August 15, 2013
A full slate of games from the Giants’ minor league affiliates. Fresno, Richmond, Augusta and Salem-Keizer all earned victories, while San Jose and the rookie league teams fell. Augusta is one of the hottest teams in baseball, now 19 games over .500 on the season. Speaking of hot teams, look at these records: San Jose 69-54, Augusta 70-51, Salem-Keizer 37-22, DSL Giants 38-21, AZL Giants 34-11. I think it’s safe to say the Giants have some of the better lower level minor league talent in MLB these days, yet they continue to earn rankings near the bottom of the barrel!
Eric Surkamp, LHP, Fresno: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.
Surkamp keeps his hot streak in AAA going as he continues his path back to San Francisco. He’s thrown at least 7 innings in each of his last four starts for Fresno, allowing only 4 ER during that span. He’s now made 13 minor league starts this summer, posting a 2.81 ERA overall.
Gustavo Cabrera, CF, DSL: 1-5, HR, 3 RBI, 4 K.
Gustavo hits his first professional home run, a 3-run shot in the 7th. He also had the rare Mark Reynolds performance, striking out four times to go along with his big fly. It seems Cabrera has been hitting in the middle of the lineup more lately, after spending the beginning of the summer near the top. Maybe the Giants want him to swing for more power? Who knows, but the first pro homer is hopefully the first of many great achievements in the heralded center fielder’s career.
Angel Villalona, 1B, Richmond: 0-4, 2 K, 1 R.
Villalona is 1-11 with 5 K’s and no walks in his three games since returning from the DL. Since his promotion to AA, the former (and again current?) top prospect has shown his power, belting 6 home runs in six games, but he’s also shown some very poor plate discipline. He’s struck out 40 times with only 5 walks, and has seen his average dip to .237. Speaking of Mark Reynolds, Villalona seems to be of the same mold – light-tower power with no plate discipline whatsoever. If you told the Giants they’d get Reynolds’ numbers from Villalona in San Francisco, I’m pretty sure they’d be ecstatic.
It’s Crick and Escobar night in San Jose and Richmond, respectively, tonight. If you’re tired of the last-place Major League Giants, maybe the young studs on the mound will bring you joy.