Gilroy Garlic Fries. Grab some pine, Meat. Poserrific. The Cove. The Freak. Ross is Boss. Torture. Rally Thongs. Kruk and Kuip. Fear the Beard. Bye Bye Baby. World Champions. Giant s Baseball.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

San Francisco Giants Midterm Reports: Part 1 of 4

Part 1: Grading the Vets

Nate Schierholtz: A-
Analysis: What can you say about Schierholtz’ performance this season?  Did you see it coming?  Three years ago, I saw this kind of performance from him.  But at this point I certainly didn’t see him becoming the type of game-changing player he has been the past c0uple months.  We’ve always known about his glove and arm, but now the bat is coming around.  If this keeps up, he may just earn his way into the right field role of the future with us.  All of a sudden his average is near .300 and he’s hit 7 home runs, and arguably no position player has made as big of an impact as he has lately. 

Prediction: It seems pretty stupid to sit Nate the Great down now, so the Giants might as well ride out this surge that he is on.  Let’s hope it keeps up.  Realistically, I see a .272, 13 hr, 60 rbi line at season’s end, with more outfield assists and game-saving catches to come.    
Just another game-saving play from Nate the Great.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Half Thoughts

Three days off.  Bochy and the boys are on their way to the desert for some fun in the (sweltering) sun.  That means it’s time to reflect on what they’ve done to this point. 

Minor Thoughts: 7-11-11

Sorry I’m falling a bit behind, but there are many things Giants’ related to discuss these days, so it’s time for me to play catch up.  I haven’t had a chance to mention any of the short-season teams in the system yet, so I thought I would start with them this time around and work my way up to the higher levels.  Remember, most of the players listed in these posts are not big name prospects.  I like to give mention to some of the lesser-known players in the system as well.  For a list of some of the top Giants farmhands, please see my top 25 prospects list.

AZL Giants | Arizona Rookie League | 12-4
Ben Thomas (1B 22 y.o.) 14 Games, .404/.469/1.206, 4 HR 15 RBI (A lefty from Xavier in his first pro season)

Kelby Tomlinson (SS 21 y.o.) 8 Games, .323/.382/.931, 2 HR 6 RBI 3 SB (Giants 12th round pick.  Went to Texas Tech)

Leonardo Fuentes (OF 18 y.o.) 14 Games, .270/.281/.694, 1 HR 9 RBI (2009 Signee out of Colombia with a 6-4, 215 lb build)

Brian Maloney (P 22 y.o.) 1-0, 1.23 ERA, 7.1 IP 6 H 1 ER 4 BB 12 K (First-year lefty out of Franklin Pierce University)

Joan Gregorio (P 19 y.o.) 4 GS 0-0, 2.40 ERA, 17.2 IP 14 H 4 ER 3 BB 13 K (6-7 righty out of the Dominican Republic.  Played last season in the Dominican Summer League)  

* These kids all have a very long way to go, but there are some promising young draft talents among the Arizona League team to keep an eye on.