Stratton debuts in Richmond, Gardeck hits 100

A day after making a cross-country trip to join his new ball club, San Francisco Giants No. 9 prospect Chris Stratton threw 89 pitches in five innings for the Richmond Flying Squirrels while making his debut at the Double-A level. Stratton allowed one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out three.

The game turned out to be quite weird after Stratton departed for Carlos Alvarado's Flying Squirrels debut in the sixth. Position players pitched the final two frames for Richmond — the 12th and 13th, with infielder Skyler Stromsmoe and center fielder Ryan Lollis combining to complete both innings. The duo allowed just one hit (a grand-slam) over two innings, but walked four and plunked two others. Six runs total scored against the non-pitchers. Both Stromsmoe and Lollis threw more balls than strikes.

Matt Duffy's 24th double of the season was among two hits in five plate appearances for the Eastern League's current batting leader. Alvarado, who was just transferred two levels up from Augusta to Richmond, made a smooth debut, allowing just a single hit in two innings. The right-hander was spectacular in the GreenJackets' bullpen, posting a 2.03 ERA in 62 innings.

One more important note from Richmond: hard-throwing right-hander Hunter Strickland pitched in consecutive games for the first time since returning from Tommy John surgery. He gave up a hit and struck one batter out while topping out at 98 miles per hour.

San Jose Giants: Martin Agosta returned to the San Jose Giants rotation, pitching 4.1 innings with four earned runs, four walks, and five strikeouts. He spent more than two months rehabbing in Arizona before his return to his home state of California. 

The most intriguing part of this 8-4 win for the Giants was reliever Ian Gardeck, who touched 100 according to Joe Ritzo. Gardeck, 23, spent a significant amount of time in Salem-Keizer on a rehab assignment, but returned to San Jose with a fury. 

Mitch Delfino and Shawn Payne had nice nights at the plate, each recording three hits. Delfino had two doubles while Payne had a double and a triple.

AZL Giants: More to come from this game later, but for now, here's an inside look into the Giants' most intriguing prospect — Cuban center fielder Daniel Carbonell. In two games I've watched, Carbonell clearly shows a hit tool (from the right side only) that could push the 23-year-old quickly through San Francisco's system. His bat speed is quick and has a good amount of power behind it. I didn't get video Tuesday, but he hammered a double over the center fielder's head, one-hopping the fence at the 402-foot mark. His speed is a plus skill, as well, and his arm is rumored to be above-average, too, though I haven't seen it yet. His third at-bat in the below video was a ball smoked at the left-fielder, who had to leap and make a remarkable catch to avoid it getting by him. It would have surely led to a double or triple, likely reaching the wall on one or two bounces. Carbonell went 2-for-7 with a strikeout in a 13-inning contest.

Tonight, Giants 2014 first-rounder Tyler Beede will make his organizational debut. More on that here.

Top-20 Prospect Roundup

  1. Kyle Crick: DNP
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Andrew Susac: 1-for-4, RBI, 2 SO
  4. Adalberto Mejia: DNP
  5. Keury Mella: DNP
  6. Ty Blach: DNP
  7. Clayton Blackburn: DNP
  8. Joe Panik: 1-for-4, RBI, R, BB, SO
  9. Chris Stratton: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR
  10. Aramis Garcia: 1-for-6, 2B, RBI, BB, SO
  11. Steven Okert: DNP
  12. Luis Ysla: DNP
  13. Christian Arroyo: 0-for-4, BB, 3 SO
  14. Ryder Jones: 0-for-5, 2 SO
  15. Mac Williamson: Out for season
  16. Derek Law: Out for season
  17. Kendry Flores: DNP
  18. Matt Duffy: 2-for-5, 2B, BB
  19. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  20. Mike Kickham: DNP