Minor League Notes: Ty Blach And A Debut

By Matt Cowlishaw

A name that continues to emerge in the minors for the Giants is LHP Ty Blach.  Every time I look it seems like this guy is having another good game for the Class A San Jose Giants, so let’s take a peek:

Jun 18, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Giants pitcher Ty Blach (48) during the second inning of the California League vs Carolina League All Star Game at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Blach’s Friday (7/12) stat line: 6IP, 7 hits, 2ER, 0 BB, 10 K’s.

Ty Blach was a 2012 5th round draft pick (178th overall) of the San Francisco Giants out of Creighton University.  So far in 2013, Blach has compiled a 10-3 record while posting a 2.63 ERA for the Single A San Jose Giants.  But here is the stat that really stands out: Blach has struck out 91 and only walked 9 in 95.2 IP. Yes, a 91/9 ratio. This is an impressive stat for anyone, but especially for a guy pitching in his 1st professional season.

According to MLB.com, Ty Blach’s fastball sits in the low 90’s but he is capable of putting a little something extra on the heater.  Blach’s changeup is his main out pitch, and also possesses a curve/slider combo.  Named the California League Pitcher of the Week on May 27th and a California League All Star, Blach has had quite a successful start to his career.

With a pitching staff in San Jose that includes the likes of well known San Francisco prospects Kyle Crick and Clayton Blackburn, it might be easy to overlook Ty Blach. But if these numbers keep up, expect to see Ty move quickly through the system. Always keep an eye out for the guy with the 91/9 K/BB ratio.

In other news from the minors Friday night — the San Francisco Giants 2013 3rd Round pick, RHP Chase Johnson (Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo) made his debut for the Short Season A Salem/Keizer Volcanoes.  Johnson had a very nice start: 4IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 5 K’s.
More news and notes from the Minor Leagues to come…