Prospect Watch 6/24/2008

Fresno lost to Colorado Springs 11-7.

2B Matt Downs: 3 for 5, 2B, HR, SO
It’s still early, but Matt has shown no signs of slowing down. Suddenly, the Giants’ system has four legitimate homegrown second base options for next year: Kevin Frandsen, Eugenio Velez, Matt Downs, and Travis Denker. Exciting times.

1B Travis Ishikawa: 2 for 5, 2B, HR, SO
Travis is hitting with authority, but with Bowker’s success at the MLB level, Travis may find it hard to crack the Giants’ roster.

Connecticut lost to Portland 6-5.

3B Ryan Rohlinger: 2 for 4, HR
Ryan’s big problem has always been hitting for average. Already 24, this season may be Ryan’s last to prove himself a bona fide prospect.

RP Ronnie Ray: 3 IP, 2 SO
A starter converted to reliever this year, Ronnie has dominated in his last ten appearances, going 14.2 innings with 13 H, 3 BB, and 10 SO. He has always been too hittable, allowing more hits than innings pitched in his last three minor league seasons.

The California League All-Stars lost to the Caroline League All-Stars 3-1

C Pablo Sandoval: 0 for 3, 2 SO
SP Ben Snyder: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 SO, 1 WP
SP Kevin Pucetas: 1 IP, 1 H
SP Jesse English: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 2 ER

Augusta defeated Greenville 8-2.

2B Nick Noonan: 3 for 5
Nick is hitting 17 for 42 in his last ten games, good for a .405 BA.

DH Angel Villalona: 2 for 4, 2B, HR, SO
Angel has struck out 19 times in his last 38 AB’s. For you math-averse types, thats a strikeout every other at bat. Ouch.

RP Ryan Paul: 2 IP, 2 BB, 5 SO
Ryan was demoted from the California league earlier in the season. In a combined 25.2 innings, he has walked 22 and struck out 26.

Salem-Keizer loses to Tri-City 6-5.

RP Edwin Quirarte: 1 IP, 1 SO
Edwin takes the loss here, as a batter reaches on an error and scores as the eventual winning run. This is his second straight outing without allowing a hit or a walk.

AZL Giants lose to the AZL Cubs 4-3.

1B Craig Ziegler: 2 for 4, HR
From Chris’s excellent blog Bay City Ball:

Ziegler was drafted in ‘07 by the Cardinals in the 37th round but he didn’t sign and went back to college for his final year. As a senior at the University of Arizona, Ziegler had a fine year. He hit: (.338/.425/.667) with 20 HR’s, 17 2B’s, and 1 3B in 240 AB’s. Ziegler looks like your typical slugging college first baseman, maybe this year’s Andy D’Alessio? Because he went late in the draft I assume there were doubts that he’ll be able to hit MLB pitching, but you never know and for a pick this late in the draft, it’s not a bad pick at all.

I agree wholeheartedly with Chris’s assessment. Andy D’Alessio is a good comp.

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