Cy Young baby!
Actually I’m still getting back into the swing of things. The last two weeks without internet have been surprisingly undull– I got a lot of reading done– and with the Giants decidedly out of the playoffs, I haven’t felt the need to follow the games online. But now that I’ve got ole lappy back from the shop, its back to feeding my baseball obsession.
One thing I am thinking about now that the minor league season is over. Would you consider the past year a successful one for the minor league system? The explosion of Bumgarner and Sandoval onto the scene have to be the highlights of the year. Burriss, Alderson and Ishikawa were also pleasant surprises. But what about Villalona, Noonan and Fairley? Has Schierholtz’s stock fallen?
I will say this: even though it’s early yet. I’m willing to count the 2008 draft as a success. I’m not sure Gillaspie is better than Noonan (or even better than Frandsen) and there’s no indication yet that Crawford or Kieschnick will ever make it to the Bigs, but I like the philosophy behind the picks. For the first time in a long while, I feel that the Giants are (competently) addressing their positional needs. Couple that with their prowess in selecting and developing pitchers, and the future for the Giants looks quite bright.
Sadly, still no working laptop. Also to compound that, my office computer is communal (I am a graduate student… this is your education taxes at work) and I haven’t had the time to post or even peruse the lines. One bright note, I did recieve a call from Kevin Pucetas asking me to buy playoff tickets. Hopefully everything will be resolved tomorrow.
Sorry for the delay in posting,. My laptop’s power source went kaput, so it’s in the shop for the next couple of days. This means I’ll have to post from my office, which has no windows. Alas.
Less than a week of minor league ball is left. Of particular interest tonight is the game between the first place AZL Giants and the AZL Padres who trail them by half a game. It is The Giants last game of the season.
2B Travis Denker: 0 for 4, BB, 2 K
RF Nate Schierholtz: 4 for 5, 2B, 2 HR, CS (3)
1B John Bowker: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, 2 K
LF Brian Horwitz: 3 for 4, HR, K
SP Erick Threts: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K
1B Elizer Alfonzo: 3 for 5
C Adam Witter: 2 for 5, K
LF Mike Mooney: 3 for 5, 2B, HR
RP Paul Oseguera: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
RP Kelvin Pichardo: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K
LF Bobby Felmy 2 for 4, 2B
2B Matt Downs: 2 for 4
SP Clayton Tanner: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K
RP Mike Musgrave: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
2B Nick Noonan: 0 for 2, BB
DH Thomas Neal: 0 for 4, K
1B Angel Villalona: 0 for 4
SP Oliver Odle: 8 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 7 K, HR
RP Andy De LA Garza: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 4, BB
RF Francisco PEguero: 0 for 4, K
2B Ryan Lormand: 3 for 4
SP Mike Loree: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K
CF Wendell Fairley: 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB
C Buster Posey: 1 for 3, BB, K
SP Kelvin MArte: 5 IP, 4 H, BB, 4 K
RP Ryan Woodruff: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K
RP Chris Wilson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Tanner is your typical control lefty who works in the high 80s and reaches 91 with his fastball. His two greatest assets are his age relative to league (he is 20 years old in the California League) and his command (3.00 BB/9). He was compared to Lowry on draft day because of his commitment to Pepperdine, but he lacks Lowry’s plus plus change. I expect his lack of a plus pitch will hurt him down the road, perhaps as early as next year in AA. I don’t have much confidence in him to become anything more than a back of the rotation starter. He’s still young though, so he might add a few ticks to that velocity.
I know what you’re thinking. Lines from two days ago? I can barely remember yesterday! If it’s any consolation, I can barely remember yesterday either.
As a memory jogger, this is the day where Madison Bumgarner dominated the competition, but Angel Villalona did NOT strikeout. Also Salem-Keizer was blown out by Eugene 21-4.
CF Ben Copeland: 0 for 5
2B Travis Denker: 2 for 5, 2B
RF John Bowker: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, K
SP Steve Hammond: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
RP Geno Espineli: 1 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
CF Antoan Richardson: 2 for 3, 2 BB, 1 K
C Eliezer Alfonzo: 2 for 4, 2B, HR, BB, 2 K
SP Joey Martinez: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
RP Justin Hedrick: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K
3B-2B Matt Downs: 1 for 4, K
1B Andy D’Alessio: 2 for 4, HR, K
SP Jesse English: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K
RP Joe Paterson: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
2B Nick Noonan: 3 for 4
DH Thomas Neal: 2 for 5, 2 K
1B Angel Villalona: 1 for 4
SP Madison Bumgarner: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 9 K
RP Wilmin Rodriguez: 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K
3B Conor Gillaspie: 2 for 3, 2 2B
RF Francisco Peguero: 0 for 4
DH Michael Ambort: 2 for 3, 3B, HR
RP Jonathon Pannell: 2 IP, 3 H, BB, 5 K, 2 HR
RP Joseph Edens: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
CF Wendell Fairley: 1 for 4, BB, K
DH Buster Posey: 2 for 4, BB
RP Aaron King: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K
RP Jose Casilla: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
RP Andrew Bowlin: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
How good is this kid? In the month of August, he struck out 41% of all batters he faced. There are hot streaks, and then there are hot streaks. Also, he leads the Sally League in Wins (15), ERA (1.46) Strikeouts (164), and WHIP (0.93). He has no drastic lefty-righty splits or home/road splits. By all reports, he is a “humble kid” and has “excellent makeup”. Detractors bring up his lack of secondary pitches, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It just means that he has a higher ceiling, and a lower floor. In other words, if he’s dominating the competition to such a degree with only a fastball, think how dominant he will be once he has a couple of offspeed pitches to work with. Certainly, there is a chance that he will never develop an viable offspeed pitch, but there is just as high a chance that he will get injured and flame out in AA ball. There is always risk involved when you’re talking about a 19 year old pitcher. I expect him to rocket up the minors next year.
- This article from Project Prospect is almost a month old, but it ranks pitchers in the minor leagues by a metric they call a “Dominance Factor”. Not surprisingly Tim Alderson and Madison Bumgarner are high on their respective lists (I imagine Bumgarner would be first now after his hot August) and Clayton Tanner makes an appearance. Former Giants prospect Shairon Martis is also doing well.
- It’s time for the end of the season awards and two Giants pitchers nabbed themselves some hardware. Kevin Pucetas was named the California League’s Pitcher of the Year and Madison Bumgarner was named the Sally League’s Most Outstanding pitcher. Matt Downs and Tim Alderson also made the Cal League All-Star team.
- According the BallparkDigest (the article is a couple of days old so you may have to scroll down) the Defenders may be moving to Bowie next year. This would mean the Defenders would be 4 hours closer to me (but still 10 hours away), which would actually make me consider taking a weekend trip. That is if the Giants decide to re-up with the Defenders. Joe Perez, however, says its all just a rumor. Thanks to Greg for the original link to the news. Also in a personal note, a team in the Sally League is moving to Bowling Green, KY which means the Greenjackets could be only 4 hours away from. That’s a drive I might make.
- Not minor related, but Chris from Bay City Ball has a nice article analyzing the Giants’ propensity to walk batters. It’s a question that has plagued me, that’s for sure.
- This week’s BA’s prospect hot sheet chat features a discussion on The Giants’ catching situation, and an update on Bumgarner’s stuff (still great fastball, still questionable breaking stuff). One comment by Ben Badler that made me raise my eyebrows was that he considered Bumgarner the fifth best prospect in the system. I don’t know about that. I have him in the running for #1 with Posey.
- Also Matt Palmer is down and Osiris Matos is up. They might call Pat Misch up for the next spot start.
- That’s all for now. Till next week sportsfans.