with SK, striking out 8 and walking 8 in that time.
Team Orange was fairly rude to their campmates, pounding them in a 12-5 victory. The top of the Orange team’s lineup were creating opportunities the entire night, as the 1-4 hitters were on base 12 different times. That included another big night for Connor Cannon who hit a 3-run homer in the 1st inning to tie for the league lead.
Luciano had just one hit but walked 3 times, pushing his OBP up to .456. Luciano has 22 walks against 30 Ks so far in 147 PA. Another big on base night came from 3rd round pick Grant McCray, who walked 4 times on the night. Between the two staffs there were 17 walks issued in all. McCray hasn’t quite got in the swing of things with the bat yet, but he’s posting a .379 OBP by letting AZL pitchers do what AZL pitchers do well — miss the strike zone. McCray showed off his well-rounded toolset last night stealing a base and nailing Marco Luciano trying to take 3b at one point.
With this herculean effort the Giants leapfrogged two other teams to take the top position in the DSL’s Runs Allowed category. Giants pitching has surrendered 347 runs now in 49 games — that’s just over 7 runs per game on average. They’ve combined being fifth in the 45 team league in Hits allowed (446) and seventh in the league in Walks allowed (263) to create a lethal “Runs Creation” cocktail. And, because all pitching staffs need a helping hand from their defense, the team’s 94 unearned runs allowed is also second worst in the league. They’re only the third worst team in the league in given up earned runs. (Yay?)
Today’s Scheduled Starters:
Sacramento (Yoanys Quiala) @ San Antonio (Thomas Jankins)
Richmond (TBD) vs. Portland (TBD)
San Jose (Sean Hjelle) vs. Lake Elsinore (TBD)
Salem-Keizer (Travis Perry) vs. Tri-City (Jason Blanchard)
AZL Giants Orange (TBD) @ AZL Athletics Green (TBD)
AZL Giants Black (TBD) vs. AZL Athletics Gold (TBD)
DSL Giants (Jason Bonilla) @ DSL Tigers2 (TBD)
Lots to be determined today! But Sean Hjelle will definitely be taking to the mound to try to keep his — and the Giants — roll going. As we near the season’s final month, there’s still one major debut we’re waiting for — 11th round pick Trevor McDonald. Will we be seeing McDonald show up in an AZL line score this year? We shall see what we shall see!