Clobbering Calhoun wins FFA for week ending 6/11/17

Willie Calhoun needs to hit since that is his only tool and the hit tool was carving up the PCL last week. Calhoun went 11 for 34 with eleven RBI and three home runs to win the weekly Farm Factory Award for June 11th. The three home runs came in back to back to back games. One of the three home runs was part of a back to back to back by rehabbing Joc Pederson, trying to figure it out Scott Van Slyke, and Willie on June 9th in the first inning.  It was against the rehabbing Tyson Ross who showed he has some work to do before rejoining the Ranger rotation.

Calhoun has now hit thirteen home runs as a twenty-two year old in the PCL. No other player in the PCL who is 22 or younger has double digit home runs. 
Pacific Coast League Batting Leaders 22 or younger:

Name               Age Aff  PA 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS
Franklin Barreto    21 OAK 261 10  4  8  32 11 83 .275 .312 .447  .758
Alex Verdugo*       21 LAD 232  9  3  2  29 26 24 .313 .392 .418  .810
Amed Rosario        21 NYM 277 14  4  6  43 15 44 .337 .379 .494  .873
Raul Mondesi        21 KCR 155 10  3  5  21 10 36 .314 .355 .536  .891
Cody Bellinger*     21 LAD  77  4  0  5  15  9 22 .343 .429 .627 1.055
Ronald Guzman*      22 TEX 253 11  2  5  30 20 40 .304 .368 .435  .802
Dominic Smith*      22 NYM 280 16  1  7  40 19 48 .315 .364 .465  .830
Franchy Cordero     22 SDP 190  5  7  7  23 15 59 .289 .349 .520  .869
 Willie Calhoun      22 LAD 241 12  3 13  33 16 28 .295 .340 .549  .889
Carson Kelly        22 STL 179 10  0  7  25 21 25 .301 .391 .500  .891
Ian Happ            22 CHC 116  6  0  9  25 11 27 .298 .362 .615  .977
Christian Arroyo    22 SFG  92  7  0  4  15  5 10 .417 .467 .643 1.110

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/12/2017.

Scott Barlow just beat out Wilmer Font for pitching the best game of the week. Barlow went six innings, gave up four hits, zero earned runs, walked two, and struck out seven.

Wilmer Font was just about identical. Font went six innings, gave up five hits, one earned run, zero walks, and seven strikeouts.  I don’t know what to make of the twenty-seven year old Font but he is certainly dominating the Pacific Coast league. A 13. 2 K9 rate as a starter has to get your attention. Combined with a microscopic walk rate, and you have a hell of a stat line.

Name               Age Lev Aff  ERA GS   IP  H ER BB SO BB9  SO9 SO/W
Wilmer Font         27 AAA LAD 3.74 12 65.0 54 27 13 95 1.8 13.2 7.31
Josh Staumont       23 AAA KCR 5.46 12 62.2 49 38 45 82 6.5 11.8 1.82
Anthony Banda*      23 AAA ARI 4.68 12 67.1 62 35 27 68 3.6  9.1 2.52
Justin Masterson    32 AAA LAD 3.43 11 65.2 51 25 27 64 3.7  8.8 2.37
Brandon Woodruff    24 AAA MIL 4.12 12 63.1 60 29 19 60 2.7  8.5 3.16
Ryan Carpenter*     26 AAA COL 5.65 10 63.2 77 40 15 59 2.1  8.3 3.93
Mike Mayers         25 AAA STL 4.29 12 65.0 78 31 25 55 3.5  7.6 2.20
Luke Farrell        26 AAA KCR 4.41 10 63.1 62 31 25 54 3.6  7.7 2.16
Daniel Gossett      24 AAA OAK 3.41 11 60.2 53 23 19 54 2.8  8.0 2.84
Joan Gregorio       25 AAA SFG 3.26 12 69.0 59 25 34 53 4.4  6.9 1.56

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/12/2017.

Errol Robinson was promoted from Great Lakes to Rancho. This removed one of the four shortstops from the Great Lakes roster, and Robinson was the oldest so I guess it makes sense. We are still seeing a merry-go-round in the Loon infield as Lux/Davis/Cruz all continue to take turns playing SS.

Oneil Cruz is really coming on and is hitting .378 over his last ten games.

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10 Comments

  1. 68elcamino427

    Maybe the FO will bring Font up and give him a whirl before they trade for a pitcher.

    Font would sure provide a contrast to batters if he were “piggybacking” for Hill or Ryu.

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    • It would make sense if you piggy back to have it be a different arm.

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  2. 68elcamino427

    Saw a piece about the roommates Calhoun and Verdugo on SNLA.

    More Calhoun face time, we are being prepared for his arrival.

    Verdugo did not come off well in this piece, saying that he appeared very immature is being kind.
    The Dodgers will trade him, this is my bold prediction for the day

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    • he’s reminding me of Jim Edmonds. If Adrian goes on the DL, Cody goes to 1st, and Verdugo is outhitting and fielding the AAA options for LF.
      Might be time to get a Cain.

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  3. 68elcamino427

    Puig RF/Hernandez for the days Puig rests vs LHP
    Cain CF/Hernandez for the days Cain rests
    Gutierrez/Calhoun LF/ Hernandez for the days Gutierrez is too sore.
    Seager SS/Taylor for the rare Seager day off
    Turner 3B/Taylor for Turner rest time
    Taylor/Utley 2B
    Bellinger 1B
    Grandal/Barnes 2B

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  4. 68elcamino427

    Grandal/Barnes C

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  5. 68elcamino427

    Pederson, Verdugo, and Rhame

    For
    Cain and Vargas

    One stop shopping.

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    • I feel confident they would not trade two left-handed hitting outfielders under the age of 25 in the same deal. Vargas is the Hill of 2016. 12 starts in the prior two years due to injury and is now having his career season at age 34.

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      • 68elcamino427

        Yeah, thought that would get a REACTION!

        Vargas and Cain would both be rentals for 2017 only.

        What would you give up for the two of them?

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        • I think KC would take Verdugo for Cain or Diaz/Ravin. For Vargas I would give them several 20 plus prospects but no one in the top 20. I’m not even sure I want Vargas, I think Kazmir could do whatever Vargas could do after July. I think Vargas would just be another Kuo/Kenta/Kazmir type at best. I still like our overall rotation depth, Wood has been a game changer and the wild card is still Urias. I’d hate to add another LHP.
          ….
          I think better options might become available.

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