Sunday, March 27, 2016

Trevor Brown, Ehire Adrianza in the Orange and Black

Trevor Brown, Ehire Adrianza, Kelby Tomlinson and Gregor Blanco -- that looks like the Giants bench for the April 4 opening day

Here's what Chris Haft of mlb.com wrote on Sunday --


The Giants essentially finalized their Opening Day roster after Sunday's 13-9 loss to the Chicago White Sox, trimming their squad to 26 by jettisoning nine players.
San Francisco optioned outfielders Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson, as well as right-hander Mike Broadway, to Triple-A Sacramento. Non-roster invitees reassigned to Minor League camp were left-hander Braulio Lara, catcher George Kottaras, outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and infielders Conor Gillaspie, Grant Green and Ramiro Pena.
The lone remaining move the Giants must make to reach the 25-man season-opening limit involves backup catchers Trevor Brown and Andrew Susac. Chances are that Susac, who's recovering from a right wrist injury, will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list. Also, Brown is out-hitting Susac in Cactus League action, .324 to .217.
Otherwise, all of the Giants' roster-related issues have been settled, at least until management feels the need to make personnel changes.
The pitching staff will indeed consist of 13 members, one more than the Giants would prefer. But since injuries have prevented starters Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain from building enough stamina to work deep into ballgames, manager Bruce Bochy needs an extra reliever available.

Thus, the Giants' bench will consist of switch-hitting infielder Ehire Adrianza, right-handed-hitting infielder Kelby Tomlinson, left-handed-hitting outfielder Gregor Blanco and the backup catcher. All-Star catcher Buster Posey will double as the reserve first baseman, though Adrianza and Brown received a smattering of experience at that spot this spring.
Bochy began Spring Training announcing that the talented Williamson probably would need more Minor League seasoning. This created the implication that Parker would have a chance at making the team. Instead, they're both bound for Sacramento, with Williamson (.298, five home runs, 14 RBIs) having outperformed Parker (.239, three homers, 11 RBIs).
• Brown won the Barney Nugent Award as the club's top performer who was in his first big league camp. He emerged victorious in a vote among teammates, coaches and the medical and training staffs. Third baseman Matt Duffy was last year's winner; the most accomplished recipient since the award's inception in 1988 was right-hander Tim Lincecum in 2007.

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