San Francisco Giants Friday Farm Report (5/11)

Maybe the Giants called up the wrong third baseman from Fresno.

When the Giants called up Conor Gillaspie to replace injured Pablo Sandoval, it moved Brock Bond into the third base spot for the Grizzlies.

And what has he done since then? Rake.

Bond is on an eight-game hitting streak, the last seven games came when he was moved to third base.

Over the course of that hitting streak, he’s hitting .696 (16 for 23) with an OBP of .731.

Bond even belted a home run over that stretch. But power is not his M.O. It was only his fifth home run of his six-year minor league career.

Bond is a contact guy. He was a Triple-A all-star for Fresno in 2010, hitting .285 with a .397 OBP. He had 66 walks to 63 strikeouts in 487 PAs in 2010. This after being a Double-A All-Star with Richmond in 2009, hitting .333 with a .429 OBP.

This all from a guy the Giants reportedly drafted by mistake in the 24th round of the 2007 draft. As the story goes, the Giants wanted to draft Lipscomb outfielder Casey Bond, instead of Missouri infielder Brock Bond.

His 2011 season was limited to 19 games because of a discussion. And his 2012 season got off to a late start because of another stint on the DL. He was activated on April 12.

Since Sandoval went on the DL, Melky Cabrera moved from the No. 2 spot to the No. 3 spot. The Giants have started Gillaspie (3 games), Ryan Theriot (3 games) and Emmanuel Burriss (one game) in the No. 2 hole since then.

Combined, they are 5 for 28 (.179) with two walks and one double. Broken down, it’s Gillaspie (3 for 12), Theriot (1 for 12) and Burris (1 for 4).

Maybe the Giants need to look at someone like Bond, who can play 2B or 3B, in the No. 2 hole.

A quick look around the farm system:

Triple-A Fresno

  • OF Justin Christian: Christian has cooled off since his torrid start. He’s still hitting .354 for the season with 4 HR and 17 RBI. But he’s hitting .238 over the past 10 games.
  • OF Roger Kieschnick: He’s belted another two home runs over the past week, giving him 8 on the season. He’s hitting .331 on the season.
  • P Eric Hacker: Hacker won his first start back at Fresno after his spot start with the Giants. But then he got pounded for nine runs in 4.2 IP in his most recent start against Iowa. He had given up seven earned runs in his five previous starts.
  • RP Heath Hembree: Hembree had a string of six consecutive scoreless/hitless outings snapped by giving up one run on one hit Thursday in a non-save situation. He gave up a leadoff double, and that runner scored on two groundouts. He has 10 strikeouts in 13 IP.

Double-A Richmond

  • OF Gary Brown: Brown is hitting .233 on the season. But after drawing nine walks in April, he’s drawn none in 10 games in May. Not good for a guy with his speed.
  • 3B Chris Dominguez: He’s hitting .270 over his past 10 games, bringing his season average to .259. But his strikeouts are up. He had 18 in April; 11 so far in May.
  • C Tommy Joseph: Joseph has started to heat up. He’s hitting .300 in his past 10 games, with a two-homer game on April 30. He has 3 HR, 9 RBI and .255 for the season.
  • P Brett Bochy: The son of the Giants skipper had not allowed a run in his first 17.2 IP this season. But then he got tagged for 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks on Thursday. Still he has 20 Ks and 5 BB in 18.2 IP.
  • P Chris Heston: The right-hander has 1.01 ERA with 30 Ks and 9 BB in 35.2 IP. But he’s only 2-2. So he’d fit in great with the Giants.

Class A San Jose

  • SS Joe Panik: Too early to panic on Panik. He’s hitting .300 with a .404 OBP in his last 10 games, bringing his season average to .246 with a .349 OBP.
  • C Andrew Sugac: Get this. Sugac is hitting .241 over his past 10 games, but he has a .476 OBP. He went 0 for 2 with three walks on Tuesday vs. Modesto; 3 for 4 with one walk on Wednesday and 0 for 1 with three walks Thursday vs. Visalia.
  • P Jack Snodgrass: The left-hander is 3-1 with 1.29 ERA in six starts. He has 25 K, 7 BB in 35 IP. He’s allowed one run in his last four starts (24.2 IP).

Class A Augusta

  • OF Shawn Payne: He leads the team in hitting .338 with .475 OBP. He has 2 HR and 15 RBI. He’s also 11 for 11 in steals.
  • P Kyle Crick: The 6-foot-4 right-hander is 1-1 with 1.66 ERA in five starts. He has 27 Ks in 21.2 IP, but the 17 walks is a concern.

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