World Series!!!

The Giants won the World Series! The Giants won the World Series!

Yeah I know I’m a bit late on that. But I got two prized additions to my autograph collection that are from players that contributed to the Giants World Series run.

Both of the autographs were one’s I’ve gotten when the two played in San Jose.

The first one was a vital player that was 6th in Rookie of the Year voting and a mainstay at 2nd base for years to come.

Second Basemen Joe Panik

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The other player filled a huge role on the bench and let star Buster Posey rest when necessary.

Catcher Andrew Susac

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I am happy I was fortunate enough to get the 2 World Series Champion’s autographs. I wish them all the best in years to come.

7/8/14 @ Angel Stadium

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This was the 1st MLB game I attended this season. Sadly, I didn’t get any autographs because I was attending this game with this program for high schoolers. Angel Stadium was also the 3rd major league stadium I visited so far with the other 2 being AT&T Park and Oakland Coliseum. 

The 1st pitch started at 7:30 and it was a pitching battle between Blue Jays pitcher R.A Dickey versus Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. The Blue Jays scored their first run in the 5th and proceeded to win the game 4-0. 

I liked the vibe of Angel Stadium a lot especially with the fountain in the outfield. 

 

6/29/14 @ Municipal Stadium

On 6/29/14, I attended my first baseball game this season. This was between the San Jose Giants and the Visalia Rawhide. My dad and I got to the stadium at around 11:30 and bought bleacher tickets. When we got in, I headed to the Visalia dugout looking for 2013 1st round draft pick Braden Shipley. After some other players passed, Shipley finally came out from the bullpen to sign for me and the 5 other guys that were looking for his autograph. After I got his autograph, I went to this Mobil booth inside the stadium that was giving out prizes. I spun the wheel and magically landed on the “Special Prize”. I initially thought the special prize would be something lame like a coupon or whatnot but it turned out to be amazing. The prize was a San Jose Giants autographed team ball!

2014 San Jose Giants Team Ball

2014 San Jose Giants Team Ball      

After, I headed to the Giants dugout in search of getting 2012 draft picks Chris Stratton and Martin Agosta’s autograph. However, I could not find them. The first San Jose Giant autograph I got was pitcher Stephen Johnson who was drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 draft.

Stephen Johnson autograph

Stephen Johnson autograph

After, I proceeded to get the autographs of Brian Ragira and Jesus Galindo. For some reason, Jesus didn’t sign on the sweetspot even though I asked him to.

Brian Ragira Autograph

Brian Ragira Autograph

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Jesus Galindo Autograph

 

I headed to Turkey Mike’s after and got this amazing burger that consisted of 2 hamburger patties with pulled pork on top. I stayed and watched the Giants beat Visalia 2-1.

Down On the Farm:Midseason Review

Almost half of a season has gone by for minor leaguers. While things have not been going so well for top pitching prospects in the Giants system, the Giants batters have certainly made an impact

1.Kyle Crick-RHP- Crick has experianced the roughest season to date. He has a decent 3.88 ERA in 41 innings pitched but has allowed a whopping 33 walks. He often struggles to get of innings which contributes on why he goes on average about 3 innings per game. Many analysts are projecting Crick as a late-inning reliever if his command doesn’t improve.

2.Joe Panik-2B- Panik, the 1st round draft pick by the Giants in 2011, has been quite a surprise. Panik has hit 0.321 at AAA this season with 5 home runs. He possess a advanced bat but needs work on defense. He recently got called up to the Giants.

3.Andrew Susac-C- Susac has cooled off his bat in June but is still hitting 0.262. Many dub Susac as the player who will move catcher Buster Posey to 3B. Susac has been dealing with multiple injures this season which included a concussion. He has improved a lot on his catching ability this season.

4.Adam Duvall-3B-Duvall has one of the hottest bats in the Giants farm system this season. He, along with Mac Williamson, has the most power in the system. Duvall has the PCL leading 23 home runs this season and could end up starting next year for the Giants if Sandoval decides to leave.

5. Edwin Escober-LHP-Giants 2nd best pitching prospect has had a dismal 2014 season. Escobar has a 5.31 ERA at AAA this year. He was pegged as an eventual replacement for Ryan Vogelsong next season so he has to turn it around for him to get a shot.

Other Notables

Derek Law-Once slotted to be in the bullpen my the end of this season, Law has dominated AA but recently suffered an elbow injury and might need Tommy John surgery

 

Giants 2014 Draft Board

It’s that time of year again where the draft is officially less that 2 weeks away. Questions are being asked on who the Giants will draft with the 14th pick in the 1st round.

1.Bradley Zimmer USF OF – brother of Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer. He has a nice glove in the outfielder and projects to be an good hitter. He might not be available when the Giants draft him as his stock has skyrocketed into the top 10.

2. Jeff Hoffman East Carolina University RHP- Once projected to be a top 5 pick in the draft this year. Recently elected to get Tommy John surgery which has made his stock slip. If the Giants draft him, he could potentially be a steal if he regains his pre-surgury dominance.

3.Trea Turner North Carolina State SS- Trea is a prospect who can most likely stay at shortstop in the majors. He had very nice speed and a plus bat.

4. Sean Reid-Foley Sandalwood HS RHP – top 5 high school pitcher in the draft. Sean has a plus fastball and change up and throws about 91-95 mph. Giants would probably be able the develop him into a number 2 or 3 pitcher given their success with pitchers.

Projectin’ the Giants 25 Man Roster

Spring training has been in full blast and Opening Day is less than a month away!

Many people wonder who would be cut from the Giants roster, will there be any surprise prospects, and whether top prospects like Edwin Escobar and Derek Law will make the roster. Well…here are my projections

Pitchers

RHP Tim Lincecum

RHP Matt Cain

RHP Tim Hudson

LHP Madison Bumgarner

LHP Jeremy Affeldt

LHP Javier Lopez

RHP Santiago Casilla

RHP Sergio Romo

RHP Erik Cordier

RHP Ryan Vogelsong

RHP Yusmeiro Petit

RHP Jake Dunning

Position Players

C Buster Posey

C Hector Sanchez

1B Brandon Belt

2b Marco Scutaro

SS Brandon Crawford

3b Pablo Sandoval

Utility Ehire Adrianza

Utility Joaquin Arias

RF Hunter Pence

CF Angel Pagan

LF Michael Morse

OF Gregor Blanco

OF Juan Perez

 

One Year Aniversary

I can’t believe it has been exactly one year since I first started this blog. Boy! A lot has changed since the beginning. I have written more about collecting autographs nowadays. I recently had gotten over 300 views in less than one month as well. I hope to continue writing as the year goes on and like to thank my viewers for the support!

Autographed Prospect Duo #3

Okay, the title is a bit of an lie. I actually only have new autograph to show you guys.  I got a card from Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard. I sent this card in the summer and just got it back today. He even personalized the signed card for me!

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My Linsain Christmas

Warning: This has nothing to do with baseball

I was going to post this earlier but I had a ton of schoolwork to do. On Christmas, I got some pretty awesome sports related presents. All of them were Jeremy Lin related. If you guys don’t know, Jeremy Lin is an Asian-American point guard on the Rockets. He is also my second favorite player behind Stephen Curry. 

First, I got an Linsanity DVD from my cousin which I just watched yesterday. It’s a very detailed and amusing movie that you guys should watch if you get the chance.

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The second thing I got was this Jeremy Lin action figure that was cool.

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Lastly, I got an JEREMY LIN AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO!!! I was super elated about that gift. 

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My SF Giants Top 10 Prospects for 2014

Before we begin, I like to saw that these rankings are based on my opinions. Feel free to comment if you disagree with the rankings. 

1. RHP Kyle Crick-Crick is the top prospect of the Giants. I’ve seen him pitch a couple of times in San Jose and he seems really good. I think his control can get better to the point where he becomes an number 2 or ace. 

2.LHP Edwin Escobar – Escobar really established himself last year by the way he pitched in San Jose and Richmond. I would say that his ceiling would be a number 3 pitcher  and probably be a loogy at worst.

3. OF Mac Williamson- Had a decent season in San Jose but needs to cut down on some strikeouts and increase contact. I believe that he can be a regular starter at best and a bench player at worst

4. RHP Alberto Mejia- Had a good season at San Jose. I think will become better and bigger has he is still very young. He has potential to be a number 3 or 4 starter in the Giants rotation by 2015

5. SS Christian Arroyo- Arroyo has been better that what I had first thought of him. I like his bat a lot and think he might have a chance to stick at short. He is still very raw though and we have to wait a bit longer to find out if he is the real deal or not.

6. C Andrew Susac- very underrated catcher in my opinion. Has decent bat but needs to stop bringing injured. If Susac can improve defensively, he could move Posey to 1st in the future 

7.  LHP Ty Blach – Big fan of Blach. He has very good control and is a prospect that is going to break out in AA. He could be an effective bullpen guy in the future or an number 4 or 5 starter. 

8. RHP Clayton Blackburn- had a bit of an disappointing season in San Jose but he is still very young. Hope to see him progress in AA next year. If he can make improvements, I would slot him as a number 4 starter in the Giants rotation by 2015.

9. RHP Chris Stratton – A bit worried about his performance in Augusta last season as he was an advanced pitcher in the draft.  He still has potential to be moved to the bullpen if he continues to struggle.

10. RHP Derek Law – One of my favorite prospects on the Giants. Law had a breakout year last year in San Jose. He has a nice slider and could be a replacement for Sergio Romo by 2015 or 2016

Next Five:

Joe Panik

Keury Mella

Gary Brown

Joan Gregorio

Ryder Jones

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