San Francisco Giants Minor League Notes

Today would be a great day to promote left-handed starter Eric Surkamp to AA Richmond.  It’s his 23rd birthday today (Happy Birthday, Eric!), and he’s ready to pitch at the AA level.

After 16 starts and 99 IP at Class A+ San Jose, Surkamp has a 3.18 ERA with 78 hits, six HRs and 21 walks allowed and 106 Ks. I don’t think he has much left to prove at this level.

Coming off the All-Star Break 22 1Bman Brandon Belt continues his torrid hitting at AA Richmond.  He went 3-for-4 yesterday with a triple and a HR.   After ten games for the Flying Squirrels, he’s hitting .410 with five HRs (half his total at A+ San Jose) and a whopping 1.337 OPS.

It’s still too early to promote Belt to AAA Fresno, but if he’s still hitting this way after another ten games at Richmond, the Giants should seriously consider it.

The guy who looks to me like the Giants’ top prospect at Class A Augusta, 20 year old right-handed starter Jorge Bucardo, has slumped the last two weeks.  His ERA has risen to 2.38, although he allowed only one run in seven innings pitched on Wednesday, July 14th.

The Giants should seriously consider reducing his work load going forward this season.  Bucardo is listed at 6’1″ and a scrawny 155 lbs, and he’s already pitched 106 innings this year, which is already considerably more than the 51.1 IP to 81.2 IP he’s pitched the last three seasons in the low minors.  Bucardo had four consecutive mediocre outings right about the time he reached the 81.2 IP he pitched last season.

There’s no reason for the Giants to kill the golden goose when he’s only 20 years old and pitching in a low, full-season Class A league.  He’s already done enough this year, that if the Giants shut him down completely right now, he’d still be ready for a promotion to Class A+ San Jose in 2011.

On the other hand, the next best looking young arm at Class A Augusta, Jose Casilla, looks like he’s ready for a promotion to San Jose right now.  After 30 appearances and 37.1 IP, he has an 0.96 ERA and fine ratios.  Little reason not to promote him know and find out what he can do against the next level of competition.

In a final note, San Jose Giant Charlie Culberson is finally starting to look like the prospect the Giants were hoping for when they made him the 51st player selected in the 2007 Draft.  Aside from hitting .321, he’s hit three HRs in his last four games and now has 13 dingers on the season, to go with 26 doubles and four triples.

Culberson also has 16 stolen bases in 21 attempts.  He still isn’t patient enough (19 walks in 340 at-bats), but at age 21 this year, he’s really starting to look like a Grade-A prospect.

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2 Comments on “San Francisco Giants Minor League Notes”

  1. shlepcar Says:

    Oh my GOD!!!!!!

    Somebody, anybody, has got to get FP Santangelo to SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He is torturous on the TV. Jon Miller- a HALL OF FAMER- can’t get a word in edgewise because SANTANGELO won’t shut up. It’s like an annoying, bitchy girlfriend that just won’t shut up. He is horrible. I honestly can’t watch the game.

    The producer should be fired. Reel him in. Good god. I’m watching something else.

    FP is the worst I’ve ever heard.

  2. Mary Says:

    Having been left handed all my life as well, I have always been a fan of Eric’s so was glad to see your post. Happy Birthday Eric.


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