Saturday, February 23, 2013

Adios, Conor Gillaspie

The inevitable happened with the Giants trading away Conor Gillaspie -- who was out of options-- to the Chisox for a guy who sounds like a decent pitching prospect, per Andrew Baggarly at CSN Bay Area. 

The new guys is Jeff Soptic, who will be 22 in April. Baggarly reports he's been clocked in the upper 90s.  

Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune says that the Giants front office (Dick Tidrow) and coaching staff may be able to improve Soptic's mechanics-- 

Tidrow's specialty is pitching, and he also lives not far from where Soptic drew the attention of scouts and became the Sox's third round pick in the 2011 draft. Tidrow evaluates potential high draft picks as well as major league players the Giants have interest in acquiring, so it wouldn't be surprising if Tidrow saw Soptic pitch at least once.
The Giants, like the Sox, tend to prefer power arms that they can sculpt into better pitchers by improving their control with the help of their instructors.

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