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Giants Close Out Home Schedule With Pivotal Three-Game Series Against Visalia

Visalia Rawhide (69-61) at San Jose Giants (68-62)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Friday, August 22, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, August 23, 5:00 PM
• Sunday, August 24, 1:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Friday
Visalia – Brandon Sinnery (12-7, 4.35)
San Jose – Pat Young (9-5, 6.06)

Saturday
Visalia – Spencer Arroyo (6-6, 4.58)
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (7-4, 3.29)

Sunday
Visalia – Andrew Barbosa (5-2, 3.91)
San Jose – Nick Vander Tuig (3-0, 3.18)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Continue Final Homestand Against Visalia Tonight

The San Jose Giants continue their final homestand of the regular season this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Visalia Rawhide at Municipal Stadium. Pat Young (9-5, 6.06) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight.

Last Series
The Giants won two out of three games from the visiting Modesto Nuts in a series that concluded last night. San Jose hit four home runs in the series opener on Tuesday en route to a 10-6 victory. On Wednesday, Tyler Horan delivered a bases loaded RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Giants to a 3-2 win. It was San Jose’s fifth walk-off win of the season. Modesto then avoided the sweep with a 2-1 victory over the Giants last night.

Offense Sputters
The Giants were held to one hit in yesterday’s loss to the Nuts – a Ryan Lollis solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. San Jose’s one hit was a season-low. Their previous low mark was two hits in a 3-1 defeat to Stockton on June 13. The Giants have scored a total of just four runs in their last two games. In their previous five games, San Jose scored 40 runs (8.0 per game).

Playoff Race

San Jose’s 68-62 overall record is one game behind with the Visalia Rawhide (69-61) for the North Division Wild Card lead. Including tonight, there are 10 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose (34-26) is also six games behind the Stockton Ports (40-20) in the second half North Division race. Among the last 10 years, the Giants have qualified for the playoffs as the first half North Division champion eight times and as the Wild Card team twice (2004, 2012).

Versus The Rawhide
The Giants are 10-14 against Visalia this season. The clubs last met from July 24-27 at Recreation Park with the Rawhide sweeping the four-game series. It was the first time that San Jose had been swept in a series since the opening week of the season (the Giants have not been swept since). The Giants took three out of four from Visalia when the teams last played at Municipal Stadium (June 26-29). San Jose is 7-5 against the Rawhide at Muni (3-9 in Visalia).

Power Surge
The Giants have hit 15 home runs in their last seven games. After clubbing nine homers during their four-game series in Stockton that ended last Monday, San Jose connected for six more home runs during their three-game set versus Modesto to open the current homestand. Individually, Brian Ragira has hit five home runs in his last seven games while Tyler Horan has smacked four homers in his past eight games. Ragira leads the Giants with 17 home runs overall this season. Horan has hit seven homers in his first 19 games with San Jose since joining the team from Augusta (A) on August 1. With two home runs on Tuesday, Daniel Carbonell became the fifth Giant to record a multi-homer game this season. San Jose has hit 24 home runs already in August after hitting a combined 24 homers in June (9) and July (15).

Carbonell’s Immediate Impact
Outfielder Daniel Carbonell was added to the San Jose roster on August 8 from the AZL-Giants (Rookie) and has made an immediate impact in the California League hitting .296 (16-for-54) with three home runs, eight RBI’s and two stolen bases in 12 games. A 23-year old native of Cuba, Carbonell signed a major league contract with San Francisco in June and was placed on the 40-man roster. In 10 games with the AZL-Giants, he was hitting .314 with three doubles, one home run, four RBI’s and four stolen bases. Carbonell spent four seasons playing for Camaguey in the Cuban National Series. During the 2012-13 season, he hit .298 with five home runs, 28 RBI’s and nine stolen bases in 62 games.

At Muni
The Giants are 15-6 in their last 21 home games dating back to July 8.

Team Awards
The Giants are in the midst of handing out their team awards during the current homestand. Third baseman Mitch Delfino was honored as the club’s Defensive Player of the Year yesterday while Steven Okert (promoted to Double-A Richmond on June 24) took home the Relief Pitcher of the Year award on Wednesday.

On Deck
After the current homestand, San Jose concludes the regular season with a seven-game road trip against Lake Elsinore (August 26-28) and High Desert (August 29-September 1). It will mark the Giants’ only two visits this year to both venues. San Jose is 23-14 (.622) against South Division teams this season (45-48 versus the North).

Opponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide
The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, enter this series riding a five-game winning streak. Visalia is fourth in the league in batting average (.278), fifth in runs scored (675) and sixth in ERA (4.60). Since suffering a 12-game losing streak from June 27-July 9, the Rawhide have gone 28-12. Right-hander Brandon Sinnery is expected to get the ball tonight. Sinnery is tied for the league lead with 12 wins this season.

Episode 38 – Inside the San Jose Giants

Inside the San Jose Giants podcast

In the final regular season episode of Inside the San Jose Giants, Joe and Ben hand out their team awards. The two make their picks for Pitcher of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Relief Pitcher of the Year and MVP. The podcast also includes discussion of San Jose’s new-look lineup and the club’s push for a playoff spot.

Final Homestand Of The Regular Season Begins Tonight

Modesto Nuts (39-88) at San Jose Giants (66-61)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Tuesday, August 19, 7:00 PM
• Wednesday, August 20, 7:00 PM
• Thursday, August 21, 7:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Tuesday
Modesto – Jayson Aquino (5-9, 4.94)
San Jose – Nick Vander Tuig (2-0, 2.12)

Wednesday
Modesto – Ben Alsup (3-13, 5.61)
San Jose – Matt Lujan (4-2, 4.24)

Thursday
Modesto – Matt Flemer (11-9, 5.04)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (9-8, 4.23)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Begin Three-Game Series Against Modesto Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a six-game homestand tonight with the first of three straight contests against the Modesto Nuts at Municipal Stadium. Nick Vander Tuig (2-0, 2.12) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose this evening. Tonight marks the beginning of the Giants’ final homestand of the regular season. After the current series versus the Nuts, San Jose hosts the Visalia Rawhide in a pivotal three-game set beginning on Friday.

Road Trip Review
The Giants posted a 3-4 record during their road trip that concluded last night. San Jose began the trip by dropping two out of three games to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Both losses came in extra-innings (2-1 in 11 innings and 3-2 in 13 innings). The Giants then split a four-game set with the first-place Stockton Ports. San Jose claimed the series opener on Friday by an 11-10 score before the Ports outlasted the Giants 14-10 on Saturday. The Giants posted a 6-2 victory in the third game with Stockton then earning the split after a 7-3 win last night.

Offensive Outburst
San Jose scored 30 runs during the four-game series against Stockton (7.5 runs per game). The Giants hit nine homers over the four games, including a season-high five in the series opener last Friday. Individually, Brian Ragira (8-for-17, .471, 3 HR, 6 RBI) and Tyler Horan (8-for-18, .444, 2 HR, 8 RBI) were San Jose’s top hitters during the series.

Playoff Race
San Jose’s 66-61 overall record is tied with the Visalia Rawhide (66-61) for the North Division Wild Card lead. Including tonight, there are 13 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose (32-25) is six games behind the Stockton Ports (38-19) in the second half North Division race.

Carbonell’s Immediate Impact
Outfielder Daniel Carbonell was added to the San Jose roster on August 8 from the AZL-Giants (Rookie) and has made an immediate impact in the California League going 12-for-40 (.300) with a home run, five RBI’s and two stolen bases in his first nine games. Carbonell hit safely in his first eight games with the Giants before going 0-for-5 last night. A 23-year old native of Cuba, Carbonell signed a major league contract with San Francisco in June and was placed on the 40-man roster. In 10 games with the AZL-Giants, he was hitting .314 with three doubles, one home run, four RBI’s and four stolen bases. Carbonell spent four seasons playing for Camaguey in the Cuban National Series. During the 2012-13 season, he hit .298 with five home runs, 28 RBI’s and nine stolen bases in 62 games.

Versus The Nuts

The Giants are 13-8 against Modesto this season. San Jose has won their last six games versus the Nuts after back-to-back series sweeps at John Thurman Field from July 1-3 and July 28-30. The clubs last met at Municipal Stadium from June 23-25 with Modesto taking two out of three games. Ben Turner (.429, 5 RBI) and Chuckie Jones (.321, 3 HR, 11 RBI) have been the Giants’ top hitters versus Nuts pitching this season.

Power Surge
The Giants have hit 18 home runs in August already after just 15 homers in July and nine home runs during the entire month of June. Tyler Horan has hit six homers in his first 16 games with San Jose since joining the team from Augusta (A) on August 1. Brian Ragira’s two round-trippers last Friday marked his first multi-home run game this season (fourth by a Giant in 2014). Ragira homered again on Saturday increasing his team-high total to 15. Chuckie Jones has hit four home runs in his last 12 games. San Jose is still last in the league with 85 home runs this season.

At Muni
The Giants are 13-5 in their last 18 home games dating back to July 8.

Horan’s Hit Streak At Eight Games
Outfielder Tyler Horan brings an eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. During the hit streak, Horan is batting at a .324 clip (12-for-37) with three doubles, four home runs and 12 RBI’s.

On Deck

After the current homestand, San Jose concludes the regular season with a seven-game road trip against Lake Elsinore (August 26-28) and High Desert (August 29-September 1). It will mark the Giants’ only two visits this year to both venues. San Jose is 23-14 (.622) against South Division teams this season (43-47 versus the North).

Opponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, own the worst overall record in the league at 39-88. With one more defeat, the Nuts will set a franchise record for losses in a season (Modesto Reds – 1947). Modesto is last in the league in batting average (.246) and runs scored (4.2 per game) and ninth in ERA (5.08).

Giants Continue Road Trip In Stockton

San Jose Giants (64-59) at Stockton Ports (73-50)

San_Jose_Giants157At Banner Island Ballpark
• Friday, August 15, 7:05 PM
• Saturday, August 16, 7:05 PM
• Sunday, August 17, 6:05 PM
• Monday, August 18, 7:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Friday
San Jose – Joe Biagini (8-8, 4.32)
Stockton – Jake Sanchez (8-1, 3.05)

Saturday
San Jose – Pat Young (9-5, 5.76)
Stockton – Tim Alderson (3-0, 2.76)

Sunday
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (7-4, 3.20)
Stockton – Dylan Covey (1-3, 8.00)

Monday
San Jose – Martin Agosta (3-2, 8.58)
Stockton – Josh Bowman (6-7, 5.11)

Broadcast Information

The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Continue Road Trip In Stockton
The San Jose Giants continue their road trip this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Stockton Ports at Banner Island Ballpark. Joe Biagini (8-8, 4.32) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight.

Last Series
The Giants dropped two out of three games to the host Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in a series that concluded last night. San Jose earned a 6-4 victory in the series opener on Tuesday before the Quakes posted back-to-back extra-inning wins to take the series. Rancho Cucamonga’s Jeremy Rathjen hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 11th to lift the Quakes to a 2-1 walk-off victory on Wednesday. In last night’s finale, a bases loaded passed ball with one out in the bottom of the 13th gave Rancho Cucamonga a 3-2 win. The Quakes did not record a hit during the 13th inning rally taking advantage of two walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch before the passed ball.

Extras
With losses the last two nights, the Giants fell to 6-8 in extra-inning games this season. Yesterday’s 13-inning contest matched San Jose’s longest game of the year (April 21 vs. Visalia, 5-4 loss). The Giants have lost their last three extra-inning games overall.

Struggling Offense

The Giants scored a total of just three runs in 24 innings over the last two games of their series in Rancho Cucamonga. San Jose was held hitless over the final 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday’s loss. Last night, the Giants managed just three singles after the third inning (no runs).

Playoff Race

San Jose’s 64-59 overall record is tied with the Visalia Rawhide (64-59) for the North Division Wild Card lead. Including tonight, there are 17 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose (30-23) is also six games behind the Stockton Ports (36-17) in the second half North Division race.

Carbonell’s Immediate Impact

Outfielder Daniel Carbonell was added to the San Jose roster last Friday from the AZL-Giants (Rookie) and has made an immediate impact in the California League going 10-for-25 (.400) with a triple, an RBI and two stolen bases in his first six games. He’s hit safely in all six games. A 23-year old native of Cuba, Carbonell signed a major league contract with San Francisco in June and was placed on the 40-man roster. In 10 games with the AZL-Giants, he was hitting .314 with three doubles, one home run, four RBI’s and four stolen bases. Carbonell spent four seasons playing for Camaguey in the Cuban National Series. During the 2012-13 season, he hit .298 with five home runs, 28 RBI’s and nine stolen bases in 62 games.

Versus The Ports
The Giants are only 9-16 versus Stockton this season. San Jose lost all four of their series’ versus the Ports at Municipal Stadium this year (4-11 record). The Giants have posted a 5-5 mark at Banner Island Ballpark this season. The clubs last met in Stockton from July 11-14 with each team recording two wins. San Jose is 5-13 in their last 18 games versus the Ports. The Giants are hitting only .245 as a team against Stockton pitching this season.

Power Surge

Outfielder Chuckie Jones has hit three home runs in his last eight games. His 13 home runs this season lead the team and are a personal career-high. Meanwhile, outfielder Tyler Horan has hit four home runs in his first 12 games since joining the club from Augusta (A) on August 1. San Jose is still last in the league in home runs (76).

Starting Strong

Giants starting pitchers have combined for a 2.19 ERA (10 ER/41.0 IP) over the last seven games (4-3 team record). San Jose is now third in the California League with a team ERA of 4.43.

Delfino Delivers

Third baseman Mitch Delfino finished 8-for-14 with a triple and three RBI’s during the three-game series against Rancho Cucamonga. He matched a season-high with four hits in Tuesday’s series opener versus the Quakes. It marked the second time this season that Delfino rapped out four hits in a game (April 24 vs. Visalia). Delfino is batting .388 (38-for-98) in his last 24 games.

On Deck
After the current series versus Stockton, the Giants return to Municipal Stadium for their final homestand of the regular season with three games against Modesto (August 19-21) and three games versus Visalia (August 22-24).

Opponent Notes: Stockton Ports
The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, own the best overall record in the league at 73-50. Stockton is 45-21 since the beginning of June. The Ports rank fifth in the California League in batting average (.274), first in home runs (162) and first in ERA (4.11).

Seven-Game Road Trip Begins Tonight In Rancho Cucamonga

San Jose Giants (63-57) at Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (58-62)

San_Jose_Giants157At LoanMart Field
• Tuesday, August 12, 7:05 PM
• Wednesday, August 13, 7:05 PM
• Thursday, August 14, 7:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Tuesday
San Jose – Martin Agosta (2-2, 9.68)
Rancho Cucamonga – Chris Anderson (7-6, 4.93)

Wednesday
San Jose – Nick Vander Tuig (2-0, 2.70)
Rancho Cucamonga – Julio Urias (1-2, 2.94)

Thursday
San Jose – Matt Lujan (4-2, 4.40)
Rancho Cucamonga – Jharel Cotton (5-9, 4.58)

Broadcast Information

The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Begin Begin Seven-Game Road Trip Tonight In Rancho Cucamonga
The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game road trip this evening with the first of three straight contests against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at LoanMart Field. Martin Agosta (2-2, 9.68) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. The Giants are 6-1 against the Quakes this year. San Jose won three out of four in Rancho Cucamonga to open the season (April 3-6) before sweeping a three-game set between the teams at Municipal Stadium earlier in the second half (July 16-18).

Last Series
The host Giants won three out of four games against South Division-leading Lancaster in their most recent series. San Jose took the first three games of the series earning back-to-back 2-1 victories last Thursday and Friday before a 4-0 shutout win on Saturday. The Giants though were unable to complete the sweep as the JetHawks posted a 6-2 win in the finale on Sunday. San Jose was attempting to sweep their first four-game series of the season. Friday’s victory marked the Giants’ first win this season when trailing after eight innings (scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth). Saturday was San Jose’s fourth shutout of the year. The loss on Sunday snapped the Giants’ five-game winning streak.

Winning Ways

The Giants enter tonight’s contest having won five out of their last six games. San Jose is also 5-1 in their last six road games. A victory tonight would move the Giants to a season-high tying seven games above .500 overall.

One-Run Success
With the back-to-back 2-1 wins over Lancaster last Thursday and Friday, the Giants improved to a league-best 19-10 in one-run games this season. San Jose is 8-1 in their last nine one-run games.

Playoff Race
San Jose’s 63-57 overall record is tied with the Visalia Rawhide (63-57) for the North Division wild card lead. Including tonight, there are 20 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose (29-21) is also five games behind the Stockton Ports (34-16) in the second half North Division race. The Giants have four games remaining against Stockton this season (August 15-18) and three games left versus the Rawhide (August 22-24).

Trouble With The Ports, Rawhide

The Giants have struggled of late against Stockton and Visalia. Since the beginning of July, San Jose is a combined 4-12 versus the Ports and Rawhide (4-8 vs. Stockton, 0-4 vs. Visalia) and a sizzling 20-3 against the rest of the league.

Carbonell Joins Giants
Outfielder Daniel Carbonell was added to the San Jose roster last Friday from the AZL-Giants (Rookie). In his first three games with the Giants, Carbonell is 5-for-12 (.417) with five singles. A 23-year old native of Cuba, Carbonell signed a major league contract with San Francisco in June and was placed on the 40-man roster. In 10 games with the AZL-Giants, he was hitting .314 with three doubles, one home run, four RBI’s and four stolen bases. Carbonell spent four seasons playing for Camaguey in the Cuban National Series. During the 2012-13 season, he hit .298 with five home runs, 28 RBI’s and nine stolen bases in 62 games.

Versus The South

San Jose is 22-12 (.647) against South Division teams this season. The Giants will play 10 out of their last 20 games versus South Division clubs.

Power Surge

Outfielder Chuckie Jones has hit three home runs in his last five games. His 13 home runs this season lead the team and are a personal career-high. Meanwhile, outfielder Tyler Horan has hit three home runs in his first nine games with the Giants since joining the team from Augusta (A) on August 1. San Jose is still last in the league in home runs (75).

Lollis Returns
Outfielder Ryan Lollis has returned to San Jose as he was added to the Giants roster on August 5 from Double-A Richmond. Through his first seven games with San Jose, Lollis is 6-for-26 (.231) with two RBI’s and two stolen bases. In 69 games for the Flying Squirrels this season, Lollis hit .218 with four doubles, three triples, one home run and 17 RBI’s. Lollis spent the first three months of the 2012 season in San Jose and batted .296 with five home runs and 39 RBI’s over 75 games. He also played in 14 games with the Giants early in 2011 (.255, 0 HR, 5 RBI). Lollis was a 37th round pick in the 2009 draft.

Opponent Notes: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, are 26-24 in the second half – one game behind Lancaster (27-23) for the top spot in the South Division. The Quakes have lost four in a row and eight out of their last nine games. Rancho Cucamonga is eighth in the league in batting average (.263), third in home runs (128) and fifth in ERA (4.60). 2013 first round draft pick Chris Anderson (7-6, 4.93) is expected to make the start in tonight’s series opener.

Giants Host Lancaster In Four-Game Series

Lancaster JetHawks (70-46) at San Jose Giants (60-56)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Thursday, August 7, 7:00 PM
• Friday, August 8, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, August 9, 5:00 PM
• Sunday, August 10, 5:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Thursday
Lancaster – Matt Heidenreich (3-3, 4.25)
San Jose – Nick Vander Tuig (1-0, 3.60)

Friday
Lancaster – Zach Morton (1-1, 5.57)
San Jose – Matt Lujan (4-2, 4.97)

Saturday
Lancaster – Evan Grills (1-1, 3.27)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (7-8, 4.62)

Sunday
Lancaster – Brian Holmes (4-1, 5.10)
San Jose – Pat Young (9-4, 5.63)

Broadcast Information
The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo handing the play-by-play and Joe Castellano providing color commentary. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Begin Four-Game Series Against Lancaster Tonight
The San Jose Giants return home this evening to begin a four-game series against the Lancaster JetHawks at Municipal Stadium. Nick Vander Tuig (1-0, 3.60) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. The Giants are 1-5 against Lancaster this season with this series marking the first and only meeting between the teams in San Jose.

Doubleheader Sweep
San Jose swept a doubleheader from the host Bakersfield Blaze yesterday afternoon earning wins of 5-4 and 8-6. With the two victories, the Giants won two out of three games in the series. In the opener yesterday, Ydwin Villegas hit a three-run home run to key a decisive fourth-inning rally for San Jose. Villegas returned to the Giants yesterday after a second stint this season with Triple-A Fresno. Martin Agosta picked-up the win after tossing five innings with four runs (all earned) and seven hits allowed. Bryce Bandilla struck out the side in a scoreless bottom of the seventh to earn the save. San Jose then used a five-run top of the fifth inning in the second game before holding off the Blaze late to complete the doubleheader sweep. Chuckie Jones (3-for-4, HR, RBI) homered as part of a three-hit game while Jesus Galindo (1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI) delivered a go-ahead three-run double during the fifth inning rally. Jeff Soptic notched the win in relief with Tyler Mizenko recording the final out of the contest to collect the save.

Playoff Race
San Jose’s 60-56 overall record is one game behind the Visalia Rawhide (61-55) for the North Division wild card lead. Including tonight, there are 24 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose (26-20) is also five games behind the Stockton Ports (31-15) in the second half North Division race. The Giants have four games remaining against Stockton this season (August 15-18) and three games left versus the Rawhide (August 22-24).

Trouble With The Ports, Rawhide
The Giants have struggled of late against Stockton and Visalia. Since the beginning of July, San Jose is a combined 4-12 versus the Ports and Rawhide (4-8 vs. Stockton, 0-4 vs. Visalia) and a sizzling 17-2 against the rest of the league.

Horan’s Immediate Impact
Outfielder Tyler Horan has made an immediate impact since joining the Giants from Augusta (A) last Friday. In his first six games with San Jose, Horan is 6-for-17 (.353) with two home runs, three RBI’s and two stolen bases. Horan has also drawn seven walks and owns a .560 on-base percentage. He homered last Saturday against Stockton before going deep again on Tuesday in Bakersfield. An eighth round pick in the 2013 draft, Horan was leading Augusta in batting average (.273), doubles (22), triples (5), home runs (15), RBI’s (54) and slugging percentage (.481) in his 102 games.

Starting Slow
Over the last five games (2-3 record), Giants starting pitchers have combined to allow 24 runs (23 earned) in 17 innings (12.18 ERA).

One-Run Success
The Giants are 17-10 in one-run games this season – tied for the best record in the California League (Bakersfield). San Jose is 6-1 in their last seven one-run games.

Lollis Returns
Outfielder Ryan Lollis was added to the Giants roster on Tuesday from Double-A Richmond. In 69 games for the Flying Squirrels, Lollis hit .218 with four doubles, three triples, one home run and 17 RBI’s. Lollis spent the first three months of the 2012 season in San Jose and batted .296 with five home runs and 39 RBI’s over 75 games. He also played in 14 games with the Giants early in 2011 (.255, 0 HR, 5 RBI).

Delfino Delivers
Third baseman Mitch Delfino has multi-hits in 12 out of his last 17 games. During the 17-game stretch, Delfino is batting at a .394 clip (28-for-71) with a home run and 11 RBI’s. Delfino leads all current Giants players in hits (128), doubles (25) and RBI’s (64) while he’s third in home runs (10).

Versus The South
San Jose is 19-11 against South Division teams this season, including 12-4 at Municipal Stadium.

Opponent Notes: Lancaster JetHawks
The Lancaster JetHawks, an affiliate of the Houston Astros, have already clinched a playoff berth after winning the first half South Division title. Lancaster’s overall record stands at a league-best 70-46. The JetHawks are second in the league in batting average (.288), first in runs scored (721) and seventh in ERA (4.68).

Giants Travel To Bakersfield For Three-Game Series

San Jose Giants (58-55) at Bakersfield Blaze (64-49)
San_Jose_Giants157
At Sam Lynn Ballpark

• Monday, August 4, 7:30 PM
• Tuesday, August 5, 7:30 PM
• Wednesday, August 6, 7:30 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Monday
San Jose – Pat Young (9-3, 5.18)
Bakersfield – Daniel Wright (6-4, 4.80)

Tuesday
San Jose – Martin Agosta (1-2, 10.17)
Bakersfield – Ismael Guillon (0-4, 6.59)

Wednesday
San Jose – Kendry Flores (4-6, 4.12)
Bakersfield – Drew Cisco (5-5, 5.84)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Travel To Bakersfield For Three-Game Set
The San Jose Giants begin a three-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze this evening at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Pat Young (9-3, 5.18) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. The Giants are 7-6 against Bakersfield this season, including a 2-1 mark at Sam Lynn Ballpark. The teams last met from July 8-10 at Municipal Stadium with San Jose sweeping a three-game series.

Last Series

The Giants dropped three out of four games to the visiting Stockton Ports in their most recent series. Stockton plated three runs in the top of the eighth inning to rally for a 5-3 victory over San Jose in the series opener last Thursday before the Giants bounced back with their own 5-3 win on Friday. The Ports scored seven runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 13-7 triumph on Saturday and then claimed the series with a 7-2 victory over San Jose last night. The Giants lost all four series’ to Stockton this season at Municipal Stadium (4-11 overall record).

Recent Struggles

San Jose has lost seven out of their last 11 games after an 18-6 stretch (June 27-July 22).

Playoff Race

San Jose’s 24-19 second half record is four games behind the Stockton Ports (28-15) for the top spot in the North Division standings. Including tonight, there are 27 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose’s 58-55 overall record is three games behind Visalia (61-52) for the North Division wild card lead. The Giants have four games remaining against Stockton this season and three games left versus the Rawhide.

Trouble With The Ports, Rawhide

The Giants have struggled of late against Stockton and Visalia. Since the beginning of July, San Jose is a combined 4-12 versus the Ports and Rawhide (4-8 vs. Stockton, 0-4 vs. Visalia) and a sizzling 15-1 against the rest of the league.

Horan’s Immediate Impact
Outfielder Tyler Horan has made an immediate impact since joining the Giants from Augusta (A) last Friday. In his first three games with San Jose, Horan is 4-for-9 (.444) with a home run, an RBI and two stolen bases. He reached base in all four of his plate appearances on Friday (2-for-2, two singles, two walks) before hitting a home run in Saturday’s game. An eighth round pick in the 2013 draft, Horan was leading Augusta in batting average (.273), doubles (22), triples (5), home runs (15), RBI’s (54) and slugging percentage (.481) in his 102 games.

On The Road

The Giants are 26-27 on the road this season. San Jose’s last two road series’ have ended in sweeps. The Giants dropped four straight games in Visalia from July 24-27 – the first time San Jose had been swept in a series since the opening week of the season (April 7-9 at Lancaster). The Giants then bounced back to sweep a three-game series against Modesto from July 28-30. It marked San Jose’s second road series sweep this year (both versus the Nuts). The Giants are hitting .272 as a team on the road this season compared to .259 at home.

Bednar Extends Hitting Streak To 13 Games

Infielder Brandon Bednar brings a 13-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. Bednar is batting .304 (17-for-56) with one double, two home runs and six RBI’s during the streak. The 13-game streak is the second-longest by a Giants player this season. Blake Miller had a 15-game hitting streak from April 16-May 3. Bednar has collected one hit in each of his last nine games.

One-Run Success

The Giants are 16-10 in one-run games this season. Their .615 winning percentage in one-run games is second-best in the California League (Bakersfield 17-9, .654). San Jose is 5-1 in their last six one-run games.

Delfino Delivers

Third baseman Mitch Delfino has multi-hits in 10 out of his last 14 games. During the 14-game stretch, Delfino is batting at a .390 clip (23-for-59) with a home run and nine RBI’s. Delfino leads all current Giants players in hits (123), doubles (22) and RBI’s (62) while he’s tied for second in home runs (10).

Power Outage
The Giants have hit a league-low 69 home runs this season. After hitting 43 homers during April and May, San Jose has connected for just 26 home runs since the beginning of June (56 games). Conversely, the Giants pitching staff has allowed a league-low 85 home runs this season.

Opponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze
The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, have already clinched a playoff berth after winning the first half North Division title. Bakersfield’s overall record stands at 64-49. The Blaze are second in the league in batting average (.287) and seventh in ERA (4.70). Bakersfield is 34-22 at home this season (30-27 on the road).

Episode 30 – Inside the San Jose Giants

Inside the San Jose Giants GraphicIn the final podcast before the team arrives at Municipal Stadium, Joe and Ben make starting lineup projections for the 2014 San Jose Giants. The two provide a detailed breakdown of the potential lineup, including top prospects expected to begin the season in San Jose and which position players may return from last year.

2014 San Jose Giants Season Preview: Outfield

By Joe Ritzo

2014-Season-PreviewThe San Jose Giants season preview series continues this week with a look at the outfield. The possibilities are exciting for the Giants this year with several new faces expected to play central roles. One of the fastest players in the system is presumed to take over in center while a handful of power hitters are competing for the corner outfield spots.

In all likelihood, the speedy Jesus Galindo will assume the role of everyday center fielder for San Jose this year. Galindo spent the entire 2013 regular season with Augusta (Class-A) before joining the Giants for the Cal League playoffs. Galindo’s strengths are his speed, his switch-hitting capabilities and defensive prowess in center.

In 89 games with the GreenJackets last year, Galindo hit .273 with an organizational-leading 48 stolen bases (in 54 attempts). In fact, Galindo has stolen at least 40 bases in his last four professional seasons (despite having never played more than 90 games). The 23-year old Venezuelan possesses very little power, having connected for just 12 extra-base hits last year and only three home runs for his entire pro career. However, with the ability to draw a walk combined with plus-speed and excellent base stealing skills, Galindo is a logical candidate to bat leadoff this season in San Jose if he finds himself on the Giants opening day roster. Galindo can still improve defensively in center, but features a strong arm while his speed allows him to get great jumps on fly balls.

In seven California League playoff games last September, Galindo was 6-for-23 (.261) with a triple and three RBI’s.

While Galindo’s presence in center seems almost certain, who fills the corner outfield positions is more of a mystery as the 2014 season approaches. Among outfielders that were in Augusta last season, Chuckie Jones is the most likely candidate to move up with Galindo in 2014. Jones, a seventh round draft pick four years ago out of the high school ranks, is a physical presence on the baseball field at 6’3″ and 235 lbs. Jones has excellent raw power, can run and has experience playing all three outfield positions, although was almost exclusively a right fielder last season. As recently as two years ago, Jones was considered one of the top 20 prospects in the San Francisco farm system.

The downsides for Jones have been low batting averages and high strikeout totals. He began the 2012 season in Augusta, but his struggles were so great that he quickly found himself back in Extended Spring Training before finishing the year in Salem-Keizer (Short-Season level). He received another chance to play in Augusta last season and enjoyed modest success ranking second on the team in home runs (10), doubles (21) and hits (96) and third in RBI’s (51) and runs scored (58). However, Jones, by a large margin, led the GreenJackets in strikeouts (140 K’s in 407 AB’s) and managed just a .230 batting average. Solid power numbers (that could jump up even more in the hitter-friendly California League) and improved overall production at the plate as the season progressed last year (.275 AVG in July, .290 AVG in August) though could be enough to warrant a promotion to San Jose. Despite 2014 marking Jones’ fifth professional season, he is still only 21 years old.

Other potential newcomers to the corner outfield spots in San Jose this season include Tyler Horan and Brian Ragira, two of San Francisco’s top draft picks last June. Horan would be a much-needed left-handed bat in the middle of the San Jose lineup if he proves he’s ready for a promotion to the California League. Listed at 6’1″ and 230 lbs., Horan is big and strong and was one of the top sluggers in the ACC the past few years while playing at Virginia Tech. Horan hit 26 home runs over his last two collegiate seasons (116 games), in addition to a whopping 16 homers in just 41 games in the prestigious Cape Cod Summer League after the 2012 campaign. The result of that success was his selection in the eighth round of last year’s draft by the SF Giants.

Last summer in Salem-Keizer, Horan produced solid numbers batting at a .295 clip in 44 games to go with 11 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 25 RBI’s. Horan finished the year strong hitting .319 in August while garnering starts in both left field and right. Now 23 years old, Horan could certainly fit into San Jose’s plans in 2014.

Meanwhile, Ragira was mentioned in last week’s preview as a potential first baseman on this year’s Giants squad. A fourth round pick last June out of Stanford, Ragira was exclusively a first baseman at the collegiate level, but saw more time in the outfield last summer with Salem-Keizer (mainly in RF). Overall in 47 games for the Volcanoes, Ragira posted a .263 batting average to go with 12 doubles, three home runs and 36 RBI’s. Ragira also drew 26 walks resulting in an impressive .371 on-base percentage.

While in college, Ragira hit at least .320 in each of his three seasons, leading Stanford in home runs (8) and RBI’s (42) as a junior. It remains to be seen whether Ragira, who was drafted as a first baseman, continues to work more at that position or if his experience in the outfield last summer in Salem-Keizer is a sign of his future role as a professional. Either way, given his draft pedigree, his success at a top collegiate program and overall solid production last year in the Northwest League, Ragira figures to be a strong contender for the San Jose roster this spring.

Potential outfield returnees to San Jose in 2014 include the versatile Elliott Blair and the speedy Shawn Payne. Blair, who saw substantial time as a center fielder last season in a Giants uniform, could be hard-pressed to earn a promotion to what’s expected to be a crowded Richmond outfield. In 69 games in the California League a year ago, Blair hit .229 with three home runs and 26 RBI’s. The former 46th round draft pick has played all three outfield positions in his pro career, in addition to occasional time at first base.

Payne entered the 2013 campaign with high expectations after leading Augusta in batting average the year prior, to go with a whopping 53 stolen bases. Unfortunately, that production did not lead to much success in the California League as Payne struggled to a .229 batting average and one home run in 73 games last season. Payne hit just .191 in May and .157 in June with the Giants before he was sent down to Augusta. Payne was able to get somewhat back on track down the stretch managing a .259 batting average with 10 doubles and four homers in 36 games for Augusta and will look for another crack at the California League this season. Payne has been exclusively a left fielder over the last two years.

One other potential 2014 San Jose outfielder worth noting is Brett Krill, a former 25th round pick out of UCLA. Krill was penciled into the Giants outfield last year after coming on strong during the second half of 2012 with Augusta. A late-switch during spring training though elevated Krill up to Double-A where he spent the entire 2013 season. In 85 games with the Flying Squirrels, mainly in a reserve outfield role, Krill hit .258 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 28 RBI’s. Krill, who can play either corner outfield position, struggled late in the year batting just .217 after the All-Star break. He could return to Richmond this season or perhaps make the first appearance of his professional career in San Jose.

2014 San Jose Giants Outfield Candidates
(2013 regular season statistics are listed)

Elliott Blair, CF
– San Jose: .229 AVG, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 4 SB

Jesus Galindo, CF
– Augusta: .273 AVG, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 48 SB

Tyler Horan, LF/RF
– Salem-Keizer: .295 AVG, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 4 SB

Chuckie Jones, RF
– Augusta: .236 AVG, 10 HR, 51 RBI, 12 SB

Brett Krill, LF/RF

– Richmond: .258 AVG, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 3 SB

Shawn Payne, LF
– San Jose: .229 AVG, 1 HR, 29 RBI, 21 SB
– Augusta: .259 AVG, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 6 SB

Brian Ragira, OF/1B

– Salem-Keizer: .263 AVG, 3 HR, 36 RBI, 1 SB

The 2014 San Jose Giants preview series will continue next week with a look at the catching position.

2014 San Jose Giants Previews

Corner Infield

Middle Infield

Starting Pitchers

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Episode 27 – Inside the San Jose Giants


Inside the San Jose Giants podcastWith spring training right around the corner, Joe and Ben discuss top San Francisco Giants minor league camp storylines on the latest podcast episode. The two analyze where some of the elite starting pitching prospects in the organization could start this season and preview position battles at first base and shortstop. They also examine which recent high draft picks could play in San Jose this year.

Giants Minor League Camp Storylines

By Joe Ritzo

SF Giants logoSpring training gets underway down in Scottsdale in less than two weeks while we’re now under two months from the San Jose Giants season opener. The San Francisco Giants (all members of the 40-man roster plus the 26 non-roster invitees) will hold their first official full team workout of the spring on February 19 while all remaining minor leaguers report to camp by February 27.

With over 160 players expected in minor league camp, there are a bevy of questions regarding personnel and roster decisions. Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the major storylines in Giants minor league camp this year, involving both former and potential future San Jose players:

Starting Pitching Prospects

The strength of the Giants farm system right now is unquestionably the deep crop of starting pitching prospects. According to Baseball America, eight out of the top 14 prospects in the organization are starting pitchers. And while a handful of these pitching prospects will begin spring training in big league camp, none are expected to compete for spots on the opening day roster and thus should find themselves back in minor league camp before too long. The big question then becomes, assuming full-health for everyone, where do all of these pitchers land at the beginning of the season? It could be as simple as each starter moving up a level from where they finished in 2013. If that’s the case, look for Edwin Escobar, the closest of the group to the big leagues, to start the year with Triple-A Fresno. The quartet of top prospect starters from last season’s San Jose team – Kyle Crick, Clayton Blackburn, Adalberto Mejia and Ty Blach – would jump to Double-A Richmond. Meanwhile, 2013 Augusta headliners Chris Stratton, Martin Agosta, Kendry Flores and Joan Gregorio move to San Jose.

However, projecting the opening day starting rotations in the Giants farm system may not be that simple. Escobar will be under the microscope all spring trying to prove that he’s ready for a promotion to Fresno (not to mention a possible big league debut later in the year) despite just 54 career innings at the Double-A level. Mejia was excellent in the second half last season with San Jose, but missed most of the first half due to injury. At just 20 years old, it would be an aggressive promotion to the Eastern League if that turns out to be his assignment. Meanwhile, perhaps one of the top starters from last year’s Augusta team gains consideration for a jump over San Jose all the way to Richmond. Possible candidates could include Stratton, with his first round pedigree, and Flores, who was placed on the 40-man roster last offseason. How each of these pitchers (who are all listed among Baseball America’s top 30 prospects in the system) fare this spring is a major storyline and it’ll be interesting to see where they all begin their 2014 seasons.

Law And The Relievers
Outside of perhaps Crick, there wasn’t a player in the Giants system that was generating more buzz last October/November than Derek Law. After a dominant second half as San Jose’s closer, Law went to the Arizona Fall League where he fashioned a perfect 0.00 ERA. Law, along with Heath Hembree, are considered the top relief pitcher prospects in the organization right now. Law will initially get an opportunity to pitch in big league camp this spring and if he impresses, might a jump to Fresno and a spot on the fast track be in the works?

The placement of some other relief pitcher prospects this spring is also worth noting. Hard-throwers Cody Hall and Josh Osich were midseason promotions to Richmond last year. Do both return to the Eastern League or show enough this spring to get a look in Fresno right off the bat? Injuries have plagued Bryce Bandilla throughout his pro career, but when healthy, he’s been as dominant as anyone in this system over the last two seasons. Is the talented lefty ready to go this spring and in line for a promotion to Double-A? Augusta’s bullpen was stacked last season as well with the likes of Stephen Johnson (a top 30 prospect), Steven Okert (another top 30 prospect), Tyler Mizenko (All-Star closer), Ian Gardeck and Jorge Bucardo. Do they all move up together this spring and continue the tradition of strong San Jose bullpens?

Starting pitcher Pat Young is one of several players from the 2013 draft class who could open the season in San Jose

Starting pitcher Pat Young is one of several players from the 2013 draft class who could open the season in San Jose

2013 Draft Class – Anyone To San Jose?
The top two picks from last June’s draft – shortstop Christian Arroyo and third baseman Ryder Jones – both excelled in the Arizona Rookie League, but are each still teenagers and thus an aggressive promotion to San Jose seems unlikely. Arroyo and Jones figure to both have an opportunity to make the Class-A Augusta roster this spring. But what about some of the other 2013 draftees – could any of them jump to the California League for the start of the 2014 season? The best bets might be fourth rounder Brian Ragira, an outfielder/first baseman out of Stanford who was second on Salem-Keizer’s club with 36 RBI’s last summer and eighth rounder Tyler Horan, an outfielder out of Virginia Tech who hit .295 for the Volcanoes and has impressive raw power. Utility infielder Brandon Bednar (seventh round) and catcher Ty Ross (12th round) are also candidates after each were drafted out of the college ranks and played key roles in Salem last summer.

On the pitching side, Nick Vander Tuig (sixth round) is a polished right-handed starter out of UCLA and while he has only 10 innings of professional experience, could follow a similar path as Blach and jump to the San Jose rotation for his first full season. Pat Young (13th round) had a 0.92 ERA in eight starts with Salem-Keizer last summer before handling himself well in the playoffs with the Giants. Chase Johnson (third round) was the first pitcher taken by San Francisco in last year’s draft. After working as a reliever in college, Johnson transitioned to the role of a starter last summer with Salem-Keizer and impressed. Meanwhile, Dan Slania (fifth round) is a power arm out of Notre Dame who finished last season as an effective late-inning reliever for the Volcanoes. Which of these players (or others from the 2013 draft class) will perform well enough this spring to warrant a promotion to San Jose?

Shortstops

At the start of spring training, there doesn’t seem to be a clear pecking order for the shortstops in the Giants system. At the highest level, Ehire Adrianza, who is out of options, will be fighting hard in big league camp for a role on the opening day roster. Nick Noonan surprised last spring by earning a spot in San Francisco and will look to do the same this year. Minor league free agent signee Brandon Hicks, another shortstop, has some prior big league experience and is a non-roster invitee. The shortstop job in Fresno probably comes from this group. Beyond that, minor league camp should determine the shortstop logjam throughout the rest of the system.

Matt Duffy, one of the top shortstop prospects in the system, could begin the season in Double-A with a strong spring

Matt Duffy, one of the top shortstop prospects in the system, could begin the season in Double-A with a strong spring

Matt Duffy jumped up the prospect charts with his output last year, both in Augusta, where he was an All-Star, and then San Jose. He has just 34 games of experience in the California League, but with no top prospect blocking his path to Double-A, Duffy figures to have a golden opportunity to make the Richmond roster coming out of spring. Kelby Tomlinson, San Jose’s opening day shortstop in 2013, put up solid numbers in the California League when he was healthy (.276 AVG) before receiving a July promotion to Richmond, where he struggled mightily down the stretch. If Duffy jumps to Richmond, does Tomlinson then come back to San Jose to play short everyday? Jeremy Sy was the primary shortstop at Salem-Keizer last season, where he led the the Volcanoes in home runs (8) and RBI’s (41), but did commit 13 errors in just 34 games. Bednar (6 HR, 34 RBI in Salem) also has shortstop experience. And then there’s Arroyo, who won the Arizona Rookie League MVP award last summer. If Arroyo is ticketed for Augusta, then does that allow Sy and/or Bednar to get an opportunity with San Jose? The shortstop position should be a fascinating development throughout minor league camp next month.

Others
* Angel Villalona is a 40-man member, so he’ll begin the spring in big league camp, but his starting point in 2014 is a question. Villalona hit just .235 in Double-A last year after his midseason promotion from San Jose, but with incredible raw power and his option clock ticking, does he head to Fresno coming out of camp? If Villalona is assigned to Fresno, that would allow Ricky Oropesa to return to Richmond to play first base everyday.

* Keury Mella is a 20-year old right-hander who became the ace starting pitcher (2.25 ERA, 41 K’s in 36 IP) on the AZL-Giants team last summer that won the league championship. Rated the #13 prospect in the system by Baseball America, could Mella jump all the way to Augusta in 2014 with a strong spring training?

* Will there be any surprises with the roster assignments for any of the top hitting prospects in the system? If not, look for Andrew Susac, Joe Panik, Gary Brown and Adam Duvall to headline Fresno’s lineup, Mac Williamson to anchor Richmond’s middle of the order and Arroyo to lead the way in Augusta.

Projecting the 2014 Roster – High Draft Picks

By Joe Ritzo

San_Jose_Giants157Taking a look at the top 10 rounds of the last two San Francisco Giants drafts and examining which players could end up in San Jose this season.

2013 DRAFT
– 1st round: Christian Arroyo, SS, Hernando HS
– 2nd round: Ryder Jones, 3B, Watauga, HS
– 3rd round: Chase Johnson, RHP, Cal Poly
– 4th round: Brian Ragira, OF/1B, Stanford
– 5th round: Dan Slania, RHP, Notre Dame
– 6th round: Nick Vander Tuig, RHP, UCLA
– 7th round: Brandon Bednar, SS/2B, Florida Gulf Coast
– 8th round: Tyler Horan, OF, Virginia Tech
– 9th round: D.J. Snelten, LHP, Minnesota
– 10th round: Tyler Rogers, RHP, Austin Peay State

Last June marked the first time since 1974 that the San Francisco Giants used their top two draft picks on high school position players. Both Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones thrived in the Arizona Rookie League last summer (Arroyo won the league MVP award), but a jump to San Jose at the start of this season for either seems unlikely. Look for the teenage duo to man the left side of the infield in Augusta (Class A) when minor league rosters are announced at the end of spring training.

The Giants then went to the college ranks with their third through tenth picks. I noted in an earlier article that the chances seem good that outfielders Brian Ragira and/or Tyler Horan could jump to San Jose from Salem-Keizer this season. Both played major college baseball for three seasons and enjoyed some success in the Northwest League last summer. The lack of top-level outfield prospects on last year’s Augusta team also helps each of their causes for a jump to the California League. Fellow position player Brandon Bednar put up solid numbers with the Volcanoes as well (.272 AVG, 6 HR, 34 RBI) seeing action at second base, third base and shortstop. That versatility should prove valuable and could put Bednar in contention for a roster spot in San Jose this spring.

The remainder of the top 10 picks from last June were college pitchers. Chase Johnson, Nick Vander Tuig and D,J, Snelten are each starters. Of the trio, Vander Tuig probably has the best chance to make the San Jose roster coming out of spring training. A polished right-hander, Vander Tuig was one of the star pitchers on UCLA’s national championship team last year. He has only 10 innings of professional experience entering 2014, but with big-game pitching experience from his college days and pinpoint control, he’ll likely be considered for a spot on the Giants staff. Meanwhile, Johnson was the highest drafted of the group and threw well in Salem last summer (3-2, 4.17 ERA in 10 starts). Johnson though was a middle reliever his final season in college and while he may turn out to be a great find for the Giants, he’s still considered fairly raw and will probably build innings in Augusta this year. Snelton, a 6’7” lefty, was a successful starting pitcher at Minnesota, but has yet to pitch above rookie-ball (had a 1.57 ERA in the AZL last summer).

Slania and Rogers are a pair of intriguing relief arms that should open 2014 in either San Jose or Augusta. Slania, a hard-thrower who is listed at 6’5” and 275 lbs., compiled a 3.95 ERA and was a perfect 3-for-3 in save chances over 12 relief appearances with Salem-Keizer last summer. Rogers, a submarine style right-hander, was promoted to San Jose for the playoffs last September after notching a 3.10 ERA in 14 games out of the Volcanoes bullpen. Rogers struggled in his lone playoff appearance with the Giants (2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB). The bullpen was a real strength for Augusta last season and with many of those relievers likely ticketed for San Jose, both Slania and Rogers will have to impress greatly during spring training games to gain consideration for a promotion to the Cal League.

2012 DRAFT
– 1st round: Chris Stratton, RHP, Mississippi State
– 2nd round: Martin Agosta, RHP, St. Mary’s
– 3rd round: Mac Williamson, OF, Wake Forest
– 4th round: Steven Okert, LHP, Oklahoma
– 5th round: Ty Blach, LHP, Creighton
– 6th round: Stephen Johnson, RHP, St. Edward’s
– 7th round: Eduardo Encinosa, RHP, Miami
– 8th round: Joe Kurrasch, LHP, Penn State
– 9th round: Shilo McCall, OF, Piedra Vista HS
– 10th round: Trevor Brown, 2B/C, UCLA

A few of the top 2012 picks have already seen time in San Jose. Of course, Mac Williamson and Ty Blach were stars on last year’s Giants team and both should be headed to Double-A Richmond for the start of this season. Trevor Brown joined San Jose from Augusta last August and after initially struggling, led the Giants in batting average during the playoffs (.345). Drafted as a catcher, Brown saw considerably more action at second base last year. Brown is expected to return to San Jose this season and play a major role on the club.

2012 first round draft pick Chris Stratton could land in San Jose this season (photo courtesy MiLB.com)

2012 first round draft pick Chris Stratton could land in San Jose this season (photo courtesy MiLB.com)

As it relates to the possible composition of the 2014 Giants roster, Chris Stratton and Martin Agosta figure to be the headline names from the 2012 draft class. Stratton was San Francisco’s first round draft pick a year and a half ago after winning the SEC Pitcher of the Year award at Mississippi State. The right-hander spent all of last season in the Augusta rotation where he fashioned a 9-3 record and a 3.27 ERA in 22 starts. Stratton was second on the GreenJackets staff in innings pitched (132) and strikeouts (123). The 23-year old is considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Giants system (Baseball America rated him #3 entering 2014 – behind only Kyle Crick and Edwin Escobar) and could be one of the anchors of San Jose’s starting rotation this season. Stratton reportedly features an 89-to-95 MPH fastball with a plus-slider and an improving curve and change-up.

Agosta, who will turn 23 in April, actually outpitched Stratton in Augusta last season, when he was healthy. Agosta logged a 9-3 record with a sparkling 2.06 ERA in 18 starts for the GreenJackets. He also averaged well over a strikeout per inning (109 SO in 91 2/3 IP) while the opposition hit at just a .180 clip against him. Agosta was limited to just four starts after July 5 due to a pair of stints on the disabled list (a blister issue and then suffered from some arm fatigue). Agosta was a starting pitcher in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game last year and along with Stratton, could form a lethal 1-2 punch in the San Jose rotation in 2014.

In addition to Brown, Stratton and Agosta, the most likely players from the top of the 2012 draft class to start the year in San Jose are relievers Steven Okert and Stephen Johnson. Okert was a solid contributor out of the Augusta bullpen last season compiling a 2.97 ERA in 44 games with 59 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings. Okert is expected to be one of the top left-handed arms in the Giants ‘pen this spring. He held left-handed batters to a .189 batting average and just one extra-base hit last year. Meanwhile, Johnson features an electric mid 90’s fastball and should join Okert as a reliable late-inning reliever in San Jose. Last season, Johnson possessed a 3.61 ERA and eight saves in 45 games with the Volcanoes. Johnson was at his best late in the year with no runs allowed over his last 15 appearances (19 innings).

Finally, Kurrasch pitched as a starter in both Salem-Keizer (5.03 ERA in 34 IP) and Augusta (1.78 ERA in 25 IP) last season with mixed results. Encinosa (3.12 ERA, .143 opponents average) was tough to hit in the Volcanoes bullpen a year ago and is probably headed to Augusta. McCall, the only high school player taken in the first 10 rounds by the SF Giants in 2012, hit .235 with four home runs in Salem-Keizer and is likely at least a year away from reaching the California League.

Projecting the 2014 Roster – Who makes the jump from Short-Season ball?

By Joe Ritzo

San_Jose_Giants157The bulk of the players on the 2014 opening day roster will have spent last season with Class-A Augusta and/or in San Jose. Recently, I took a look at some of the most likely candidates from the 2013 Giants squad to return to the California League this year.

However, every season there always seem to be a small handful of players that skip straight over Augusta and arrive in San Jose directly from the Short-Season level. Mac Williamson, for example, did it last year and turned in one of the finest offensive seasons in San Jose Giants history.

So, who might those players be in 2014? Here are five prospects that were in Salem-Keizer at the end of last regular season who could jump all the way to the Giants in April:

Tyler Horan, OF

If Horan makes the jump to San Jose this spring, it would be unrealistic to expect him to duplicate the production seen from Williamson. However, there are some interesting comparisons between the two. Both are big, strong corner outfield prospects who played collegiate baseball in the ACC (Horan, who is listed at 6’2″, 232 lbs., went to Virginia Tech). Like Williamson, Horan isn’t particularly young (was on the VT team for four seasons) having turned 23 last month. As for the numbers, Horan wasn’t quite as impressive as Williamson in the Northwest League, but with a lack of outfield prospects in Augusta last season, a chance to make the San Jose roster coming out of spring seems possible.

Horan, an eighth round draft pick in 2013, hit a solid .295 in 44 games with the Volcanoes last summer. He also contributed 11 doubles, three triples, four home runs and stole four bases. After a slow start upon joining the club, Horan finished strong hitting an impressive .319 in August. Additionally, all four of his home runs were hit after August 1. Horan was primarily a left fielder in college, but split time between left and right with Salem-Keizer last season. He led his Virginia Tech team in batting average (.342), doubles (26) and home runs (11) as a redshirt junior last spring. With all of the top power hitters from last year’s Augusta team right-handed, Horan would be a much-needed left-handed power bat in the middle of San Jose’s lineup this season if he proves he’s ready for the jump.

Brian Ragira, OF/1B
With the lack of big-name prospects in last season’s Augusta outfield, Ragira, like Horan, figures to be a candidate for a promotion to San Jose coming out of spring training. Ragira has a Bay Area connection having played collegiately at Stanford before his selection in the fourth round of last June’s draft. The 2011 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Ragira had a stellar three-year college career. He led Stanford in home runs (8) and RBI’s (42) last spring to go with a .320 batting average playing exclusively first base. He then began his stint with Salem-Keizer last summer as a first baseman before shifting to mainly corner outfield in late-July. In 47 games with the Volcanoes, Ragira finished with a .263 batting average, 12 doubles, three homers and 36 RBI’s. He ended the season second on the club in RBI’s and third in doubles. Ragira also proved he could draw a walk taking 26 free passes to result in a .371 on-base percentage.

Ragira was the first collegiate position player taken by San Francisco in last year’s draft (with Horan not far behind). The organization has shown a tendency in recent years to challenge some of their recent high draftees from the college position player ranks with an assignment to San Jose for their first full professional season. If he ends up in San Jose, Ragira could provide nice versatility as someone who plays left, right and first base.

Jeremy Sy, SS
Arguably Salem-Keizer’s top all-around hitter last season, Sy could be given consideration for a jump to the California League this spring. Sy, a shortstop, was a 12th round pick in the 2012 draft out of Louisiana-Monroe, where he was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year as a senior. He didn’t make his professional debut until last summer due to injury, but impressed offensively with the Volcanoes. Sy led Salem-Keizer in home runs (8) and RBI’s (41) last year while also producing a .294 batting average, 12 doubles and 13 stolen bases. Sy is already 24 and with last year’s first round draft pick Christian Arroyo likely headed to Augusta, where he’d play shortstop everyday, San Jose could provide an opportunity for Sy to see regular playing time. Furthermore, if Matt Duffy is elevated to Richmond to begin this season, that would further enhance Sy’s chances for a promotion to the California League.

Nick Vander Tuig, RHP
A standout starting pitcher on last year’s national championship UCLA team, Vander Tuig was chosen in the sixth round of the 2013 draft by the San Francisco Giants. With the Bruins last spring, Vander Tuig logged a stellar 14-4 record and a 2.16 ERA in 19 starts. The right-hander isn’t particularly overpowering, but showcased outstanding control with only 18 walks in 129 innings (he struck out 93). With his heavy workload in college, Vander Tuig was understandably fatigued last summer and was limited to just three starts with Salem-Keizer (allowed 10 runs in 6 2/3 innings overall before he was shutdown). The Augusta rotation was loaded last season, but given San Jose has often used a six-man starting staff, there should be room for a starter or two from last year’s Salem-Keizer squad to earn a spot in the Cal League.

Of note, while Vander Tuig didn’t pitch at Municipal Stadium last season and thus may not be a familiar name to San Jose fans, he does have prior California League experience. The 22-year old helped out a short-handed Giants staff last July making a spot-start in a game in Lancaster. He lasted 2 1/3 innings before reaching his pitch count limit and was promptly sent to Salem-Keizer after the game.

Pat Young, RHP

Young will be looking to return to San Jose this spring after joining the club from Salem-Keizer during the playoffs last year. A 13th round draft pick last June out of Villanova, Young earned himself a promotion to the Giants last September after a dominant stint in the Northwest League. In eight starts with the Volcanoes, Young fashioned a spectacular 0.92 ERA yielding just four earned runs in 39 1/3 innings. He walked nine and struck out 27 while holding the opposition to a .186 batting average.

An imposing presence on the mound (6’7″, 220 lbs.), Young was thrust into the spotlight with San Jose as the right-hander was given the ball to start the decisive North Division Series Game 5 against Visalia. Armed with a low-to-mid 90’s fastball, Young handled himself fairly well in the high-pressure start as he struck out seven batters in just 3 2/3 innings while scattering nine hits with two earned runs allowed. Given his dominant work in Salem-Keizer and cup of coffee with San Jose last September, Young figures to be competing for a spot in the Giants rotation this spring.

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