Giants Winter Ball Weekly Recap

Brown and Panik's AFL woes continue. Crawford back to the bench. Giants AFL pitchers looking strong. Belt off to a solid start in the Dominican. Adrianza heating up in Venezuela. Click through for the latest news and analysis on Giants prospects playing in the winter leagues.


What's up with Gary Brown?

Gary Brown had another tough game on Friday, going 1-for-5 against the Saguaros. Gary's one hit was a soft infield single, and he also struck out once. He did have a couple of line drives that where caught, however, so perhaps Gary is close to breaking out of his AFL-long slump.

Brown is now hitting an even .200 (9-for-45) for the season, with six runs scored, two doubles, a triple and four RBI in nine games. The top prospect in the Giants farm system has just one walk while striking out nine times. Gary has not given himself many opportunities to run the bases, and the Scorpions have not proved to be a running team overall, but Brown has managed two stolen bases in three attempts.

Thus far, the 23-year-old Brown has done little to increase his likelihood of making a substantial jump within the organization come 2012. However, Brown did clock an impressive 3.96 from home to first earlier in the year. Anything under 4 seconds for a right-handed hitter is considered excellent.

The speedy center fielder has also continued to display great range and skill in the outfield. Speed and defense, of course, translate at any level.


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Joe Panik also played on Friday, and also went 1-for-5. Joe's average for the year is now .211 (8-for-38) with zero extra base hits and only two RBI. Drafted as a shortstop, many think Joe is better suited for second base in the big leagues. The top draft pick for the Giants in 2011 has played second base exclusively thus far in the AFL.

Brandon Crawford had the day off on Friday after playing on Thursday for the first time this week. Crawford is presumably still recovering from the tight hamstring that had him out since last Saturday. Brandon has had a very nice showing in the AFL so far, batting .345 (10-for-29) with a double, two triples, two walks and three RBI. In seven games Brandon has an OPS of .904. After finishing strong with the big club in 2011, the young shortstop's fortunes may be looking bright for 2012.

Daryl Maday has started three games so far for the Scorpions. Daryl has had one good game, one bad game and one decent game. Overall, the 26-year-old right-hander is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA. In 11 innings pitched, Daryl has allowed eight hits, six runs, five walks and has struck out 11. Despite the 1-2 record, AFL batters are hitting just .195 against him.

Stephen Harrold has pitched very well this fall. In five relief appearances, Harrold is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.45. The 22-year-old from Raleigh, NC has pitched 7.1 innings, allowing only three hits and two runs. Harrold has struck out seven, just about one per inning, and walked four. Opposing batters are hitting a paltry .136 against Stephen, who started 2011 in single-A Augusta before being called up to high-A San Jose.

Austin Fleet has been outstanding for the Scorpions in his four relief appearances. Fleet is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA, having pitched seven innings while allowing just five hits and one run -- the one run coming on a solo home run. Austin has struck out six batters while walking only one. Opposing batters have managed a mere .208 average against the right-hander. Fleet began 2011 in the Arizona Rookie League, and finished it with double-A Richmond. The 24-year-old seems poised to begin 2012 again in Richmond, and if he keeps pitching the way he has been, he could find himself in Fresno -- or perhaps even the big club -- by season's end.

Seth Rosin has only appeared in three games this fall, all three relief appearances. The 6'5" right-hander has yet to record a decision, posting a 3.00 ERA. Seth has allowed three hits, one run, two walks, while striking out two and allowing a batting average against of .167.


Strong performances in the Dominican

Brandon Belt had a nice game on Friday night for the Leones del Escogido, going 2-for-3 with a double. The big lefty has played well so far this winter, batting .286 (6-for-21) with four runs, a double, a home run, two RBI, three walks and six strikeouts while appearing in six games. Brandon has been playing mostly in the outfield for the Leones (both left and right field), with very little time at his more natural first base. It seems clear that, if Belt is to make the starting lineup for the Giants on opening day, it is going to be as an outfielder.

Francisco Peguero, the every day center fielder for the Gigantes del Cibao, went 2-for-4 on Friday with a run, a RBI and his first home run of the winter campaign. After six games, Peguero is hitting .280 (7-for-25) with two runs, a double, a home run and two RBI. Known as a good, aggressive hitter that doesn't draw many walks, Peguero has walked twice so far and struck out four times, while going 0-for-1 in stolen base attempts. After an excellent 2011 campaign with double-A Richmond in which he hit .309, the 23-year-old outfielder will more than likely begin 2012 with Fresno.


Holding pattern in the Mexican Pacific

Tyler Graham went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts on Friday for the Tomateros de Culiacan, lowering his average to .225 (9-for-40) on the season. In nine games, Tyler has just one extra base hit, a triple and two RBI on the season. The 27-year-old has walked twice and struck out ten times. The outfielder proved to be a great base stealer with Fresno in 2011, swiping 60 bases. Graham has stolen two bases in three attempts for the Tomateros.


Sanchez fighting injury in Venezuela?

Hector Sanchez was the designated hitter, batting cleanup for the Tiburones de La Guaira on Friday. However, after only two at bats, in which Hector went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored, he was substituted out of the game. This is a bit concerning, and leads me to speculate that Hector may be battling some type of injury. I will update with more on this as it comes. On the season, the young backstop is now hitting an even .400 (8-for-20) with a double, a home run, three RBI, two walks and five strikeouts.

Ehire Adrianza got his second start in as many days on Friday, only his third start of the season. Going 3-for-5 with four runs and a double, Ehire has started off the winter campaign with a bang. The 22-year-old shortstop is now hitting a gaudy .583 (7-for-12) thus far.


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