Tim "Franchise" Lincecum
Tim Lincecum's line in Fresno last night:
- 7 innings
- 4 hits
- 0 runs
- 2 walks
- 9 strikeouts
After two games, Lincecum's numbers look like this:
- 2 wins
- 12 innings
- 6 hits
- 0 runs
- 5 walks
- 17 strikeouts
- 0 runners allowed past second base
- 1 Congressional medal of Jesus
Everybody assumed Lincecum (last year's first round pick out of Washington) would perform well at AAA, but I don't think anybody thought he was going to be this dominant this early. Baseball American ranked Lincecum as the #10 prospect in all of baseball and he would have been higher had there not been injury concerns due to his much-publicized, unorthodox delivery. (OZ, this is mainly for you) Lincecum is a 5'10", 160 pound right-hander who throws up to 99mph with a hammer curveball that scouts say is a top 5 MAJOR LEAGUE curve right now. At times he can be unhittable. His delivery is really weird as he coils his body like Kevin Brown and has a huge stride to the plate that catapults the ball towards home. Baseball America compares his delivery to Sandy Koufax and Bob Feller... good company.
The Giants aren't going to be able to keep the 22-year-old in the minors much longer. Yes, Russ Ortiz, you were meant to hear that. Of course, the starting pitching (including Ortiz) has been great to this point, but I just can't wait to see this kid throw at AT&T Park.
Other Minor League numbers:
- The Giants four minor league teams have a combined record of 23-4
- The two single-A affiliates (San Jose and Augusta) are a combined 15-1
- Brian Wilson, the would-be closer, has pitched 6 shutout innings (2 saves) striking out 8 and allowing only 2 hits (4 walks)
- 23-year-old Nate Schierholtz had a hot start at Fresno: .357, 3 homers, 8 RBI
- The Giants have a ton of speedy middle-infielders at the lower levels. San Jose and Augusta have stolen a combined 33 bases in the first 16 total games (8 each). SS Brian Bocock leads the minors with 9 stolen bases in Augusta's first 8 games.
Looks like the entire weekend could be snowed out in Pittsburgh. Ortiz goes tonight against lefty Zach Duke.