July 26, 2013
Just wanted to give a quick update on a few prospects from our mid-season top 40. I’ll try to do these updates from time to time, just to check in on some of the notable performances from the farm. I thought it might be beneficial to list a couple of guys who did well, as well as one or two who had a rough night. These will be brief, but if you’d like a full daily recap of the Giants’ minor league affiliates, check out whenthegiantscometotown.blogspot.com, where DrB is full of great insights.
Clayton Blackburn, RHP | San Jose (#3 on our list): 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
Blackburn has been on a tear in Hi-A lately, and continued his hot streak with one of the best starts of his young career. He took a perfect game into the 7th, retiring the first 20 Lancaster hitters before allowing a double. He induced 10 groundouts on the night, pitching 8 innings strong. That’s four straight starts of 6 IP, 2 ER or less for Blackburn, who seems to be turning the corner in San Jose.
Gustavo Cabrera, OF, | DSL Giants (#9): 2-5, 2B.
Cabrera is the Giants’ 2012 prize international signee. At 17 years old, he’s in his first season of professional ball, playing in the Dominican Summer League. Understandably, his hitting numbers have been pretty poor this summer, but he seems to be catching fire all of a sudden. He’s got 6 hits and 2 2B over his last three games, and sports a very nice .356 OBP for the season. He’s got all kinds of tools, so it’ll be interesting to see if his recent hitting streak continues.
Mike Kickham, LHP | Fresno (#12): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.
Kickham’s season is spiraling downward in a hurry these days. He didn’t make it out of the first inning last night, racking up 42 pitches and allowing a HR before getting the hook. His ERA in Fresno is now 5.29 for the season, and he’s allowed 5 ER or more in three of his last six starts. This has to be frustrating for the lefty, who would probably still be in the majors if not for his control issues.