Fresno Grizzlies v. Sacramento River Cats Post-Game Analysis

On a crisp Thursday night (April 17th, 2014) in Sacramento, CA, a couple of buddies and I went to the Fresno Grizzlies (San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate) v. Sacramento River Cats (Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate) game.  I went as a spectator, trying just to enjoy the outing and not process and watch the game as if I was there to evaluate any prospects.  However, I couldn’t...
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That Childhood Feeling

It’s always the joke at Spring Training, that you never know half the guys names.  That your scorecard will become a scratchpad of substitutions.  That half the guys wear numbers better suited for offensive lineman and wide receivers. I’ll probably re-use those jokes for strips in the future. The truth is, this spring is less confusing than most.  The majority of the team...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss


Ok guys, today I went to probably my favorite Spring Training game of all time – the San Francisco Giants B-squad vs. the Giants futures. There was no one in the stands, it was nerdy, and I loved it. Here are some things that I took away from Sundays game: 1. Madison Bumgarner is good at baseball. He made light of the futures line-up by tossing four shut-out innings. He gave up...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects

The San Francisco Giants have done a tremendous job of developing prospects over the last decade and many homegrown players contributed to the team’s 2010 and 2012 World Series victories. General Manager Brian Sabean has been a stabilizing force for the franchise as he continues to find the right mix of veteran acquisitions and prospects to keep the Giants competitive almost every...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Top Prospects – Part 3

In case you missed it, we here at the Lunatic Fringe got to do a Guest Lecture at Surviving The World, a unique photo-webcomic by Dante Shepherd.  He’s a big baseball fan…but forgive him for rooting for the Red Sox, will ya? As with any system, there are quite a few players who don’t make the Top 10.  With the Giants, it’s interesting because of quite a range of second...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Top Prospects – Part 2

Giants’ Top 10 lists have been rather intriguing and spread out…at least, after Kyle Crick.  There are varying thoughts about which of the mess of pitchers the Giants have are ahead of the others, there are disagreements about the ceilings of the low-ceiling offensive players, as well as how much to believe in some short-season stats. That’s not going to stop me from entering...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Baggs Answers All

Giants beat writer Andrew Baggerly just did a great Q & A session via the interwebs (he does these not infrequently). Here's his blog via CSN and you can follow him on twitter @CSNBaggs(good way to catch these interviews!). For those of you who missed this one, here are some highlights! Full transcript here:
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Steamer Projects: San Francisco Giants Prospects

Earlier today, polite and Canadian and polite Marc Hulet published his 2014 organizational prospect list for the San Francisco Baseball Giants. It goes without saying that, in composing such a list, Hulet has considered the overall future value those prospects might be expected to provide either to the Giants or whatever other organizations to which they might someday belong. What...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Locally, Act Globally

I watch a lot of amateur baseball. You can maybe tell from my articles and tweets that the origin of prospects and how they enter professional baseball is of great interest to me. While brainstorming ideas for this article I was looking over the San Francisco Giants farm system and I got to looking at where their prospects originated from. I don’t only mean high school or college…...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets Absent From AFL Top 20

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo over at recently put together their list of the top 20 prospects in the AFL. As expected, Byron Buxton (OF, Twins) topped the chart. A shoulder injury limited Buxton to 12 games this offseason, although, he still managed to show-off his many tools and slug three home runs. Second on the list is Kris Bryant (3B, Cubs) who is credited with having...
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants Prospects Kyle Crick and Andrew Susac Make the Fall Star Game

It’s not exactly a well-kept secret that we’re excited about the players in the San Francisco Giants farm system. There isn’t a surplus of surefire prospects, but there are a few that have us pretty geeked. And two of those prospects just made the roster for the Fall Star Game (previously the Rising Stars Game), the All-Star event of the Arizona Fall League, and the premier...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

7 Giants Prospects Playing in the Arizona Fall League

While the San Francisco Giants roster regulars are at home, catching up with the families, restoring and rehabbing injured pieces, and getting rested up for another even-year run at a title, the Minor League youngsters with MLB aspirations are working as hard as ever. Apparently the organization forgot to tell some of them what the “off” in “offseason” means. Sure enough...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/23/13

Mesa 1 v Scottsdale 2 Kris Bryant 1-5, 2B, 2 SO Kris Bryant doubles (4) on a line drive to left fielder Jarrett Parker. Taylor Lindsey to 3rd. Kris Bryant flies out to center fielder Mason Williams. Kris Bryant strikes out swinging, catcher Andrew Susac to first baseman Angel Villalona. Kris Bryant grounds out, second baseman Tommy La Stella to first baseman Angel Villalona. Kris...
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October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

2014 Minor League Preview: San Francisco Giants

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2013 (28) | 2012 (21) | 2011 (24) | 2010 (29) | 2009 (8) 2012 Affiliate Records MLB: [76-86] NL West AAA: [68-75] Pacific Coast League – Fresno AA: [70-72] Eastern League – Richmond A+: [83-57] California League – San Jose A: [82-55] South Atlantic League – Augusta A(ss): [47-29] Northwest League — Salem-Keiser Arizona...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Trade Deadline Edition

Mark Bowman of says the Braves are looking for a left-handed reliever. I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m talking about the Braves wish list? If the San Francisco Giants are sellers at the trade deadline then this means they could be shopping around Javier Lopez or possibly Jeremy Affeldt. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports (via Sulia) that he talked...
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July 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Here It Comes Again

Well…that was unexpected. The San Francisco Giants selected high school shortstop Christian Arroyo with their first round pick of the MLB draft, #25 overall.  And there was a collective WTF from everyone around when it happened. Seriously, it was a WTF.  Even the MLB Network commentators, who are bullish on everybody, had a collective ambivalence and confusion. Somewhere, the...
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June 07, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Spring Training Cuts, Romo Blown Save, Etc.

  Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors Today is the first day of cuts in Spring Training for the San Francisco Giants. They’ve sent pitchers Fabio Castillo, Edward Concepcion, Justin Fitzgerald, Jose Valdez, Josh Osich, infielder Joe Panik and catcher Andrew Susac to Minor League Camp, says Giants Beat Writer Chris Haft (via Twitter). In another Haft tweet, he says infielder...
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March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Pitchers And Catchers Take The Field

Today is the day that the San Francisco Giants pitchers and catchers are taking the field. Andrew Baggarly of says (via Twitter) presumed Opening Day starter Matt Cain leads the first bullpen group. Catching prospect Andrew Susac gets to catch Jeremy Affeldt‘s bullpen session. If you would like to get to know more about Susac; check out this SF Giants Rumors Interview...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors Interview With Andrew Susac

During the 2012 season, I attended a San Jose Giants game to interview San Francisco Giants catching prospect Andrew Susac. Susac went on to hit .244 in San Jose with 9 homers, 52 RBI, and 58 runs scored. Check out the video below to listen to the interview. I must admit, I did mess up by saying he was from the Bay Area. I guess Sacramento isn’t considered the Bay Area. Anyways...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Newman’s Own: Best Catchers Of 2012

Seeing prospects in person is my passion. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to visit parks in five different leagues — collecting information and video on 200 legitimate prospects or more. The lists released over the next few weeks will highlight the best prospects I’ve seen in person at each position during the 2012 season. The rankings will be adjusted based on projected position...
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September 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Prime Nine: San Francisco Giants

It’s been no secret that I’m not a big Brian Sabean fan. Yet, he seems to defy the odds every season. Still, like a professional golfer that scrambles out of the woods every hole, the time is coming where the luck will begin to dry out. A quick look at the farm system is the first clue that something is going wrong. Yet, one should look no further than the product...
September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

SF Giants Prospect Profile: C Andrew Susac

Andrew Susac is a part of the Giants organization's embarrassment of riches at the catcher position. He has shown consistent improvement throughout his college career, and looks to continue that improvement as a professional.
May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Checking in on the Giants Prospects

With the first month of the minor league season in the books I think that now is a good time to take a look at how things are going down on the farm. First up the Giants position prospects (all stats are through the April 28th): Rank Name PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG 1 Gary Brown...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Game Review: San Jose Giants At Modesto Nuts: 4/5/12

Yesterday I went down to Modesto to see the San Jose Giants season opener. The baby Giants roster features their 2011 1st and 2nd round draft picks (Joe Panik and Andrew Susac), 2010 2nd round pick Jarrett Parker as well as 2011 SAL all-stars Shawn Sanford and Adam Duvall. On the other side, Modesto started 2009 1st round pick Tyler Matzek who was one of the biggest enigmas in the...
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April 06, 2012  |  Discuss

John Barr: Scouting the Giants’ Draft

San Francisco’s front office may have a spotty record when it comes to trades and the free-agent market, but the same can’t be said of their efforts in amateur scouting and player development. The Giants have a solid core of homegrown talent — with reinforcements on the way — and in recent years much of the credit goes to John Barr. A member of the Professional Baseball Scouts...
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April 06, 2012  |  Discuss

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