Results tagged ‘ San Francisco Giants ’

Relief pitcher Luis Castillo

Luis Castillo

Relief pitcher Luis Castillo (28) of the Augusta GreenJackets in a game against the Greenville Drive on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville won, 8-5. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Ryder Jones of the Augusta GreenJackets

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Third baseman Ryder Jones (15) of the Augusta GreenJackets in a game against the Greenville Drive on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Jones was a second-round pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. He is listed as the Giants’ No. 15 prospect by Baseball America. Greenville won, 8-5. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Relief pitcher Daniel Slania

Daniel Slania

Relief pitcher Daniel Slania (45) of the Augusta GreenJackets in a game against the Greenville Drive on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville won, 8-5. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Heath Hembree gets the call from the Giants

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Spartanburg Methodist College product Heath Hembree, a pitcher with the San Francisco Giants organization, works out with his former coaches for the SMC baseball team on Feb. 15, 2012 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Former Broome High School and Spartanburg Methodist College pitcher Heath Hembree has been called up to the majors with the San Francisco Giants.

 

 

Chris Stratton of the Augusta GreenJackets

Chris Stratton

Pitcher Chris Stratton (22) of the Augusta GreenJackets warms up before a game against the Greenville Drive on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Stratton was a first-round pick by the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He is also the No. 3 prospect for the Giants. Augusta won, 6-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Skeels gets another promotion; Machemer stays put

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June 5, 2008: Andy Skeels of the Augusta GreenJackets, Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, in a game against the Greenville Drive at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
Following up on some coaching news . . .
The San Francisco Giants have announced they are promoting Andy Skeels to manager of the 2010 Double-A Richmond (Va.) Flying Squirrels. 
I photographed Skeels when he was with low-Class A Augusta in 2008. He was promoted to high-Class A San Jose last year. Skeels’ Augusta and San Jose clubs finished a combined 178-102. The Flying Squirrels, an Eastern League team, moved to Richmond from Connecticut, where they were called the Defenders. They’ll play in the old Richmond Braves ballpark, The Diamond.
The Giants also announced that manager Dave Machemer will come back as manager of the Augusta GreenJackets next year.
I photographed Machemer last year in the dugout next to the team’s temporary mascot, a good-luck token that they kept with them after a winning streak.
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The Augusta Greenjackets have a stuffed mascot monkey named Norm. He was picked up by outfielder Dom Duggan as a good luck charm after the team lost 11 of 13 to begin the season. The team went on to win the next six of eight, and though they fell on another rough patch, the monkey stays, largely at Duggan’s request. He’s become a pseudo-celebrity, having been featured in the Augusta Chronicle and on local television station WJBF, our ABC affiliate, says Eric Little, the GreenJackets’ media relations staffer. He is shown here with manager Dave Machemer (21).

Giants prospect Villalona jailed on a murder charge

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August 25, 2008: Angel Villalona of the Augusta GreenJackets at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
San Francisco Giants first base prospect Angel Villalona, who by all accounts became a millionaire when he signed with the Giants, is awaiting trial for the shooting death of a 25-year-old man in the Dominican Republic, according to reports from the Associated Press.
According to the reports, Villalona, 19, who last played against the Drive in Greenville last year when he was with Class A Augusta, turned himself in to police the day after a man was shot in a bar in La Romana last month. 
According to the AP report, Villalona, who pleaded innocent, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. I scanned the Web to see if I could find anything new about the case, but I suspect justice moves slowly in some parts of the world.
In a statement, the Giants said, “We will monitor the situation closely and trust that the judicial process in the Dominican Republic will resolve the matter promptly and fairly.”

Giants pitching prospect makes his big league debut

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       June 5, 2008: Pitcher Madison Bumgarner (5) of the Augusta GreenJackets, 
       Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, prior to a game against the 
       Greenville Drive at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo 
       by: Tom Priddy.
Madison Bumgarner, a lefty who’s been on the radar screens of every Minor League photographer for a couple of years, made his Major League debut last night. Oh, yeah, the scouts were keeping track of him, too.
I had one shot at him last year in Greenville when he was the starter for Augusta, and I got quite a bit of mileage out of those photos, from Web site use and print to at least one baseball card that I know of.
He’s been the No. 1 pitching prospect for the San Francisco Giants, and he didn’t disappoint last night as he became a last-minute sub for Tim Lincecum.
“Making a surprise start for Tim Lincecum, who was scratched with back spasms, Madison Bumgarner displayed his heralded potential while surrendering two runs in 5 1/3 innings,” wrote Chris Haft of MLB.com. 
“Bumgarner left with a one-run lead and a chance for a victorious Major League debut,” he wrote. But San Francisco’s usually reliable bullpen softened in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres that dented the Giants’ postseason hopes.”