Minor League Report: Weekend Edition

Two Up

Mac Williamson, OF | San Jose (Giants’ #5 prospect): 5-11, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI. Mac continues to stay red hot with the bat this summer. On Saturday night, he clubbed his 18th and 19th home runs, and owns a .378 average over his last 10 games. If he can keep this up for the rest of the summer, the Giants have a very serious power prospect on their hands.

Edwin Escobar, LHP | Richmond (#17): 1 GS, 7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, W. Escobar was the first member of the juggernaut San Jose rotation to earn a promotion to Richmond, where he hasn’t shown any signs of letting up. Sunday, he put on a show against Akron, striking out 9 hitters over 7.1 shutout innings. He’s now made four starts at AA, with a 3.00 ERA. Escobar is starting to push the envelope with the Giants.

One Down

Joan Gregorio, RHP | Augusta (#25): One start after throwing 7 no-hit innings, Gregorio got shelled Friday night. In probably his worst start of the season, he allowed 8 ER and 11 H in 2 innings of work. Starts like these are why Gregorio kind of fell off the radar a bit after last season. He’s been a great story this season, reportedly throwing mid-90’s in his last start. It’ll be interesting to see how he responds to this outing next time out.

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Top MiLB Pitchers Dominate

A little update from the arms on the farm…

Joan Gregorio, the towering 21 year-old righty from the Dominican Republic (and the number 23 prospect on my mid-season list), put on a show last night in Augusta. Gregorio is having a very good year for the Giants’ Low-A affiliate, but last night he unleashed his full arsenal in what has to be the best game of his professional career.

Here’s Joan’s line last night against the Lakewood BlueClaws: 7 IP 0 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K. Seven no-hit innings – wow!  Gregorio’s been very steady all season, but he’s been exceptional in his last two starts: 13 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 19 K. If he keeps pitching like this, you’d have to wonder if he’ll get the call to San Jose before the season is over.

David Lee of the Augusta Chronicle was pretty impressed by the performance, and I’d recommend reading his article here. He notes, among other things, Gregorio pumping mid-90’s fastballs while dominating against a mostly-lefty lineup.

In case you missed it, here’s my review of Joan Gregorio from a couple weeks ago.

In other news, Edwin Escobar earned his first win at AA Richmond last night, with a line of 6.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K.  Pretty impressive numbers for the talented lefty, who’s also only 21.

Not to be outdone, check out what fellow lefty Adalberto Mejia did in San Jose last night: 5.2, 2 H 0 ER, 2 BB 9 K… Man, are these guys rolling or what? Pretty solid night for some of the Giants’ top minor league arms.

Mid-Season Top 40 Prospects (23-25)

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#23. Ryder Jones – 3B, 19 yo, R: Jones, the Giants 2nd round pick in this year’s draft, broke a commitment to Stanford (which is very rare) to sign a big-league contract. He’s listed at 6’2”, 200 lbs on MiLB.com, and was a highly regarded shortstop and pitcher at Watauga High School in NC. He’s a left-handed hitter and a coach’s son (his dad is the head baseball coach at Appalachian State). Little things like that are big for me, and I imagine Jones being the type of player who’s a leader on the field. He’s an unknown at this point, as the experts considered him a great reach in the 2nd round, but his 11 HR during his senior year are pretty impressive. It’ll be interesting to watch Jones and Christian Arroyo grow together.

#24. Ty Blach – LHP, 22 yo, Hi-A: The San Jose Giants were supposed to have a rotation for the ages this year, with names like Crick, Blackburn, Mejia, and Escobar. But Blach, the one guy who nobody talked about before the season, has been arguably the Hi-A Giants most impressive starter in the first half. The lefty was taken in the 5th round out of Creighton last season, where he was a workhorse in his senior season. He made 21 starts with a 2.69 ERA and 83k/28bb. He’s opened plenty of eyes in his first season of professional ball, posting a 2.67 ERA and a ridiculous 70k/8bb in 77 innings. He throws a low-90’s fastball, a sharp breaking ball, and I think it’s safe to say he’s got above average command.

#25. Joan Gregorio – RHP, 21 yo, Lo-A: Gregorio is a 6’7” international signee and really has a chance to put himself back on the radar if he continues pitching like he has so far this year in Augusta. After a rough go in Salem-Keizer in ‘12, he’s cruising (when healthy) in Low A with 42k/6bb in 36 innings (7 starts). We’ll see if he can sustain these numbers through the second half.