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Thoughts and Notes on the Little Giants

April 14, 2011

The ridiculous amount of stolen bases coming out of Fresno is making me want to pull for some completely irrational moves. How about trading Mike Fontenot and bringing up Manny Burriss? A spot could surely be found for Darren Ford, right? Heck, how about Terry Evans…? Okay, okay…so those aren’t the best ideas I’ve ever come up with. But they are so, so tempting. Burriss has 12 swiped bags and hasn’t been caught once! That’s more steals than any single team in the entire league. Ford and Evans have 6 and 5 respectively and neither of them have been caught either! While we all groan and complain about the sluggishness of the big league team (get better soon please, Andres), the Grizzlies are sitting pretty with 29 SBs. The next highest total is 9. Say “vroooooooooooooooooooom”.

The big pitching names from Spring Training are doing well in Fresno too. Ryan Vogelsong, we are oh-so-pleased to say, has a 1.59 ERA and 17 strike outs after two games. Britt and I caught both his starts on MiLB.TV, and his stuff was nasty. We’ve still got our fingers crossed for call-up in the the not-too-far future. Marc Kroon and Steve Edlefsen are both hanging in there as well with two scoreless appearances a piece. As if it wasn’t hard enough already, after the Showtime Premier last night (the video can be found on, its become completely impossible to not be rooting for Kroon. The guy deserves a shot in San Francisco.

Eric Surkamp’s second start is tonight, and with any sort of luck he’ll continue his quest to break the minor league k/9 record. He got 10 strike outs his last appearance…in four innings. Think about that for a moment. The Flying Squirrels pitching has been pretty good across the board, actually. The offense needs help though. They seem to have given up on taking walks. Charlie Culberson has had a couple of big nights though.

Gary Brown. Oh man, Gary Brown. Mr. First Round Draft Pick is showering potential all over the place. Everyone was worried about his inability to take a walk? He has five already this season, leading to a .400 OBP. He had six total in low A and rookie ball. He has nine stolen bases too, and he’s done a lot of fast running around the base paths. Its way, way too early…but its hard to not think in phrases like “center fielder of the future,” “league stolen base leader to-be,” etc.

Speaking of first round draft picks, Zack Wheeler is off to an impressive start. First start in San Jose…supposed to be the next Matt Cain or Madison Bumgarner or something…pressure? What pressure? He just did his thing and threw five no-hit innings. The prospects on Twitter had a good time flailing over that for a few days.

Last thing: Can we wrap all these kids up in bubble wrap now? The injury bug is absolutely killing our farm system. Brandon Crawford, Ehire Adrianza, Francisco Peguero, Thomas Neal…all out for varying amounts of time, and I’m sure I’m forgetting people. Stop getting hurt you delinquents!

Oh, and in case you didn’t catch the link up above, do yourself a favor and go watch the first episode of Showtime’s “The Franchise”. It is so very, very worth the half-hour of your life.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Christine permalink*
    April 16, 2011 7:19 pm

    Gary Brown, Gary Brown is MY MAN! As soon as I get home I will be frequenting San Jose to see these lovely boys in action. 🙂

    • April 16, 2011 10:28 pm

      Gary Brown is hard not to love, for sure. We should hit up a game in SJ together sometime this summer!

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