San Francisco Giants Minor League Roundup, 7/28/22

By on July 29, 2022 0

All minor league baseball affiliates of the San Francisco Giants were in action on Wednesday, so let’s get to it!

Link to McCovey Chronicles 2022 Community Prospect List (CPL)

All positions listed are positions played in this match.

AAA Sacramento (42-54)

The Sacramento River Cats lost to the Round Rock Express (Rangers) 7-6
The score of the box

The River Cats got fired, which is never fun. And it happened against RHP Kervin Castro (#26 CPL), who allowed 3 hits in the 9th inning, ending the game before recording one out. After making his MLB debut in 2021 and allowing zero earned runs in 13.1 innings (and making the playoff roster), Castro has taken a pretty big step back this year. He has a 4.94 ERA and 5.72 FIP, and while his control has been significantly better over the past few weeks, he’s still walked 23 in just 31 innings, with just 31 strikeouts. .

On offense, receiver Andrew Knapp, who only joined the organization a few days ago, had the big hit of the day, going 2-4 with a 3-run homer in the 8th inning.

Shortstop Arquímedes Gamboa went 2-4 with 2 doubles, although he’s still having a tough year, with just 0.711 OPS and 83 wRC+. He remains very good defensively and on the base paths, but has never been a notable hitter at any time in his professional career.

Curt Casali made his second appearance in rehab, this time as the designated hitter, and went 0-2 with 2 strikeouts. He’s been knocked out in his 5 home plate appearances since starting his rehab mission, although I wouldn’t read about that other than that rehab missions are important.

AA Richmond (47-46)

Richmond Flying Squirrels lost a double game against the Somerset Patriots (Yankees) 7-1 and 6-3
Game Box Score 1
Game Box Score 2

Well, not a very good double header, although second baseman Shane Matheny apparently didn’t get the memo. On a day when Richmond had just 8 hits in 2 games, Matheny went 3-8 with a brace in Game 1 and a home run in Game 2, with a walk sprinkled in for good measure.

He’s been great all year and now has .834 OPS and 132 wRC+. Since he is 26 years old and repeats AA, could we maybe see him in Sacramento before the end of the year? I hope. Update: Matheny has been promoted.

First baseman Carter Aldrete, playing only his 3rd and 4th games with Richmond following promotion, had a great day, batting 2-5 with a double and a walk. Welcome to AA, Carter!

But another tough day for third baseman Brett Auerbach (No. 28 CPL), who went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts in both games. Auerbach has now struck 103 times in 312 plate appearances this year.

The starting pitcher wasn’t great, with RHP Wil Jensen giving up 6 hits, 5 walks and 6 runs in just 3.2 innings in Game 1. RHP Matt Frisbee was better in Game 2, but still had a lot of difficulties, allowing 8 hits, 2 walks and 5 runs in 5 innings, but with 6 strikeouts.

RHP Nick Avila made his 2nd appearance since a recent promotion, and despite allowing both a hit and a walk in just one inning of work, he didn’t allow a run and struck out 2 batters on strikes.

High-A Eugene (54-36)

Eugene Emeralds lost to the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks) 8-4
The score of the box

Not much happened in this game, although there was a home run from a rare source: designated hitter Max Wright.

Wright has played sparingly this year – it was only his 9th High-A game, to go along with 29 Low-A games and only one AAA appearance. But he did decently every step of the way, and posted a .729 OPS and 113 wRC+ in San Jose, and now a .738 OPS and 105 wRC+ in Eugene. Not mind-blowing numbers, but not bad for an unheralded receiver.

Second baseman Riley Mahan, playing in just his 7th game for the Emeralds after promotion, hit 2-4 with a brace to give him an OPS of 1.002 and a wRC+ of 165. That’s the good news . The bad news is that he is 26 years old.

A good day also for third baseman Casey Schmitt (No. 24 CPL), who went 1-2 with a double and 2 walks. With .852 OPS and 141 wRC+, it will be fascinating to see how high he climbs on the prospect lists after the season.

But the bad days for the 2 players who have been offensive stars for Eugene lately, as right fielder Vaun Brown went 1-5 with 4 strikeouts, and third baseman Luis Toribio (#39 CPL) batted 0-3 with a walk and 3 strikeouts. .

The pitching was meh, with layered RHPs Jake Wong and Brett Standlee both having poor outings. RHP Ofelky Peralta made his Eugene debut and allowed one unearned hit, walk and run in 2.2 innings, with 3 strikeouts. He’s been good since the Giants signed him in June.

Low-A San Jose (54-39)

The San Jose Giants lost to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers) 3-2
The score of the box

A great day on the mound for RHP Trevor McDonald. In 5 innings, he gave up only 5 baserunners (2 hits, 2 walks and 1 hit) and 1 unearned run, while striking out 7. His season numbers are excellent – 2.62 ERA, 3, 07 FIP and 78 strikeouts for 23 walks. in 65.1 innings – but they’re even better when you focus solely on his recent results. After a few bumps in the road to start the year, McDonald’s got the hang of it, and since the start of June he’s posted the following line: 10 games, 37.1 innings, 32 hits, 17 walks, 7 earned runs and 35 strikeouts. Walks are obviously a big deal right now, though.

RHP Jose Cruz struck out 2 in a perfect inning and now has 59 strikeouts for 15 walks in 32.2 innings this season.

Beautiful offensive plays from 4 different hitters. Second baseman Hayden Cantrelle hit 2-4 with a triple (.816 OPS, 118 wRC+); designated hitter Alexander Suarez (#37 CPL) hit 2-4 with a double (.709 OPS, 81 wRC+); left fielder Carter Williams hit 2-3 with a brace and a walk (1.177 OPS, 196 wRC+); and center fielder Grant McCray (#34 CPL) hit 2-4 with a walk and a stolen base (.902 OPS, 131 wRC+).

Orange LCD (9-27)

ACL Giants Orange lost to ACL D-backs Red 2-1 (7 innings)
The score of the box

Not much going on here, although there was a season start from designated hitter Damon Dues (24, 2021 UDFA), who hit 1-2. In total, the Orange Giants team had only 7 hits and 0 walks, with no one reaching base twice. Second baseman Irvin Murr III (19, 19th round 2021) had the only extra hit with a brace, which took his slow OPS to .545 and his wRC+ to 54.

RHP Brayan Palencia (19, 2020 J2) had a great outing, allowing 3 baserunners and 0 runs in 3.1 innings, with 2 strikeouts. He has a 3.81 ERA but a 4.89 FIP, though his strikeout numbers are elite: 29-6 in 28.1 innings.

RHP Yoniel Ramirez (21, 2017 J2) retired the side in a scoreless inning, allowing just one walk. He has 20 strikeouts for 4 walks in 12.2 innings.

Black ACL (24-11)

The ACL Giants Black defeated the ACL Rockies 6-0 (7 innings)
The score of the box

Excellent pitcher in this one, starting with RHP Nomar Medina (19, 2020 J2), who allowed 4 hits and 1 walk in 5 scoreless innings, while striking out 5. This lowered his ERA to 2, 05 and his FIP at 3.20, and gave him 50 strikeouts for 10 walks in 44 innings.

And then RHP Willian Suarez (24, 2015 J2) struck out 5 batters in just 2 innings, allowing only one hit and one walk. He has a 3.60 ERA and 3.24 FIP on the season, and also has 50 strikeouts in 10 walks … albeit in just 25 innings. It is remarkable, but it bears repeating that he is 24 years old.

The best offensive performance came from left fielder Mauricio Pierre (18, 2020 J2), who went 1-3 with a brace and a walk, bouncing his OPS up to .674 and his wRC+ to 89. There had 2 hit days for center outfielder PJ Hilson (21, 2018 6th round), who has a .901 OPS and 138 wRC+, and shortstop Anthony Rodriguez (19, 2019 J2), who has a .685 OPS and an 88 wRC+.


DSL Giants Black (15-25) defeated DSL Giants Orange (16-22) 2-1 (7 innings)
The score of the box

Team Giants Black defeated Team Giants Orange despite only hitting one (one single) and walking all day. And not only that, but they were caught stealing twice. But sometimes all you need to score 2 points is for the other team to make 3 mistakes.

A sensational game from Orange Giants RHP starter Jorge Martinez (20, 2019 J2). He pitched 6 hitless innings, allowing just 1 walk and 1 hit, while striking out 6. This gave him a 3.03 ERA and 3.89 FIP, with 49 strikeouts for 16 walks in 38.2 innings.

His counterpart was nearly as good, as LHP Ricardo Estrada (20, 2020 J2) also struck out 6 in 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 run. This performance helped him out of a funk, as it dropped his ERA to 6.14 and FIP to 3.78, and gave him 32 strikeouts for 15 walks in 36.2 innings. . Not a good year for him, but a few starts like that will change the equation.

After Estrada, RHP Luis Yepez (20, 2019 J2), who allowed just one walk in a scoreless inning, with 2 strikeouts. In 19.2 innings this year, Yepez has allowed 11 hits, 7 walks and just 1 run, while striking out 20 batters.

No infraction to speak of, as neither team had a player who reached base multiple times. Orange Giants left fielder Oswaldo Ladera (19, 2019 J2) hit a brace for the only extra hit of the game, which took his OPS to .726 and his wRC+ to 103.

Home runs

AAA Andre Knapp (5)
YY Shane Matheny (10)
Low-A Max Wright (2)


As mentioned earlier, Shane Matheny has been promoted to AAA where he will look to continue his excellent season.

Friday schedule

Sacrament: @ Round Rock Express (Rangers), 5:05 p.m. PT
Richmond: vs. Somerset Patriots (Yankees), 3:35 p.m. PT
Eugene: vs. Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 6:35 p.m. PT
San Jose: vs. Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers), 6:30 p.m. PT
Orange ACL: vs. ACL D-backs Black
Black ACL: against ACL Angels
Orange ADSL: against DSL Nationals
ADSL Black: vs. DSL Cardinals