Formula of simplicity works well for fast-working River Cats left-hander Ty Blach, who hits his spots and relies on the defense behind him. His 13 wins leads the PCL and he looks ready to join the Giants’ 40-man roster in September.
Although he would rather be in San Francisco, where he played with the Giants through the first two months of the season before breaking his thumb, infielder Kelby Tomlinson is making the best of his situation with the Triple-A River Cats, compiling a 12-game hitting streak.
Miguel Olivo, who has played for seven major-league teams but might be better known for two incidents that made national headlines, signed a minor-league contract with the Giants in February. The River Cats’ backup catcher behind Andrew Susac is tied for third on the team with eight home runs, but he wants to finish his career in the big leagues.
Forbes lists the Sacramento River Cats, the San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, tops for 2016 in value at $49 million. The team’s value is up from $38 million in 2013, the last time the magazine published minor-league baseball valuations.
The Giants have called up 13 players from the Triple-A River Cats to fill holes in their injury-riddled lineup this season. Most of the call-ups have played well, helping the team stay in first place in the National League West with the third-best record in the majors.
Giants reliever Sergio Romo gave up a solo homer but struck out the side Monday night at Raley Field in his one inning pitched for the River Cats as he begins his rehab assignment for his strained right elbow.
In its second season affiliated with the San Francisco Giants, the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats baseball team continues to play up its connections to its agriculturally rich surroundings in the Farm-to-Fork Capital. Debuting this season: Sactown Smokehouse and bacon-wrapped hot dogs.