A fun day on the farm for the San Francisco Giants Minor League Baseball affiliates. Let’s jump in.
All listed positions are the positions played in that game.
AAA Sacramento (60-75)
Sacramento River Cats beat the Las Vegas Aviators (A’s) 7-6
Home run central for the River Cats, as they put 3 balls over the fence en route to a series finale win. The big one was a 3-run shot by designated hitter Willie Calhoun, which topped off a 5-run, go-ahead 7th inning.
Calhoun also singled on the day, bringing his OPS in Sacramento up to .851 and his wRC+ to 115. That’s significantly better than it was with the Texas Rangers AAA affiliate before the trade.
Third baseman José Rojas also homered and drew a walk in his 6th game since the Giants claimed him off of waivers.
Round trip Rojas!— Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) September 11, 2022
Cats only down by 1! pic.twitter.com/TFFOQhhfGC
After hitting 0-8 with 2 strikeouts in the 1st pair of games with Sacramento, he’s 7-15 with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 4 games since.
Also homering was left fielder Jason Vosler, raising his OPS to .770 and his wRC+ to 88.
It will be interesting to see if Vosler can survive the 40-man movement this offseason. On the plus side, he’s been excellent in a small sample size in the Majors this year, and one of the team’s rare left-handed hitting infield options. On the other hand, he’s 29, has all of 156 MLB plate appearances in his career, and is having a bad season in the Minors.
It was a rare off day for RHP Wei-Chieh Huang. Huang had given up just 2 runs in 7 starts and 28.2 innings since returning from the Injured List, but slipped up in this one, allowing 3 runs in 2.1 innings. LHP Joey Marciano had another tough outing as his season continues to go downhill following a great start, as he allowed 2 hits and a 1 walk in an inning, resulting in 2 runs (the good news: the runs were unearned. The bad news: because of an error that he made).
But a great showing for Thomas Szapucki, who struck out all 3 batters he faced. He was awful in his short stint in San Francisco, but has 15 strikeouts to 3 walks in 8.1 Sacramento innings.
AA Richmond (63-68)
Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Bowie Baysox (Orioles) 9-6
Good days for a pair of infielders who have their sights set on a 2022 MLB debut. Second baseman Will Wilson (No. 18 CPL), who is finding his groove after spending 2 months on the IL, hit 2-5 with a go-ahead home run in the 9th inning.
GONE— Richmond Flying Squirrels (@GoSquirrels) September 11, 2022
Will Wilson goes oppo for a solo homer and we are back in front, 7-6, in the 9th pic.twitter.com/HrUpdwAHIt
Wilson, who had recently been promoted to AAA prior to the injury but now slots back in at AA, has a .780 OPS and a 114 wRC+ ... he also has a nice 14.1% walk rate in Richmond.
And third baseman Casey Schmitt (No. 24 CPL) continues to look right at home since a recent promotion, as he had a 3-hit day, which raised his OPS to .951 and his wRC+ to 159. He couldn’t be doing much better 24 games into his AA career.
Casey Schmitt caps a four-run third inning with an RBI single— Richmond Flying Squirrels (@GoSquirrels) September 11, 2022
We’re leading 4-0 in the 3rd in Bowie pic.twitter.com/13OkqlkR8P
Also a 3-hit day for right fielder Jacob Heyward, who drew a walk as well.
There’s a pretty decent chance that Heyward’s time in the organization is coming to an end, but he’s finishing things up on a very high note, as he had a .814 OPS in August and has a 1.059 OPS so far in September.
RHP Keaton Winn made his 5th start since getting promoted and it was an excellent outing. He gave up just 3 baserunners in 4.1 scoreless innings, while striking out 5 batters. It lowered his ERA to 3.91 and his FIP to 4.25.
RHP Nick Avila struck out 2 in a perfect inning, giving him 25 strikeouts to 5 walks in 24 AA innings.
High-A Eugene (81-48)
Eugene Emeralds beat the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays) 9-3
The Emeralds capped off a season-ending 6-game series against Vancouver with a win, giving them a 5-1 series victory. And now they turn around to start the league Championship Series ... also against Vancouver.
This was a pretty funny offensive game for the Emeralds, who had just 6 hits ... but drew a staggering 14 walks! Third baseman Damon Dues led the way with the free pass hat trick, while also hitting a single and stealing a base ... 6 games into his High-A career, he’s hitting 5-11 with 6 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 3 stolen bases.
Center fielder Grant McCray (No. 34 CPL), shortstop Hayden Cantrelle, and first baseman Max Wright all had 1-hit, 2-walk games, with Cantrelle and Wright doubling, and Cantrelle and McCray stealing a base. Cantrelle (.903 OPS, 155 wRC+) and McCray (.810 OPS, 132 wRC+) are doing awesomely in their stints with Eugene so far.
No notable pitching performances, as RHPs Jake Wong, Abel Adames, and Brett Standlee were all fine, but not great.
Low-A San Jose (74-58)
San Jose Giants lost to the Fresno Grizzlies (Rockies) 12-10
The Baby Giants also finished the regular season against a team that they’ll face in the Championship Series. Although unlike Eugene, San Jose lost this series 4-2.
San Jose dug an early hole in this game, as RHP Mikell Manzano gave up 7 innings while failing to get out of the 1st inning. It was just his 2nd appearance in San Jose, following a brilliant season in the ACL (and an excellent first appearance in Low-A), so certainly not indicative of how talented the 19 year old is.
But it did dig a hole, and the next 3 pitchers struggled quite a bit as well. One of those pitchers was RHP Trevor Hildenberger, who has been injured all year — this was just his 2nd appearance after a rehab game in the ACL.
Then the bullpen settled in, and there were nice performances from RHPs Jose Cruz and Willian Suarez, the former of which struck out 2 in 1.1 perfect innings, and the latter of which struck out 2 in 1 perfect inning.
On offense, the big hit came from shortstop Aeverson Arteaga (No. 12 CPL). Arteaga only hit 1-5, but he had a 3-run home run, and ends the regular season with a .776 OPS and a 101 wRC+.
END 2— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) September 12, 2022
Giants 5 | Grizzlies 9
Aeverson Arteaga crushes a 3-run ! pic.twitter.com/h2sniRujta
Having an above-average, even if only nominally, offensive season as a defensively-elite 19-year old shortstop constitutes a phenomenal season for Arteaga in my book.
Speaking of phenomenal seasons, left fielder/center fielder Wade Meckler hit 3-4 with a walk. July’s 8th-round pick finished his short A-ball season hitting 18-41 with 1 home run, 7 doubles, 9 walks, and 8 strikeouts. Outstanding.
END 3— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) September 12, 2022
Giants 8 | Grizzlies 11
Wade Meckler cuts Fresno’s lead with a 2-run single! pic.twitter.com/IUOUUhvwSi
AAA José Rojas (20)
AAA Jason Vosler (18)
AAA Willie Calhoun (10)
AA Will Wilson (9)
Low-A Aeverson Arteaga (14)
Eugene: vs. the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 7:35 p.m. PT — Championship Game 1
San Jose: Off
ACL Orange: Season over
ACL Black: Season over
DSL Orange: Season over
DSL Black: Season over