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Interesting thing about Casilla. He was throwing in minor league ST games in late March (sfgiantsgirl and kdl took honest to goodness pictures!) so it kind of seems like he must have had a setback. Which is sad. Jorge Bucardo (who had been doing well in SJ coming off his surgery) also has had a little setback and is currently on a DL. I really hope Bucardo can put the injuries behind him, and I know Chris does, too, since he loves him some funky side-winding action out of the bullpen.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Minor League Mailbag: May 3
I've seen a few people compare Blach to Surkamp (though Chris is the first to try to make Blach pitch right handed!), but I can't see that comp. Despite better stuff, Blach doesn't have much history of missing bats while Surkamp has a career minor league record of well over 9 k/9. Blach is King about 5.4 per 9 in the Cal league. He's going ot be an extreme contact guy which is a tough way to make a living in the majors.
I also wouldn't agree with the Blackburn/Cain physical comp. Even before Matt got religion on training he was never ever as soft in the mid section as Clayton is. Clayton's a big baggy pants boy whose shirt ends up untucked a la David Wells in most of his starts and he's gonna need religion on working out as well I think as he moves up.
We got 99 problems but a Pablo ain't one!
3 weeks, 1 day ago on GIFs: The Pablo Sandoval Experience
@TSF Hey, your wish is granted!
I love me some Pablo!
Two words: Awe. Some.
1 month, 1 week ago on Zito’s magic wand
Also, bring up Mac!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 2013 Richmond Flying Squirrels roster preview
Boy when people complain about the org rankings the Giants have been getting in the prospect press, all they have to do is look at this pitching staff. It's just shocking that this org has gotten the point of having an all filler pitching staff at the AA level. I suspect that will change later in the season but for openers this is spectacularly bad. Really there's been far too much filler on the AA squad for a few years now. Thank god the major league staff has been so healthy. The IF here is interesting, though even there Susac is really the only one I see with a chance of being an above avg major league starter, though I do give Duvall a bit if a pass last year for the spring training health issues that likely contributed to the terrible start (and he had a ringing double off the wall last night so good start Adam!), the D is probably going to cap his usefulness though.
OF is just shy of being as awful as pitching staff, though I guess we can dream that home cooking can cure some of Parker's ills.
Nice writeup, Chris! Bikram yoga, hawt! This is going to be a great team to watch this year, although I think all of the affiliates have interesting units, the SJ rotation is clearly the class of the system. My biggest question for you regards the long-term health of the SJ affiliate itself. Do you have any sense what kinds of contingency plans the organization is designing when or if the A's move to San Jose finally takes place. There's no way the city can sustain both a major and minor league team so they're going to have to have an exit plan and landing place, no?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on San Jose Giants season preview event brings the best of the organization back to San Jose
@chelmrtz @ariess @Chris Quick One thing I remember finding odd last summer about his appearance in the DSL was how often he got hit by pitches. 13 HBP in 193 PA this summer. Almost high enough to wonder about.
3 months, 1 week ago on Bay City Ball’s 2013 Top Prospect List, #5-1
@chelmrtz @FoothillsRyan @Chris Yep.Having everybody in SJ should get the community lots of looks. Augusta usually only makes one trip a year to my neck of the woods. I do usually get to several Richmond games though. I like when i get to see kids in AA that i caught in the Sally as well. cant wait to seeCrick again this year or next. Marlowe and Bandilla and Hall and Payne too.
@FoothillsRyan @Chris Quick On the other hand, I don't believe Sickels has ever seen Blackburn pitch, certainly not as a pro. Bullpen Banter's Chris Blessing, who has wrote this about Blackburn's velocity:
"While it’s been reported that Blackburn throws in the low 90s by a couple of well known armchair prospect writers, the truth is that he touches the low 90s, but spends ninety percent of the time in the upper 80s. I only saw six innings of one start. Still, a few of my most trusted scouting sources confirmed my velocity readings. While this pitch isn’t what some have made it out to be, it’s a groundball inducing drug for hitters."
Its a system lacking in depth, tremendously so on the position player side, but they do have enough interesting pitching that 1) you can see the system jumping up considerably next year if guys develop well, and 2) they should have enough assets to make needed trades this summer, even big trades.
I think the guy who is most missing from the list is probably Edwin Escobar, who I can't quite separate in my mind from Mejia enough to create this large a gap. The rotation in SJ has a good chance at being the best in all the minor leagues this year, so they should get a lot of scouting attention. I won't be terribly surprised to see some one or two of those guys get a promotion up to Richmond later on if they pitch well enough, particularly Blackburn who seems like a fast mover.
I guess I also wouldn't separate Brown and Peguero this much. Again there are some real similarities in their profiles. Brown has more range and the more classic CF profile, but otherwise they have a lot of similarities (and Peguero's a plus defender with a plus plus arm as well).
I'm quite bullish on Williamson, who I watched quite a bit in SK last year (via MiLB tv, a nice bargain) and was impressed by his swing and his overall athleticism.
I also really really like, as a deep sleeper, Travious Relaford, who I'm hoping will get the everday SS assignment in Augusta this year, or if not that an everyday assignment somewhere in Augusta's infield.
@Chris Quick @TSF Not the greatest video work in the world, but here's a couple quick snippets I shot of Crick. He's big, athletic, looking, strapping pretty classic power pitcher. Good leg drive and extremely fast arm action. Right now he has trouble repeating his landing spot and getting a direct line to the plate on his delivery (something of a specialty for Tidrow which makes me feel pretty good that he'll get it fixed). When I saw him he threw 6 innings and his lowest velocity on his fastball was 94. He got a lot of Ks on a very sharp curve that the A ball guys had no shot at. The changeup was a show me pitch that he didn't trust yet and quite visibly slowed his arm down in delivering. He also showed the makings of a decent slider. Great package all in all.