San Francisco Giants Minor League Update: San Jose Giants

The Class A+ San Jose Giants are currently 34-30, but they don’t have a lot of players really standing out.

The only regular player with an OPS over .800 currently is outfielder Jarrett Parker, the Giants 2nd round pick in 2010 (74th overall).  This is his second year at A+ San Jose, and his 2012 season looks a lot like his 2011 season.

Parker got off to a terrible start this year, at least in terms of his batting average, but he’s hit .412 over his last ten games to bring his season average up to .257 and his OPS up to .835.  His .385 OBP is currently 10th best in the California League.

Parker has a great deal of physical talent, but he strikes out too much (77 times in 171 ABs this year, and 144 times in 486 ABs last year).  He is 23 this year and clearly needs more time in San Jose before he’ll be ready for a promotion to AA Richmond.

23 year old 3Bman Adam Duvall is 10th in the California League with 11 HRs, but his OPS is an unspectacular .782.  He had a fine year at Class A Augusta last year, slugging 22 big flies and posting a .912 OPS.  He was an 11th round draft pick in 2010, so he’s exceeded expectations so far in his professional career, although he also looks like a he’ll need a full year at San Jose before he’s ready to move up.

Last year’s 3rd round pick (116th overall) Ricky Oropesa currently has a .786 OPS, which isn’t bad for his first couple of months of professional baseball.  However, he’s a 1Bman, so he’s going to have to hit more if he wants to make the majors.  He’s currently 22 years old.

Last year’s 2nd round pick (82nd overall) catcher Andrew Susac is batting only .243 but has a .725 OPS, which is pretty good for a catcher in his first couple of months of professional baseball.

Middle infielders Joe Panik (1st round 2011, 29th overall) and Carter Jurica (3rd round 2010, 105th overall) aren’t hitting for average or power (.695 and .671 OPS respectively), but they are getting on base (.336 and .333 OBP respectively) well enough for middle infielders.  Panik has been playing SS this year, and Jurica 2B, which likely means Panik plays better defense.

Jurica hurt his knee on June 6th and is expected to be out for at least three weeks, but to the Giants’ relief, he apparently did not tear his ACL.  Jurica’s injury means more playing time for Bobby Haney and Ydwin Villegas.  Haney, who’s 23, is currently hitting .385 with a .931 OPS, but in only 52 ABs.  Villegas, who’s only 21 this year, is currently hitting .150 and hit less that .200 each of the last two seasons.

The San Jose Giants’ top starter so far this year is 24 year old lefty Jack Snodgrass.  He’s currently 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA and line of 71.2 IP, 64 hits and 19 walks allowed and 50 Ks.

Snodgrass has over-performed for a 27th round pick out of college, but you’d like to see a higher strikeout rate at this level.  Even so, among San Jose’s starters only righty Taylor Rodgers has a slightly higher strikeout rate, but he’s a year older than Snodgrass and his ERA is almost two full runs higher.

Among the SJ Giants’ relievers, 23 year old Jose Valdez has been the most effective so far, with a 2.97 ERA and 39 Ks and only 10 walks in 30.1 IP.

The Giants 4th round pick in 2010 (138th overall) righty Seth Rosin got off to a great start this year as San Jose’s closer, but has allowed 12 earned runs in his last 10 appearances, jumping his ERA up to 5.54.  However, he still has 34 Ks in 26 IP this season.

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