San Francisco Giants Minor League Baseball Record, 9/11/22
A fun day on the farm for San Francisco Giants minor league baseball affiliates. Let’s go.
Link to McCovey Chronicles 2022 Community Prospect List (CPL)
All positions listed are positions played in this match.
AAA Sacramento (60-75)
The Sacramento River Cats defeated the Las Vegas Aviators (A’s) 7-6
The score of the box
Center home run for the River Cats, as they went 3 balls over the fence en route to a series finale win. The big hit was a 3-run shot from designated hitter Willie Calhoun, which capped a 5-run 7th inning.
Calhoun also scored a single that day, taking his OPS in Sacramento to .851 and his wRC+ to 115. That’s significantly better than he was with the Texas Rangers AAA affiliate before the trade.
Third baseman José Rojas also homered and walked in his sixth game since the Giants took him off waivers.
After going 0-8 with 2 strikeouts in the 1st pair of games with Sacramento, he’s 7-15 with 2 homers, 2 doubles, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts in 4 games since.
Left fielder Jason Vosler also homered, taking his OPS to 0.770 and his wRC+ to 88.
It will be interesting to see if Vosler can survive the 40-man move this offseason. On the plus side, he’s been excellent in a small sample in the Majors this year, and one of the team’s few left-handed striking options. On the other hand, he’s 29, has all 156 MLB board appearances in his career, and is having a poor season in the minors.
It was a rare day off for RHP Wei-Chieh Huang. Huang had allowed just 2 runs in 7 starts and 28.2 innings since returning from the disabled list, but slipped in this one, allowing 3 runs in 2.1 innings. LHP Joey Marciano had another rough outing as his season continues to deteriorate after a strong start, as he allowed 2 hits and walked 1 in an inning, which resulted in 2 runs (the good news: the points weren’t earned. The bad news: because of a mistake he made).
But a great performance for Thomas Szapucki, who eliminated the 3 batters he faced. He was horrible during his short stint in San Francisco, but has 15 strikeouts on 3 walks in 8.1 innings in Sacramento.
AA Richmond (63-68)
Richmond Flying Squirrels beat Bowie Baysox (Orioles) 9-6
The score of the box
Good days for a pair of infielders eyeing a debut in MLB 2022. Second baseman Will Wilson (#18 CPL), who is finding his groove after spending 2 months on the IL, hit 2 -5 with a home run in the 9th inning.
Wilson, who had recently been promoted to AAA before the injury but is now returning to AA, has .780 OPS and 114 wRC+ … he also has a nice 14.1% walk rate at Richmond.
And third baseman Casey Schmitt (No. 24 CPL) continues to look at home from a recent promotion as he had a 3-hit day, which took his OPS to .951 and his wRC+ to 159. He couldn’t do much better 24 games in his AA career.
Also a 3-hit day for right fielder Jacob Heyward, who also walked one.
There’s a good chance Heyward’s time in the organization is coming to an end, but he’s ending things on a very high note, as he had an OPS of 0.814 in August and an OPS of 1.059 so far. in September.
RHP Keaton Winn made his 5th start since promotion and it was a great outing. He gave up just 3 base runners in 4.1 scoreless innings, while striking out 5 batters. He lowered his ERA to 3.91 and his FIP to 4.25.
RHP Nick Avila struck out 2 in a perfect inning, giving him 25 strikeouts on 5 walks in 24 AA innings.
High-A Eugene (81-48)
Eugene Emeralds defeated the Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays) 9-3
The score of the box
The Emeralds capped a season-ending 6-game streak against Vancouver with a win, giving them a 5-1 series win. And now they’re turning around to start the league championship series… also against Vancouver.
It was a pretty fun offensive game for the Emeralds, who only had 6 hits…but made a staggering 14 walks! Third baseman Damon Dues led the way with the free pass hat trick, while hitting a single and stealing a base… 6 games into his career High-A, hitting 5-11 with 6 walks , 3 strikeouts and 3 stolen bases.
Center fielder Grant McCray (#34 CPL), shortstop Hayden Cantrelle, and first baseman Max Wright all had 1-hit and 2-walk games, with Cantrelle and Wright doubling, and Cantrelle and McCray stealing a base. Cantrelle (.903 OPS, 155 wRC+) and McCray (.810 OPS, 132 wRC+) are doing very well in their stints with Eugene so far.
No notable pitching performance, as RHPs Jake Wong, Abel Adames, and Brett Standlee were all good, but not great.
Low-A San Jose (74-58)
The San Jose Giants lost to the Fresno Grizzlies (Rockies) 12-10
The score of the box
The Baby Giants also finished the regular season against a team they will face in the Championship Series. Although unlike Eugene, San Jose lost that series 4-2.
San Jose dug a hole early in this game as RHP Mikell Manzano gave up 7 innings while failing to get out of the 1st inning. It was only his 2nd appearance in San Jose, after a stellar season in the ACL (and an excellent first Low-A appearance), so certainly not indicative of the 19-year-old’s talent.
But he dug a hole and the next 3 pitchers also struggled. One of those pitchers was RHP Trevor Hildenberger, who has been injured all year – it was only his 2nd appearance after a rehab game in the ACL.
Then the bullpen set in and there were some great performances from RHPs Jose Cruz and Willian Suarez, the former of whom struck out 2 for 1.1 perfect innings, and the latter struck out 2 for 1 perfect innings. .
In attack, the big blow came from shortstop Aeverson Arteaga (No. 12 CPL). Arteaga only hit 1-5, but he homered 3-runs and finished the regular season with a .776 OPS and 101 wRC+.
To have an above-average offensive season, even if only nominally, as an elite defensive 19-year-old shortstop makes for a phenomenal season for Arteaga in my book.
Speaking of phenomenal seasons, left fielder/center fielder Wade Meckler walked 3-4. The July 8th round pick finished his short A-ball season 18-41 with 1 homer, 7 doubles, 9 walks and 8 strikeouts. Exceptional.
AAA Jose Rojas (20)
AAA Jason Vosler (18)
AAA Willie Calhoun (10)
AA Will Wilson (9)
Low-A Aeverson Arteaga (14)
Eugene: vs. Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), 7:35 p.m. PT – Championship Game 1
San Jose: Stopped
Orange ACL: Season
Black ACL: Season
Orange ADSL: Season
ADSL Black: Season