Prospect Watch 8/28/08

August 29, 2008

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

San Jose

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

AZL Giants

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


LHP Clayton Tanner

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.


Prospect Watch 8/27/08

August 29, 2008

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

San Jose

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

AZL Giants

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


LHP Madison Bumgarner

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.

Prospect Watch 8/25/08

August 27, 2008

Content will be a little slow/late this week, as the school year has just begun. Anyway, here are the games from a couple of days ago. Fresno was “rained out” and the Baby Giants had the day off. Also Ben Snyder can hit some.

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Prospect Watch 8/24/08

August 25, 2008

Suddenly there are hitting prospects everywhere. Brandon Crawford makes his Salem-Keizer debut after going 6 for 14 in Arizona; Travis Denker and Ben Copeland continue their hot hitting; Wendell Fairley collects a rare extra-base hit.

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Prospect Watch 8/23/08

August 24, 2008

An early post for once, as all of the minor league games finished before I went to bed (though this may be more a factor of me staying up late than the teams finishing early). The night included some dominating pitching performances in the lower minors and more plate appearances by Posey and Gillaspie in short season ball. Wendell Fairley collected an 0-fer and snapped his nine game hitting streak. The lines:

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Prospect Watch 8/22/08

August 23, 2008

I had a confusing moment of deja vu when I looked at Fresno’s box score which was eerily similar to the score from the night before. Damn you John Bowker and your 1 for 5’s. And a round of bravos for Erick “Sudden SP Depth” Threets. Other nicknames include: “At least I’m not Pat Misch” and “Yes, I’ve maybe become a part of the future.” Well done Erick/Giants management.

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Prospect Watch 8/21/08

August 23, 2008

Sorry for the lateness of this post. There was a medical emergency this morning involving a good friend of mine and his renegade gall bladder. The good news is he’s fine. So now that I’m back home, life turns back to minor league ball…

And boy, another dominating performance by Bumgarner. One interesting note was that he shut down White Sox draftee Gordon Beckham who has been absolutely on fire since he signed. As I’ve said before, my knowledge of college baseball is quite limited, but my draft board for the Giants in the last draft was 1. Alvarez, 2. T. Beckham, 3. Justin Smoak, 4. Gordon Beckham, and 5. Buster Posey. Onto the lines!

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