San Jose lefty Edwin Escobar in a May start against Inland Empire. (Conner Penfold / GIANT Potential)
The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Class-A Short Season) will take the field for game No. 1 of their 2013 campaign tonight, which means it’s offically the prime of minor league baseball. When the Arizona League Giants kick off next week, there will be SEVEN San Francisco affiliated teams in season.
That being said, baseball is awesome.
Four of those seven teams have been playing for more than three months now. Augusta and San Jose have the two lowest team ERAs in the organization, so it’s no coincidence that both teams have arguably the best pitching prospects in the farm.
Here’s a nice list of them, beginning with right-handed starters:
23-year old Josh Osich says he only has time for baseball and fishing. Thankfully for him, when he is playing baseball, he’s throwing mid-90s fastballs from the left side with ease. I sat down with the Oregon State alum to talk about playing again with Beaver teammate Andrew Susac, locating his fastballs better, and staying loose in the clubhouse. And fishing, of course.
So Josh you just finished lifting. Describe what that’s like for you and if you can, compare or contrast it to how hitters workout.
Everybody has their own program. No one is really the same. Pitchers? They’re on the same schedule with lifting and stuff but each lift is different for each person.
You’ve been all over the place when it comes to being in the rotation and going back to the pen. You started a little bit at Oregon State. What’s it like going back and forth like that and what’s more comfortable for you?
1B Ricky Oropesa went 1-for-4 with a double, but struck out in this at-bat in the 5th. (Conner Penfold/Working Titles)
BULLPEN STRUGGLES AS SAN JOSE LOSES SIXTH STRAIGHT
San Jose dropped their sixth consecutive game Wednesday night in Modesto, falling 9-0 to the Nuts who were backed by a seven inning, seven strikeout performance from ace Christian Bergman. The 24-year old right-hander gave up just four hits en route to his 12th win of the year.
Complications with the team bus delayed the arrival of San Jose until almost 6:00 PM, shortening warm-up time and batting practice, and it showed on the field. The Giants managed just four hits off Bergman and relief pitcher Isaiah Froneberger, who hurled two perfect innings to close the game.