Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Volcanoes alum Adrianza doing well in Venezuela

Ehire Adrianza (Volcanoes '08) is finding success this season playing for Tiburones de La Guaira of the Venezuelan Winter League.

Ehire is only 23 years old, but still has six professional seasons under his belt. This winter, he is batting .280 (14 hits in 50 at-bats). The Tiburones are in first place with a 24-16 record.

Stay tuned for all the on-going updates for your Volcanoes in winter ball; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Volcanoes alum Graham leads all Giants in Winter League hits

Tyler Graham, Oregon State Beavers and Salem-Keizer Volcanoes alum leads all Giants playing winter ball with 48 hits. Tyler is playing for the Tomateros de Culiacan in the Mexican League.

Click here to view Tyler's stats on MILB.com.
Tyler has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games, and has 48 hits for the season in 173 at-bats (.277 average); Tyler is coming off a strong season with Triple-A, Fresno and the Tomateros are thick in the playoff hunt.

Stay tuned for all the updates on your Volcanoes alumni; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Heat fall to Japanese Champions

Alex Burg (Volcanoes '10), Cameron Lamb (Volcanoes '11) and the Perth Heat fell short 4-0 against the Japanese Champions, Hawks. The Heat will resume their Australian Baseball League season on Friday with the great experience of playing some Asian teams that are Triple A and even mid-MLB level in quality.

The Heat finished November a perfect 11-0 in the ABL and are 5.5 games ahead of second place Brisbane and Canberra.

Burg looks to continue his league-leading home run pace, while Lamb looks to continue his strong pitching performances.

Stay tuned for all the details; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Almost... Heat fall to Tawain champs in 10

Cameron Lamb (Volcanoes '11) pitched valiantly but came up a little short in the 10th inning as Taiwan champions, Uni-President 7 Eleven Lions, beat the defending Australian champs, Perth Heat, 3-2.

The win still showed dramatic improvement for the Heat, who are Australia's first representatives in the tournament during its modern era.

The biggest test for the Heat will come tomorrow against Japanese champion, SoftBank Hawks. Stay tuned as Volcanoes alumni try to shock the Pacific region with a big win.

Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Burg gets two hits in Asian Series opener

Alex Burg (Volcanoes '10) got two hits in the Perth Heat's opening round 10-2 loss to the Samsung Lions, Korean champions. Both teams are part of the four-team Asian Series to crown the best club amongst all defending APAC country champions.

While there are no moral victories, it is worth noting this is Australia's first time sending a champion to this tournament - and as we have seen, top Asian teams can hold their own against anyone.

The Heat battle Taiwan champions, Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions, later tonight.

Click here to track results live.

Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes updates; Volcanoes baseball where Giants dreams begin.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Volcanoes alum Burg gets first hit of 2011 Asian Series

Alex Burg (Volcanoes '10) got the first hit of the 2011 Asian Series tonight; at time of publication the Perth Heat were tied 0-0 with Korean League champions, Samsung Lions.

Burg lined a single into right field off Lions ace, Jam Wong Sam, in the first inning; if you wish to follow results live, click here.

Over the next 4-5 days, Alex, Cameron Lamb (Volcanoes '11) and the Perth Heat will take on the league champions from Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Perhaps the biggest match up for the Heat will be Japanese Champion, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. With Japan winning the last two World Baseball Classics and the on-going development of Asian baseball talent; the Heat will be playing teams that would give win some seven-game series against MLB teams (which teams is for debate).

Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes updates; Volcanoes baseball where Giants dreams begin.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Volcanoes alum Crawford getting more focus on Giants

It should be no surprise after getting quality at-bats with the Giants and a strong Arizona Fall League, that Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) is being talked about in every scenario from starting in Triple A to landing a starting job with the big club.

Brandon is being featured on the Giants web site as a true prospect who, while still needing to grow, has a real shot at being a Giants starter (click here to read).

Between off-season trades and Spring Training - truly only time will tell in Brandon's case; he is another example, though, of what a strong AFL performance can do to improve one's stock in the organization.

Stay tuned for on-going coverage of your Volcanoes alumni; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Volcanoes alumnus Gary Brown named

Gary Brown (Volcanoes '10), a rising prospect in the Giants organization, was named a George M. Trautman award winner as a top Class A player.

Gary had a magnificent season earlier this year for San Jose, batting .336 in 131 games with 14 home runs and 80 RBI.  Gary also had a .989 fielding percentage!

Gary was a First Round draft pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft.

Stay tuned for more updates on your Volcanoes alumni; Volcanoes baseball where Giants dreams begin.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Burg, Lamb to play for Asian baseball title

Alex Burg (Volcanoes '10) and Cameron Lamb (Volcanoes '11) and the undefeated Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League, accepted an invitation to play in the 2011 Asia Series starting on Friday. The Heat will take on the league champions from Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Perhaps the biggest match up for the Heat will be Japanese Champion, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. With Japan winning the last two World Baseball Classics and the on-going development of Asian baseball talent; the Heat will be playing teams that would give win some seven-game series against MLB teams (which teams is for debate).

Stay tuned for all the Volcanoes updates; Volcanoes baseball where Giants dreams begin.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Burg, Lamb help Heat finish perfect in November

Having a perfect month in football is an accomplishment enough but almost never used when discussing a professional baseball team. For the Perth Heat, their 19-3 victory last night meant the team would finish their November schedule a perfect 11-0. The Australian Baseball League resumes early December.

In getting to 11-0, two Volcanoes alumni have helped to create a story that Australian baseball fans will talk about for a long time. Alex Burg (Volcanoes '10) hit his league-leading fifth home run last night; Cameron Lamb (Volcanoes '11) is tied with the league lead in wins (2).

The Heat are back in action on Dec. 3 and Volcanoes Watching will give you all the updates. Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Burg, Lamb help Perth set Australian record

Alex Burg (Volcanoes '10) and Cameron Lamb (Volcanoes '11) helped the Perth Heat set the Australian Baseball League's modern record of 10 wins to start a season; Perth swept a double header against Sydney 16-1 and 5-3.

Burg was 5-for-8 with 4 RBI during the twin-bill; Lamb got the win in the second game; pitching 2.2 innings of relief, giving up a single run and striking out 3.

With second place Brisbane at 6-5; and the top 4 teams of the six-team league going to the playoffs, the defending Australian champs are well on their way for a post season spot.

Stay tuned for all the updates - Volcanoes Watching, where Giants dreams begin.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Burg, Lamb's Australian team starts year 8-0

The Perth Heat have started their Australian Baseball League season 8-0, thanks in part to Alex Burg (Volcanoes '10) and Cameron Lamb (Volcanoes '11).

At time of publication, Perth was leading Sydney 2-0 in the fourth inning; the Heat already has a 3-game lead over second place Brisbane. The Heat are the defending ABL champions - and if you look at the ABL team rosters, there are multiple Minor League prospects playing.

Stay tuned all weekend as the Heat look to continue their march to clinch a playoff spot. Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mission Accomplished: Volcanoes prospects finish strong AFL season

Simply put: it was a great Arizona Fall League for some of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes top Minor League prospects.

Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11) finished with a .323 batting average (30 for 93) with 6 doubles and 2 home runs -- and plenty of national sports coverage.

Stephen Harrold (Volcanoes '10) was unhittable -- going 3-0 with a 1.76 ERA, a save and 15 strike outs in 15.1 innings.

Seth Rosin (Volcanoes '10) was very effective going 0-0 with a 2.13 ERA and 9 strike outs in 12.2 innings pitched.

Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) showed his power batting .276 (24/87) with 2 doubles, triples and home runs.

This marks the completion of a very successful 2011 for this Volcanoes alumni who will next appear with their team mates in 2012 Spring Training this February. Volcanoes Watching will continue to bring you coverage of Volcanoes in the Australian Baseball League and the Latin Winter Leagues.

Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Another Panik double for Volcanoes star

Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11) had another two hits, including a double, in the Scottsdale Scorpions 4-3 setback to Peoria tonight; Joe is batting .333 in the AFL in a year that Volcanoes fans will talk about for a decade. It's been that special.

Joe is batting .471 in his last 10 games, nine of which he has hit safely in; five of which he has at-least two hits.

The Giants 2011 First Round draft choice, and 2011 NWL MVP, leads his team in batting average, hits, and doubles.

Tomorrow will be the last game of Joe's amazing first year in professional baseball as the Scorpions wrap up their 2011 season - stay tuned for all the details; Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Panik keeps hitting - AFL average now .322

It's a shame Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11) can't play another 50 games this calendar year as he seems to add 10 points to his batting average every month. Joe hit another double in Scottsdale's 4-1 setback to Salt River tonight.

Joe is now batting .322 in the Arizona Fall League.

With two games left in his season, Joe is tied with National's top prospect Bryce Harper for the Scorpion's batting lead.

Scottsdale is back in action tomorrow, hosting Peoria. Stay tuned for all the updates on your Volcanoes alumni; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Panik's triple sparks Scoprions; Burg leads home runs down under

Joe Panik's (Volcanoes '11) two-RBI, triple proved the difference at the Scottsdale Scorpions topped Salt River tonight 6-5. Joe's AFL batting average now sits at a team-leading .321. The Scorpions improved to 14-19.

Another Volcanoes alumni currently batting .321 is Alex Burg (Volcanoes '10), who, playing for the Perth Heat leads the Australian Baseball League with 4 home runs in 7 games (only 28 at-bats). Alex is coming off a strong season with the San Jose Giants, where the catcher batted .298 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI in 296 plate appearances. Alex is an alumnus of Washington State University.

Stay tuned for updates on your Volcanoes alumni; Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cameron Lamb well on his way to another Australian pennant race

Cameron Lamb and the Perth Heat on well on the road to another playoff spot in the Australian Baseball League. Lamb already has a ring with the Heat's ABL title last season and the Heat has started the season 7-0 as a team in the six-squad league.

Cameron this year is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 4.2 innings. Combined, Cameron has an ABL record 4-1 and ERA around 4.00.

Volcanoes Watching will be giving you updates on Cameron and the Heat all season long. The ABL wraps up their season about the start of MLB pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training. Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Volcanoes lead AFL team statistics

As the 2011 season is in its final stretch for some key Volcanoes prospects, fans of the Arizona Fall League are seeing first-hand the caliber of prospects that come out of Salem-Keizer.

At time of publication, Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11) is now second on the Scottsdale Scorpions in batting average .321, is tied for the lead in hits 26, and second in total bases (36).

Seth Rosin (Volcanoes '10) leads the Scorpions with a 0.82 ERA in 11 relief innings pitched.

Stephen Harrold (Volcanoes '10) is tops on the Scorpions pitching staff with 3 wins.

Starting Monday, the Scorpions play their last four games of 2011 after which, the Volcanoes prospects get about 90 days "rest" before the start of 2012 Spring Training.

Stay tuned for all the updates of your Volcanoes alumni; Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Another two-hit night for Panik sparks Scorpions victory

Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11)  had another two-hit night, including a critical double as the Scottsdale Scorpions topped Phoenix 3-2 tonight in AFL action.

Joe is batting .316 in the AFL - and for context, his Scorpions team mate and #2 Minor League prospect Bryce Harper is batting just five points higher at .321. Joe is making a strong case for seeing some Double A time in 2012.

Stephen Harrold (Volcanoes '10) pitched a perfect inning - striking out 2, got the hold and lowered his AFL era to 1.88.

In other Volcanoes alumni news, Cameron Lamb (Volcanoes '11) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings tonight to help Perth start their Australian Baseball League campaign at 4-0. Cameron has a 0.00 ERA in 3.2 innings pitched.

Stay tuned for all the updates on your alumni; Volcanoes baseball where Giants dreams begin.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Panik's RBI Double secures AFL win

Joe Panik's  (Volcanoes '11) RBI double secured the Scottsdale Scorpions 2-0 victory over Surprise in AFL baseball on Thursday.

Joe made his only at-bat of the night count and in his double, raised his batting average to .307. The Scorpions improved to 12-16 on the season.

In news from the big club, while the six-time World Champion, Giants have said Eric Surkamp (Volcanoes '08) is most likely not pegged to be the team's fifth starter, Eric will have his chance to make his case in Spring Training.

Eric has a career Minor League record of 26-13 and a 2.85 ERA; getting his first shot in The Show last September, Eric went 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA.

Stay tuned for all the details on your Volcanoes alumni -- Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Another two-hit night for Panik

Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11) is finishing his first professional season on a strong note - get another two hits for the Scorpions tonight in their 5-0 loss to Phoenix.

Joe is batting .297 in the Arizona Fall League combined with his MVP season with the Volcanoes has 112 hits in 340 at-bats (.330 average).

Joe and the Scorpions host Surprise tomorrow; stay tuned for all the details -- Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Volcanoes Harrold gets AFL save

Stephen Harrold (Volcanoes '10) continued his very strong Arizona Fall League campaign recording the save in Scottsdale's 2-0 shutout of Salt River.

Here's Stephen AFL line as of tonight: 3-0, 2.19 ERA, 1 SV, 12 strike outs, 4 walks in 12.1 innings. Impressive enough especially considering Scottsdale is 11-17.

Stephen and the Scorpions are back in action tomorrow against Salt River. Stay tuned for all the updates of your Volcanoes alumni; Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Giants get Melky Cabrera for Volcanoes alumni Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo

The six-time World Series Champion, San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Melky Cabrera for Volcanoes alums Jonathan Sanchez (Volcanoes '04) and Ryan Verdugo (Volcanoes '08).

The trade is win-win in that Jonathan will get a shot to help turn around the Royals pitching staff; Ryan will get a better chance breaking into the show; and the '10 World Champs get a well-rounded, dangerous bat in the line-up with Melky.

In other news around the organization; Tim Lincecum (Volcanoes '06) was named Giants pitcher of the year from MLB.com; Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '08) was named Giants player of the year.

The looks to be the start of an action-packed "off season" - stay tuned for all the Volcanoes exclusive; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Volcanoes Lamb sees team in First Place

Cameron Lamb (Volcanoes '11) and the defending Australian Baseball League Champion, Perth Heat are off to a strong 3-0 start in their regular season. Cameron is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 2 innings pitched.

There are six teams in the ABL with the top four making the playoffs starting late January.

In other winter news; Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11) and the Scottsdale Scorpions start their final stretch of 10 games this 2011 Arizona Fall League season. The Scorpions sit at 10-16, 3rd place in the AFL East.

Stay tuned for all the updates of your Volcanoes alumni; Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Panik makes AFL All-Star team

Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11) was named to the 2011 AFL All-Star team and made two plate appearances in the game. Joe's East team fell to the West, 11-2. Traditionally, the AFL All-Star team is loaded with players who in 1-3 years are successful Major League starters in their respective positions.

Click here to view the official box score from MLB.com.

In other Volcanoes alumni news: Buster Posey (Volcanoes '08) is interviewed on the Giants web site and gives a positive and candid look into his rehab from injury (click here).

And remember, you can help vote Volcanoes alum, Ryan Vogelsong (Volcanoes '98) for MLB Break-out Player of the Year (click here).

Stay tuned for all your Volcanoes updates -- Volcanoes baseball, where Giants dreams begin.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Panik, Crawford hit in AFL, Lamb wins in Australia

Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11) has two hits to raise his average over .310 and Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08)  had his second home run of the fall as the Scorpions are up 8-0 over Phoenix after seven innings (time of publication) in Arizona Fall League action.

Joe has 10 hits in his last 11 games and has raised his batting average more than 140 points during that stretch.

In the Australian Baseball League, Cameron Lamb (Volcanoes '11) pitched 2 hitless innings to get the win as the Perth Heat won on Opening Night, 6-1 over Adelaide.

In Taiwan, Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '08) is a part of the MLB All-Star tour and was featured on MLB.com (click here to read).

Volcanoes alumni are back in action around the world tomorrow - stay tuned. Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Volcanoes alums Panik, Brown 2011 Topps/Minor League Player of the Year winners

Volcanoes alums Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11) and Gary Brown (Volcanoes '10) were named in the class of 2011 Topps/Minor League Player of the Year winners. The annual George M. Trautman Awards go to the top players in the 16 Minor Leagues in the United States.

It's a tremendous honor and all Volcanoes Nation salutes Joe and Gary for their stand out years. Congratulations!

Joe celebrated tonight going 4-for-5 with a 2B in the Scorpions 10-6 win against Surprise. In past weeks, Joe has improved his Arizona Fall League average by 100 points and now is batting .295. Stephen Harrold pitched two innings yielding no runs and only one hit. Stephen's AFL ERA is 2.19.

Stay tuned for all the updates from your Volcanoes alumni; Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dream

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Volcanoes alum Crawford gets hit, RBI in AFL action

Brandon Crawford (Volcanoes '08) continues his strong Arizona Fall League campaign with a single and RBI tonight; at time of publication, the Scorpions and Surprise were in the 8th inning.

Brandon is batting .327 this season with a .833 OPS; translation, Brandon hits for both power and average.

In other Volcanoes news, MLB.com did a feature on Gary Brown (Volcanoes '10) (click here) and his continued rise through the Giants organization.

The Giants also report they like the progress Buster Posey in his quest to take the plate starting Spring Training (click here).

Lots of action tomorrow with Volcanoes up for awards, playing in the AFL, the opening day of the Australian League and the MLB All-Star tour of Asia. Stay tuned for all the updates: Volcanoes baseball - where Giants dreams begin.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Panik's home run difference in Scorpions victory

Joe Panik (Volcanoes '11) went 2-for-4 with his second home run of the season to help the Scottsdale Scorpions defeat Peoria 6-4.

Joe has hit in 9-of-10 games and improved his AFL batting average to .250 for the fall season. The Scorpions (7-15, 3rd AFL East) host Surprise tomorrow.

In other Volcanoes alumni news, Pablo Sandoval (Volcanoes '08) had a plate appearance today as the MLB All-Stars topped the Chinese Taipei team 7-0. Both squads are back in action tomorrow (game on MLB Network).

Stay tuned for all the updates of your Volcanoes alumni; Volcanoes Watching, where Giants dreams begin.