MiLB Opening Day Wrap

Welcome to Minor League baseball, everybody! Opening Day is in the books, and we’ll dig into some of the noteworthy performances. If you’ve been stopping by here at Cove Chatter for the past few months, you’ll know that I try my best to keep the MLB vs MiLB coverage balanced. I know a lot of readers out there are strictly concerned with the big league club, so I will always make sure to include thoughts about the 25 men playing the games that truly count. But I, like a handful of others out there, am a HUGE minor league follower. I may watch the MLB Giants every night, but the first site I visit in the morning is MiLB.com.

So, if you’re a new visitor to this site, be prepared to learn a ton about Giants prospects (both well-known and unknown) and the farm system in general. You’ll still get a steady dose of MLB coverage, but my goal from the start has been for Cove Chatter to become one of the most respected sites for Giants Minor League on the web.

Onto the games! All four of the Gigantes full-season affiliates kicked off their respective seasons last night, with San Jose winning convincingly and the other 3 getting knocked around pretty good.

Scores

(AAA) Fresno 2, Las Vegas 9

(AA) Richmond 2, New Britain 10: Jon Laaser Video Wrap:

(A+) San Jose 7, Rancho Cucamonga 1:

(Low A) Augusta 1, Charleston 5: David Lee Game Wrap:

Starting Pitching Report

*(#) = Cove Chatter top 50

*(HM) = CC 100 Honorable Mention

Mike Kickham (FRS): 5 IP, 8 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 6 K – Nice start for Kickham, whose defense missed some plays behind him. The key stat here, no walks.

(8) Ty Blach (RCH): 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 K – Blach’s AA debut was good, but certainly not great.

(9) Chris Stratton (SJ): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K – Very good 1st outing for Stratton, who induced tons of groundballs and worked his FB up to 93. Conner P video here.

(23) Chase Johnson (AUG): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – According to David Lee, Chase was working in the 88-92 range with his FB. Also showed a good curve and changeup.

Ty  Blach

(Ty Blach: Sfgiantsphotos.mlblogs.com)

Most of the starters will be on hard pitch counts this time of year, likely somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 pitches. Stratton’s performance definitely stands out from last night, but it’s good to see all four guys get their 5 innings of work in. None of them had a bad start, by my estimation. What could be the Year of the Pitcher in the Giants system is off to a nice start.

Stock Watch

Up: (HM) Brandon Bednar, AUG: 2-3 – Bednar was called the most impressive player on the field by Charleston’s radio man. He played 3B for Augusta last night.

Up: (33) Jesus Galindo, SJ: 3-5, 2 R, 2B, SB – Nice start for the speedy San Jose CF and leadoff hitter.

Up: (HM) Mitch Delfino, SJ: 3-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI – Delfino has a lot of power and could have a big season in the Cal League.

Up: (37) Chuckie Jones, SJ: 1-3, 1 R, HR, 1 BB – Look at Chuckie Jones showing some pop right out of the gate! Conner P of Giant Potential has video of Jones’ night. Watch that ball leave the yard in a hurry!

Up: Mario Lisson, RCH: 1-3, 1 R, HR, RBI, BB – Lisson continues the offensive surge he showed in the VWL. He’s no spring chicken, but could turn some heads this year.

Up: (20) Adam Duvall, FRS: 1-4, 1 R, HR – Duvall crushed one in the 7th inning. If he’s healthy, he’s a 20 HR candidate in Fresno.

Down: George Kontos, FRS: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – Kontos has a lot of bullpen competition in Fresno this year. Gotta do better than that!

Down: (HM) Jeff Arnold, RCH: 0-3, 3 K – Arnold, Richmond’s C, had a rough Opening Day. It got even rougher today, when he was placed on the DL. Arnold knows that heralded pitching staff well, so hopefully he isn’t down for long.

Down: (32) Tyler Horan, AUG: 0-4, 3 K – The 2013 draft pick hit 6th in the order last night, but struggled to adjust in his full-season debut.

(Adam Duvall: Sfgiantsphotos.mlblogs.com)

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5 thoughts on “MiLB Opening Day Wrap”

  1. I posted this somewhere else, but what people need to remember is that Chuckie Jones is still only 21 YO and still young for his league, facing guys who are much older and experienced than he is (league avg age for pitchers is 23.4 in CAL). He is also catching up on physically, as his body matures. That should yield better performances for him as he catches up.

    And in any case, only 21 YO, and if he takes one year per level going forward, he would still reach the majors by age 24, which is great for a non-heralded prospect, and even if he takes another couple of years, he’ll still be only 26 YO at that time. Still a lot of time for him to develop and hopefully become someone useful to the Giants. Or maybe figure it all out and break out.

    1. Oh, and I love your format, first covering top prospects in order from top to bottom, then talking about stock up and down. And thanks for the info on velocity, that’s always interesting to see. I also like your wrap-up comment about the pitching, not that it’s necessary all the time, but good to see when you see it being necessary.

      Great job!

      1. Thanks OGC! I highly doubt I’ll be able to provide the same kind of tireless coverage that DrB does, but I definitely will try to keep tabs on the noteworthy guys in the system. And this season, there will almost always be a noteworthy starting pitcher to report on… And likely 2 or more on a good majority of the nights.

        Tomorrow, the starting 4 look like this: Escobar, Mejia, Gregorio and Mella. 4 international arms, with major upside… and those are each team’s “#3 starters!”

    2. I’m very excited about Jones’ development! It’s not easy for a player his age even to put together the 2nd half he did in Augusta last year. If you haven’t already, check out that video of his HR last night. He crushed it!

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