All stats are from the period between October 24 and November 3.
Last week, something sorta big happened. Please forgive the long layoff between these posts. The magnitude of a Giants World Series sweep delayed us, but only a bit.
Let’s get started with what the Giants are doing in the Dominican League.
|Edward Concepcion||RHP||DWL||Cibao||San Jose (A+)||FA 06|
|Adalberto Mejia||LHP||DWL||Cibao||Augusta (A-)||FA 11|
|Luis Rojas||RHP||DWL||Cibao||San Jose/AZL (rookie)||Rule V 11|
|Francisco Peguero||OF||DWL||Cibao||Fresno (AAA)/San Francisco||FA 06|
|Rafael Rodriguez||OF||DWL||Cibao||Salem-Keizer (short-season)||FA 09|
|Justin Fitzgerald||RHP||DWL||Escogido||Richmond (AA)||08 (11th round)|
|Kelvin Marte||LHP||DWL||Escogido||San Jose/AZL||FA 07|
|Wilmin Rodriguez||LHP||DWL||Escogido||Fresno (AAA)||FA 04|
|Roger Kieschnick||OF||DWL||Escogido||Fresno/AZL||FA 08|
|Todd Linden||OF||DWL||Estrellas||Fresno||FA 12|
|Angel Villalona||1B||DWL||Este||Dominican Summer League (rookie)||FA 06|
Todd Linden had a hot week at the end of October with four hits in 10 at-bats but cooled off going into November with a 1-for-12. Linden had a double against Escogido October 27 and hit two home runs against Cibao October 29. He’s still striking out a lot with 11 whiffs over his last 25 at-bats.
Edward Concepcion hasn’t played since the rough outing he had October 21 where he allowed two runs in one inning against Estrellas.
Justin Fitzgerald was lit up in his second start October 27 against Estrellas. He didn’t make it past the first inning, allowing four runs and five hits. He rebounded with a strong outing October 31 with five shutout innings and four strikeouts to earn his first win of the winter season. He blanked Aguilas, which helped balance his ERA a bit; it stands at 5.40 over three starts so far.
Kelvin Marte has looked good in relief, pitching briefly over two appearances out of the bullpen. He hasn’t allowed a run nor a hit over one inning split between two games. Marte didn’t pitch for almost two weeks after his disastrous October 14 outing where he allowed a run without even recording an out. He posted back-to-back scoreless appearances on the road November 2 and 3.
Wilmin Rodriguez was touched up for a run against Estrellas October 27 but came back strong with a brief scoreless appearance the next night, pitching at home against Escogido’s archrival Licey. The big lefty earned the save with 1/3 scoreless innings, his first save of the season and first since 2009, when he last pitched in San Jose.
Roger Kieschnick reeled off a six-game hitting streak, during which he scored four runs and hit two home runs. Kieschnick has 14 RBIs this winter; 13 have come since October 21. He started November a bit cold at 1-for-12 but has two walks over his last two games. All of his games have been in right field so far.
Angel Villalona hasn’t played a lot, with only three at-bats and one hit since the last update. He did have a walk October 28 against Estrellas. It’s disappointing that Villalona has appeared in all games either as a designated hitter or pinch hitter.
Adalberto Mejia, Luis Rojas, and Rafael Rodriguez have yet to play. It’s the same story for Francisco Peguero, who was last seen on Halloween in San Francisco at the World Series parade. I asked him via Facebook if he’s heading to the DR. I await his response.
|Jose Flores||IF||VWL||Zulia||Richmond/Augusta||FA 03|
|Boof Bonser||RHP||VWL||Margarita||Fresno/AZL||FA 11|
|Mitch Lively||RHP||VWL||Margarita||Fresno||FA 08|
|Yusmeiro Petit||RHP||VWL||Margarita||Fresno/San Francisco||FA 11|
|Edwin Escobar||LHP||VWL||Lara||Augusta||Trade 10|
|Leo Rojas||C||VWL||Anzoategui||AZL||12 (15th round)|
|Daniel Mayora||C||VWL||Caracas||Richmond||FA 12|
|Jesus Galindo||OF||VWL||Caracas||Augusta||FA 09|
|Ehire Adrianza||SS||VWL||La Guaira||Richmond||FA 06|
Over in the Venezuelan league, Jose Flores sat for about 10 days and returned to action October 31. Since then has played in only two games and doesn’t have a hit. Despite the layoff and the cold bat, Flores is hitting .333 for Zulia.
Boof Bonser went biff October 25 when he allowed two runs (one earned) over 4 2/3 innings for a loss against Lara but came back strong with six scoreless innings against the Cardinales a week later on November 1. Bonser had five strikeouts and a walk in the no-decision. He’s pitched 17 innings over his four starts so far.
Mitch Lively allowed a run October 27 against Zulia and another run November 3 against Azoategui, which resulted in a loss. Aside from those rough spots, Lively has been very effective out of the Bravos bullpen, with 3 1/3 strong innings with the two runs allowed since our last update. The loss was Lively’s first decision of the season.
Daniel Mayora is almost nuclear, hitting .393 since our last update (11-for-28) with a home run, two doubles, and eight RBIs. He has five walks and four strikeouts with seven runs scored. He’s currently on a six game hitting streak with three of those games multi-hit contests. Mayora is too old to be considered a prospect at 27, but could be a decent tool for the Giants to have at third base in case Pablo Sandoval goes down again, a la a Joaquin Arias, but with more power.
Oh, Ehire Adrianza. The good news: he has eight hits over his last 10 games. The bad news, that was in 39 at-bats. He did have three doubles over two games at the end of October and he drove in three runs over his last 10 games as well. He’s still walking at a good pace with six walks to nine strikeouts since October 24–overall he’s at 11 walks to 13 strikeouts. He’s splitting time between shortstop and second base, sometimes quite literally. He went about a week where he played both second and short every game.
Jesus Galindo, Yusmeiro Petit, and Edwin Escobar have yet to play this winter.
|Cameron Lamb||RHP||ABL||Perth||Salem-Keizer||FA 08|
The Australian Baseball League kicked off November 1. Just one Giants player is there this time around: Cameron Lamb. A young right-hander who has toiled in the lower levels of the Giants system since 2007, Lamb is in his third year pitching for his hometown club of Perth. He’s been limited to the rookie leagues for the Giants, with his highest innings total 74 1/3 in 2011 with Salem-Keizer. Unfortunately his ERA has been way high with the Volcanoes, save for an effective turn there this summer: 2.42 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.
Lamb pitched one scoreless inning with one hit allowed November 3 against Adelaide. He’s pitched a total of 42 innings over his two previous winters in the Australian League, all in relief.
I swear I remember seeing Alex Burg him on the Perth roster, and he played there the last few seasons. He’s no longer listed on the roster.
The Arizona Fall League had its annual Rising Stars Game this week, which is their version of the All-Star Game. Some key guys for the Giants made the East roster: Gary Brown, Ricky Oropesa, and Heath Hembree.
It sounds odd to refer to the Giants as any part of the East, doesn’t it? That pesky West Coast Bias.
|Jake Dunnington||RHP||AFL||Scottsdale||Richmond||FA 09|
|Chris Gloor||LHP||AFL||Scottsdale||Richmond||09 (17th round)|
|Heath Hembree||RHP||AFL||Scottsdale||Fresno||10 (5th round)|
|Dan Runzler||LHP||AFL||Scottsdale||Fresno/San Jose/San Francisco||07 (9th round)|
|Chris Dominguez||IF/OF||AFL||Scottsdale||Richmond/Fresno||09 (3rd round)|
|Ricky Oropesa||1B||AFL||Scottsdale||San Jose||11 (3rd round)|
|Joe Panik||SS||AFL||Scottsdale||San Jose||11 (1st round)|
|Gary Brown||OF||AFL||Scottsdale||Richmond||10 (1st round)|
Jake Dunnington was roughed up in three relief appearances, allowing four runs over 3 1/3 innings, including a loss October 26 against Mesa. The bad games ruined Dunnington’s ERA, pushing it to 4.91 on the year. Prior to the rough spot, he hadn’t allowed a run.
Chris Gloor had two starts, one good and one bad, since our last update. October 26 was a no-decision where he allowed one run in five innings. He took the loss November 1 against Surprise when he allowed three runs in four innings. He’s had some control issues over his last two starts, with four walks in nine innings.
Heath Hembree finished the Rising Stars Game for the East stars with 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up one walk and striking out one batter. He entered a jam with two runners on and quashed the threat by pitching brilliantly. Hembree wasn’t as brilliant during his usual assignment for the Scorpions, allowing three runs over three innings, including a home run October 25 against Surprise. He has three strikeouts and two walks.
Dan Runzler was tripped up by Phoenix October 31 when he allowed a run and two hits. Was solid before that with one scoreless inning in each of his two games.
Chris Dominguez has carried his seven game hitting streak through to November, including a three-hit game October 31 against Phoenix. He’s hit two home runs and driven in five runs since our last update. Unfortunately he also has eight strikeouts.
Ricky Oropesa is hitting .188 this fall and went 0-for-10 with four strikeouts since the last update. Thankfully he was clutch in the Rising Stars Game, with an RBI knock for the winning club.
Joe Panik has four hits over his last five games since the last update, including a home run November 2 against Salt River. He’s also walking very well with eight walks to three strikeouts so far in the AFL.
Gary Brown is hitting well above .300 on the year for the Scorpions and earned the nod as the starting CF for the East All Stars. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a strikeout. During the regular AFL season, he’s hit safely over his last three games and has five knocks in his last two games. He’s also scored four runs.
Don’t forget that the Puerto Rican league starts October 8, so any and all Giants playing in that league will be included in the next update. The rosters aren’t yet complete, but so far I’ve only seen one Giant listed: catcher Johnny Monell.
I checked the Nicaraguan League and I see Wilber Bucardo pitching for Leon. Apparently he’s doing well; there was an article on the website that said he won a game and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. However the article was undated and I can’t find any stats for him.
Here’s the weird thing: Wilber didn’t pitch this year for the Giants. He missed the entire 2010 year and made only two appearances in 2011. His little brother Jorge threw 11 innings in Salem-Keizer in 2012. Jorge is listed as Leon’s bullpen coach on the Nicaraguan League team page for the Leones. It’s been so long since either Bucardo brother has been anything close to a prospect, but if Wilber is healthy that’s a good sign. It’s similarly a bad sign if Jorge isn’t throwing this winter.
I also hit the league up via Facebook and asked for more info on either of the Bucardos. If I hear anything I’ll start including them in these digests.
See you next week!