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Fixing The Franchise: The San Francisco Giants – May 2019

We are back to chronicle another month of baseball for the 2019 San Francisco Giants. If you want to catch up on the season so far, click the links below:

Spring Training 2019
Opening Day 2019
April 2019

May Results

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MLB

After a 3-5 start to the month, the Giants were able to sweep the Reds to bring their record to 6-5 for May. The series finale on May 12th was capped by a walk-off single by Pablo Sandoval for a 5-4 victory and series sweep.

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The Giants ended the month with a 12-15 record, this was an improvement over the previous month – but still not great. The Giants are now 21-36 on the season and 15.5 games back of the Dodgers in the N.L. West. As far as records go, the Giants are now the 3rd worst team in all of baseball – ahead of the Orioles and the Tigers.

AAA

The River Cats struggled this month – producing a 10-20 record in April. They have fallen to dead last in the PCL Pacific North Division – 3 games behind the Rainiers.

AA

The Flying Squirrels were 15-14 through the month of April – bringing them to a 30-23 record on the season. They currently sit in second the the EL Western Division – 1 game back of the Eerie Seawolves.

Hot and Cold

MLB

Hot

NamePos.Stats
Josh Bell1B.311 AVG, 12 HR, 34 RBI*

*Season stats

Josh Bell is a solid player and he is having a great season so far. I need to make sure that I can keep him happy so he is willing to stick around for this rebuild. As long as I can keep his morale up we should be good for a few years. Bell is making a case to be my only All-Star this season.

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Cold

NamePos.Stats
Williams JerezRP8.13 ERA, 21 BB, 27.2 IP*

*Season stats

Williams Jerez was designated for assignment after another poor month.

AAA

Hot

NamePos.Stats
Sean HjelleSP3.09 ERA, 28 K, 32 IP
Heliot RamosCF.294 AVG, 85 AB, 10 RBI

After a terrible first month to the year, Sean Hjelle was able to bounce back with a solid May. Heliot Ramos is starting to heat up as well, which is what I expect from one of the top prospects in the organization.

Cold

NamePos.Stats
Jake WongSP4.60 ERA, 14 BB, 31.1 IP
Ryder Jones3B.158 AVG, 57 AB

Jake Wong looked very below average on the mound in May. I was hopeful that he would be able to pitch for the Giants by the end of the season – but now I am not so sure. Ryder Jones struggled at the plate and may be destined to be a career minor-leaguer.

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AA

Hot

NamePos.Stats
Ray BlackRP3.38 ERA, 9K, 8 IP

Ray Black has been talked about as a top prospect for the Giants for a long time – and at 28 years old he is finally starting to perform.

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Cold

NamePos.Stats
Seth ElledgeCP5.95 ERA, 16.2 IP

Not much to say here – this was a bad month for Seth Elledge from the bullpen.

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Roster Moves/Injuries

  • Ronnie Jebavy (AAA) sprained his ACL and missed two weeks.
  • Logan Wyatt (AA) pulled his hamstring and missed a few weeks.
  • Dereck Rodriguez returned from the Injured List on May 30th. James Shields was struggling on the mound – with a 1-8 record and 5.64 ERA. I decided to check the market and see what kind of return I could get for him before releasing him. Nobody seemed interested, so I designated Shields for assignment.
  • Travis Bergen was called up from AAA to take the spot of Williams Jerez, who was also designated for assignment.
  • Conner Menez was sent up to AAA after posting a 1.77 ERA in 40.2 IP at AA.
  • Jackson Rutledge was sent up to AA.

Prospects

As we enter the month of June, things have changed in the Top 50 Prospects list. Here is where things stand:

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Some players within the organization found themselves at new spots on the MLB Top 50 Prospects list. Here is where I would rank the prospects within our system after a month of baseball:

Org. RankMLB RankPlayerAgePos.Pot.Ovr.Level
#1#9Royce Lewis19SSA66AAA
#2#35Joey Bart22CA66AAA
#3#40Ke’Bryan Hayes223BA68AAA
#4#41Alexander Palma22RFA65AAA
#5NRHeliot Ramos19CFA63AAA
#6NRHunter Bishop20CFA61AA
#7NRLogan Davidson21SSB64AAA
#8NRShea Langeliers21CB66AA
#9NRTrevor Stephan22SPB62AA
#10NRJake Wong22SPB66AAA

Coming Up

I will breakdown all of the prospects that the Giants are looking at in the 2019 First Year Player Draft.

– Buzz

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