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Minor League round up, Sept. 14

A round up of the San Francisco Giants Minor League affiliates.

San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers
Arismendy Alcántara homered and doubled for AAA Sacramento
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

An eight-game slate for the San Francisco Giants affiliates on Tuesday. High-A Eugene had their game cancelled due to COVID-19, but one of the Dominican Summer League teams finished off a game from last month to keep things extra busy.

Let’s jump in.

Link to the 2021 McCovey Chronicles Community Prospect List (CPL)

All listed positions are the positions played in that game.

AAA Sacramento (48-63)

Sacramento River Cats lost to the Tacoma Rainers (Mariners) 7-4
Box score

The River Cats got walked off in emphatic fashion. They entered the ninth inning with a 4-3 lead, but RHP Norwith Gudino gave up a game-tying rally that featured a walk to former Giant Alen Hanson, then allowed a 3-run, walk-off home run.

It spoiled the best AAA start of the year for RHP Sean Hjelle (No. 11 CPL), who gave up 6 hits, 3 walks, and 3 earned runs in 5 innings, with 6 strikeouts. Hjelle is still struggling something fierce since getting promoted, with a 6.08 ERA and 23 strikeouts to 19 walks in 37 innings, but a step in the right direction.

Shortstop Arismendy Alcántara was the offensive star, with the team’s only extra-base hits: a home run and a double, which raised his OPS to .942. Alcántara might be leading the race for best AAA season for a player that never got called up to the Giants. It’s not often that a AAA team’s home run leader never gets called up, but that’s what happens when you have truly absurd infield depth.

Also a nice day for center fielder Heliot Ramos (No. 3 CPL), who hit 3-5 to bump his OPS to .692. These last few weeks of the season are pretty important for him.

AA Richmond (56-52)

Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Erie SeaWolves (Tigers) 6-3
Box score

The Giants brass will be happy with the strikeout to walk ratios in this game, as the Richmond hitters and pitchers both had 10 strikeouts — but the former drew 7 walks, while the latter issued none.

Third baseman David Villar added to his single-season Richmond home run record with his 20th of the year, pushing his OPS to .898.

Right fielder Sandro Fabian (No. 31 CPL) joined Villar on the dinger train, and also added a single and an outfield assist. He now has a .773 OPS.

Also a nice day for left fielder Vince Fernandez, who drew 2 walks and tripled, bringing his OPS to .810. But another rough day for shortstop Will Wilson (No. 10 CPL), who had a strikeout hat trick while going 0-4 (though he drew a walk). It’s now 74 strikeouts in 206 plate appearances since getting promoted, while hitting below the Mendoza line.

RHP Akeel Morris had a nice start, allowing 6 baserunners and 3 earned runs in 5.2 innings with 7 strikeouts. And another nice performance from RHP R.J. Dabovich (No. 36 CPL), who struck out 2 in a scoreless inning of relief, giving him 32 strikeouts to 7 walks in 18.2 innings.

High-A San Jose (73-42)

San Jose Giants beat the Fresno Grizzlies (Rockies) 10-0
Box score

Hard to do much better than scoring 10 runs and allowing none, but the Baby Giants are on fire right now, so that’s what they do. It was San Jose’s sixth straight win, and they’ve scored 60 runs in those games.

Let’s start with the pitching. LHP Kyle Harrison (No. 9 CPL) made one of the final starts of his season, and was once again electric. He gave up just 2 hits and 0 runs in 5 innings, though he got a little wild with 3 walks and a hit batter. But he continues to be a strikeout machine, with 8 on the day, bringing his tally up to 157 in 98.2 innings, while lowering his ERA to 3.19. The 52 walks are the only stain on what has been an absolutely brilliant debut season for someone who just turned 20 last month.

The bullpen was equally brilliant, as RHP Wilkelma Castillo struck out 3 in 2 innings, LHP Juan Sanchez struck out 1 in 1 inning, and RHP Clay Helvey struck out 2 in 1 inning, with none of them allowing a hit or a walk.

Offensively, the Baby Giants scored with persistence and patience. They didn’t have a home run, but had 12 hits, struck out just 6 times, and were the beneficiaries of a quartet of walks.

Second baseman Jimmy Glowenke (No. 34 CPL) and right fielder Najee Gaskins both had 3-hit days, with Glowenke’s OPS rising to .778, and Gaskins adding a double to bump his to .850.

Center fielder Luis Matos (No. 5 CPL) hit 2-5 with a double to move his OPS to .842, while designated hitter Ghordy Santos reached base 3 times and stole 2 bases, giving him a .783 OPS.

ACL Orange (34-22)

ACL Giants Orange beat the D-backs 5-1 (7 innings)
Box score

An awesome start by RHP Trevor McDonald (No. 23 CPL, 20, 2019 11th round), who is finishing the season strong after losing much of the year to injuries. He pitched 6 innings, and gave up just 5 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run, with 5 strikeouts.

The offense only had 5 hits, but drew 7 walks and scored 3 unearned runs thanks to some errors. Center fielder P.J. Hilson (21, 2018 6th round) was the star, with a double, a walk, and both of the team’s RBI, raising his OPS to .628.

First baseman Garrett Frechette (No. 27 CPL, 20, 2019 5th round) also had a strong game, with a single and 2 walks to bump his OPS to .829. Nice season for him.

ACL Black (27-29)

ACL Giants Black lost to the White Sox 7-2
Box score

Poor pitching from the Giants Black squad, but they finished it up with three appearances from recent draftees, with pretty nice success.

RHP Landen Roupp (23, 2021 12th round) allowed 2 hits, 0 walks, and 0 runs in 2 innings, with 4 strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 3.00 and giving him 12 strikeouts to 1 walk in 6 innings.

RHP Ian Villers (21, 2021 8th round) gave up a run in an inning of work, raising his ERA to 2.08, but keeping his nice strikeout to walk ratio in tact, with 12 Ks to 0 free passes in 8.2 innings.

And RHP Hunter Dula (22, 2021 18th round) finished it off with 2 strikeouts in a perfect inning, lowering his ERA to 0.96 and giving him 17 strikeouts to 4 walks in 9.1 innings.

Catcher Ronaldo Flores (19, 2018 J2) hit 2-4 to raise his OPS to .626, making him the only player to reach base more than once.

DSL Orange (19-21)

DSL Giants Orange lost a doubleheader to the Mariners, 7-5 and 7-5
Game 1 box score
Game 2 box score

Game 1 was the conclusion of a postponed game from Aug. 20, so technically the loss made the Giants Orange team 11-12, though Game 2’s loss pushed them back to 19-21. Baseball!

In the first game, second baseman Samuel Rodriguez (17, 2020 J2) and right fielder Jediael Maduro (17, 2020 J2) both had 2-hit games with a double. The team had 4 doubles on the day, and struck out just 4 times, which helped make up for a dismal day (days?) on the mound.

Game 2 wasn’t much better, as the pitchers once again got knocked around. LHP Pavel Duarte was the only pitcher to perform well, pitching a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Duarte has a 6.75 ERA, with 12 strikeouts to 5 walks in 13.1 innings.

The team only had 5 hits on the day, but 2 of them were doubles by right fielder Samuel Reyes (18, 2019 J2), who also had 2 RBI and raised his OPS to .805. A very nice season for him.

DSL Black (18-21)

DSL Giants Black beat the Brewers1 8-2 (7 innings)
Box score

It was all about the top of the lineup for the Giants Black squad, with 6 of their 8 hits and 6 of their 7 RBI coming from the first two hitters.

Leading off was the star, center fielder Mauricio Pierre (17, 2020 J2), who hit 3-5 with a home run and 5 runs batted in, bumping his OPS to a stellar .869. He’s been one of the stars of the year on the farm.

But right behind him was second baseman Gustavo Cardozo (17, 2020 J2), who hit 3-5 with a double and an RBI, raising his OPS to .777. A nice season for him as well.

The rest of the hitters struggled to find hits, but combined to draw 9 walks, including 3 from left fielder Diego Villegas (17, 2020 J2), who also stole 2 bases.

A really nice start by LHP Ricardo Estrada (19, 2020 J2), who allowed 0 hits, 1 walk, and 0 runs in 3 innings, with 4 strikeouts. He has a 2.93 ERA, with 31 strikeouts to 19 walks in 30.2 innings.

Home runs

AAA Arismendy Alcántara (17)
AA David Villar (20)
AA Sandro Fabian (14)
DSL Mauricio Pierre (5)

Wednesday schedule

Sacramento: Off day
Richmond: @ Erie SeaWolves, 3:05 p.m. PT
Eugene: @ Tri-City Dust Devils, 7:05 p.m. PT
San Jose: @ Fresno Nuts, 6:50 p.m. PT
ACL Orange: Off day
ACL Black: Off day
DSL Orange: Off day
DSL Black: Off day