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Distractions gone, Beede ready for big jump

Giants' No. 2 prospect to compete for MLB job after moving past trade rumors, thoughts of promotion
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Though weddings can generate tension, Tyler Beede welcomed his nuptials as a source of stress relief.

The 24-year-old right-hander found himself mentioned frequently in trade rumors involving Giancarlo Stanton. Beede was said to be included in the package of players the Giants were preparing to send Miami in exchange for the slugger.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Though weddings can generate tension, Tyler Beede welcomed his nuptials as a source of stress relief.

The 24-year-old right-hander found himself mentioned frequently in trade rumors involving Giancarlo Stanton. Beede was said to be included in the package of players the Giants were preparing to send Miami in exchange for the slugger.

As the Giants' top pitching prospect, Beede wasn't expecting to become trade bait. Fortunately for him, he could focus on the vows he ultimately exchanged with his fiancee, Allie, on Nov. 26.

"I think I had a great distraction in that my wedding was going on within the week of the Stanton rumors, so I sort of had that to fall back on," Beede said recently at MLB's Rookie Career Development Program. "I tried to lay back and enjoy the wedding festivities that were going on and kind of let everything handle itself off the field."

Maintaining contact with Giants general manager Bobby Evans also helped Beede remain calm. Evans' reassurance, Beede said, "allowed me to have more peace with the process."

That process will switch to big league Spring Training camp next month in Scottsdale, Ariz., where Beede is expected to compete for a spot in San Francisco's starting rotation. The Giants could have as many as two vacancies in the five-man contingent. Having spent most of the previous three seasons pitching at Double-A or above, Beede feels ready to join what promises to be a spirited pursuit for those openings. Chris Stratton, Ty Blach and Andrew Suarez are among the other candidates.

Video: Bochy impressed with prospects Shaw and Beede

"I feel really good, real confident with what I'm doing," Beede said.

Rated the Giants' No. 2 prospect overall by MLB Pipeline, Beede might have received a promotion to San Francisco last year. But he was sidelined by a groin injury in late July.

Before that, Beede posted a 6-7 record with a 4.79 ERA in 19 starts for Triple-A Sacramento. He admitted that his seemingly impending ascent to San Francisco might have distracted him.

"If I had a good start, [I'd be] sitting there by the phone, waiting for a phone call. And that sort of got in my head," Beede said. "I think I needed to have a new perspective of why I was playing, my routine, my mindset. ... I think the injury put me in that new state of mind where you don't take it for granted where you're at."

When Beede does reach the Majors, he'll have the pointers he learned through the various seminars at the Rookie Career Development Program to guide him through his journey.

"It meant a lot," said Beede, who was selected by the Giants in the first round (14th overall) in the 2014 Draft. "I know how prestigious this is. I know how much you can learn from being here, the knowledge that they bring in on the panels and discussions for these meetings. It's great just to be a sponge, to learn things and implement them into my career, on and off the field. It's been awesome, and I've learned so much while I've been here."

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

 

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Giants get reliever, lose Suarez in Rule 5 Draft

Club high on right-hander Fernandez from Rockies organization
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Giants gained a potential Major Leaguer and lost a proven one in Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft, which unofficially concluded baseball's Winter Meetings.

With the Draft's No. 2 overall selection, San Francisco selected right-hander Julian Fernandez from the Colorado Rockies' Class A Asheville roster.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Giants gained a potential Major Leaguer and lost a proven one in Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft, which unofficially concluded baseball's Winter Meetings.

With the Draft's No. 2 overall selection, San Francisco selected right-hander Julian Fernandez from the Colorado Rockies' Class A Asheville roster.

:: Rule 5 Draft coverage ::

Later in the first round, the Giants bade farewell to right-hander Albert Suarez, who was drafted by Arizona. Suarez made 40 appearances for the Giants in the previous two seasons.

2017 Rule 5 Draft results: Pick-by-pick

The Giants thus broke even in the Draft's Major League portion. Each draftee costs the selecting team $100,000. If the player doesn't stay on that club's 25-man Major League roster all season, he must be offered back to his original team for $50,000. Often, the teams engineer a deal, such as a minor trade, to enable the selecting team to keep the draftee and send him to the Minors.

Fernandez has some Chapman velocity

Fernandez, 22, finished 1-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 51 relief appearances for Asheville in the South Atlantic League. He also struck out 57 and walked 18 in 58 innings during his fifth professional season. He recorded three saves in six opportunities in 2017, one season after he went 13-for-13 in save chances with Class A Short Season Boise.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said that Fernandez possesses a "plus-plus" fastball that can reach 100 mph.

"His breaking stuff is not as consistent but has upside," Evans said.

Rockies player personnel director Zach Wilson said that Fernandez's selection wasn't surprising, "considering that he has one of the better fastballs you're going to see. Everybody knows this guy's velocity. It's a big arm and he's got tremendous potential, certainly. And certainly, we liked him. So we wish him well right now. Who knows what's going to happen?"

The Giants relied on Suarez to perform a variety of roles in 2016, when he finished 3-5 with a 4.29 ERA in 22 appearances (12 starts). This year he was 0-3 with a 5.12 ERA in 18 games.

The Giants opened the Draft's Triple-A phase by selecting right-hander Eduardo Rivera from the Reds organization. Then the Giants lost three farmhands: first baseman Skyler Ewing, who was drafted by the Braves; catcher Martin Cervenka (Orioles) and right-hander Andrew Muren (Blue Jays).

In Round 2 of the Triple-A Draft, the Giants snatched up shortstop Wander Franco from the Royals organization.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

 

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Bochy sees confident start as key to 2018

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Bruce Bochy would like to see the Giants begin next season with a certain edge.

The Giants manager expressed confidence Tuesday at baseball's Winter Meetings that his ballclub can regain the quiet, almost-but-not-quite-smug confidence it maintained for years. But, Bochy said, the Giants will need a few more early-season wins than they engineered last season.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Bruce Bochy would like to see the Giants begin next season with a certain edge.

The Giants manager expressed confidence Tuesday at baseball's Winter Meetings that his ballclub can regain the quiet, almost-but-not-quite-smug confidence it maintained for years. But, Bochy said, the Giants will need a few more early-season wins than they engineered last season.

And the players must develop a healthy springtime outlook to pave the way toward that instant success.

"When you're coming off a very tough season like we had, for the psyche of the ballclub, I think it would be important to get off to a good start to get their confidence -- their swagger, so to speak -- back," Bochy said.

"Not that I'm worried about their confidence, because our core players are there and they have been through it. I'm hoping that they all come in a little ticked off about what happened last year and come in with an attitude, so that's going to make a difference, too."

Bochy addressed other subjects during his media availability, including:

• Chris Shaw, the organization's second-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com. The power hitter is being moved from first base to left field in an effort to get him in the lineup, which might not happen until 2019.

"Chris is knocking on the door," Bochy said. "He's intriguing."

Video: Bochy impressed with prospects Shaw and Beede

• The recoveries of right-hander Mark Melancon and left-hander Will Smith from forearm and Tommy John surgeries, respectively.

"They're coming along just fine and I look forward to seeing them both in Spring Training," Bochy said. "It's going to be nice to have those two healthy."

• Whether Smith will be healed enough to open the season with San Francisco.

"Obviously, we'll see where he's at when he's in Spring Training," Bochy said. "... I can answer it better once we get there and see how he's throwing the ball. We'll have to keep a watchful eye on him this spring."

Rule 5 pick a possibility: Having received a No. 2 overall pick as the result of their 64-98 finish last season, the Giants will consider selecting a player in the annual Rule 5 Draft, general manager Bobby Evans said. The Giants have rarely felt compelled to dive into the Rule 5 Draft, in which teams are allowed to pluck Minor Leaguers from other organizations who are left off the 40-man roster and thus unprotected from the Draft. With such a high pick this year, the Giants might be able to choose a prospect who's more Major League-ready than those in the pool of players usually available to them.

Each draftee costs the selecting team $100,000. If the player doesn't stay on that club's 25-man Major League roster all season, he must be offered back to his original team for $50,000. Often, the teams engineer a deal, such as a minor trade, to enable the selecting team to keep the draftee and send him to the Minors.

In mourning: The Giants' family mourned the death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died of a heart attack early Tuesday at 65.

"Just horrible news," Bochy said. "I just found out really an hour ago, and I had the chance to spend some time with him. He's just a huge supporter of the Giants and I just loved his enthusiasm. You saw him during the parades, and when he came to the ballpark, he had a real passion ... for the Giants and the city of San Francisco.

"So it's a tough loss for the city, a real sad day, and I feel for his family, how sudden this happened. We're going to miss him."

Video: Bochy reacts to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's passing

Club president and chief executive officer Larry Baer called the organization "deeply saddened and shocked" to hear of Lee's death.

"He was a true San Franciscan who devoted his life to serving our great city and to supporting those most in need," Baer said in a statement. "He was the Giants' No. 1 fan and we are blessed to have shared so many wonderful memories together. He will be dearly missed by everyone in our organization."

Renel Brooks-Moon, the public-address announcer at AT&T Park, tweeted the following remarks with a photograph of her and Lee:

"In shock & devastated. Prayers for Mrs. Lee & the family. It was an honor to serve SF under his leadership. He always jokingly & lovingly asked me to give him 1 of my WS rings."

Tweet from @RenelSFVoyce: In shock & devastated. Prayers for Mrs. Lee & the family. It was an honor to serve SF under his leadership. He always jokingly & lovingly asked me to give him 1 of my WS rings. Here we are celebrating Dubs 2015 championship. #ripmayorlee 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/kP9DQ2o7wY

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

 

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Source: Giants meet face-to-face with Ohtani

San Francisco also linked to Stanton trade speculation
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One day after the baseball world learned that Japanese star Shohei Ohtani had narrowed his search to seven teams, the Giants were the first club revealed to meet with Ohtani, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

San Francisco -- also the first club to meet with Giancarlo Stanton last week -- sent a large group of officials who met with Ohtani on Monday in Los Angeles, according to a report from NBC Sports. The club has not commented on the reports.

One day after the baseball world learned that Japanese star Shohei Ohtani had narrowed his search to seven teams, the Giants were the first club revealed to meet with Ohtani, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

San Francisco -- also the first club to meet with Giancarlo Stanton last week -- sent a large group of officials who met with Ohtani on Monday in Los Angeles, according to a report from NBC Sports. The club has not commented on the reports.

The Giants' contingent included executive vice president Brian Sabean, general manager Bobby Evans and manager Bruce Bochy, along with All-Star catcher and former National League MVP Award winner Buster Posey.

Hot Stove Tracker

Ohtani was officially posted by his Japanese club, the Nippon-Ham Fighters, on Friday after a new posting system was ratified unanimously by Major League clubs. Ohtani's representatives began informing teams Sunday whether they would get a chance to meet him in person, and 14 teams stated publicly that they were out of the mix. Per multiple reports, the seven clubs who remained in the running for Ohtani were the Giants, Angels, Cubs, Dodgers, Mariners, Padres and Rangers.

The Giants also have been the most aggressive team in pursuit of Stanton, alongside the Cardinals, though the Dodgers are said to be Stanton's preferred destination.

Video: MLB Tonight on how an AL or NL club should use Ohtani

Ohtani, 23, has stated his desire to be a two-way player in the Major Leagues, and Bochy told NBC Sports on Friday that San Francisco had mapped out a way in which Ohtani could get 300-400 at-bats in 2018.

"It's going to make it a little easier next year with our days off," Bochy said. "Looking at the new schedule ... he could play even more because he'll get that additional rest."

Ohtani represents one of the most intriguing free agents in years because of his talent on both sides of the field and his unique situation. Because Ohtani is below the age of 25, he is subject to limitations placed on amateur players residing outside the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. That means he'll sign a Minor League contract with a club and make the MLB minimum salary of $545,000 upon being added to the big league roster. The $20 million posting fee, which goes to the Nippon-Ham Fighters, plus that MLB minimum salary is what it would cost a team to land him, making the market for him wide open.

The Rangers have the most international bonus money to offer Ohtani at $3.53 million, while the Giants are limited to $300,000. Financial considerations are not thought to be the top item on Ohtani's checklist, however, considering he would be in line to earn much more had he waited another two years before coming to the United States.

San Francisco is coming off a season in which it finished tied for the Majors' worst record at 64-98, but the Giants have been openly aggressive this offseason in an attempt to return to the form that netted three World Series titles in five seasons from 2010-14.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

 

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Prospect Beede among 4 added to 40-man

SF's Herb, Snelton and Garcia also protected from Rule 5 Draft
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Highly rated pitching prospect Tyler Beede was among four players the Giants added to their 40-man roster Monday.

Right-hander Tyler Herb, left-hander D.J. Snelton and catcher Aramis Garcia also joined the 40-man contingent before Monday's 5 p.m. PT deadline to protect players from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Highly rated pitching prospect Tyler Beede was among four players the Giants added to their 40-man roster Monday.

Right-hander Tyler Herb, left-hander D.J. Snelton and catcher Aramis Garcia also joined the 40-man contingent before Monday's 5 p.m. PT deadline to protect players from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

Hot Stove Tracker

A groin injury limited Beede, ranked San Francisco's No. 3 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, to 19 starts this past season with Triple-A Sacramento. He finished 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 109 innings.

Rated eighth among the franchise's prospects by MLBPipeline.com, Garcia was named a midseason and postseason All-Star while hitting .272 with 17 homers and 65 RBIs for Class A Advanced San Jose. He proceeded to hit .282 in 22 games for Double-A Richmond. Garcia was recently named a "Rising Star" in the Arizona Fall League.

Acquired from Seattle to complete the Chris Heston trade, Herb posted a 2-3 record with a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts (one complete game) for Richmond in 2017. He struck out 48 batters in 65 1/3 innings and limited Eastern League batters to a .246 average.

Possessing intimidating size (6-foot-7, 245 pounds), Snelton divided his season between Richmond and Sacramento while compiling an 8-1 record with a 2.20 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 73 2/3 innings.

The Giants also designated infielder Orlando Calixte and outfielder Micah Johnson for assignment and outrighted right-handed pitcher Dan Slania to Sacramento. Infielder Engelb Vielma was claimed off waivers by Philadelphia. With the additions of Beede, Herb, Snelten and Garcia, the Giants' 40-man roster is full.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

 

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Giants' Arizona Fall League overview

Shaw working on outfield defense, leads San Francisco's AFL crop
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Chris Shaw is the Giants' most advanced position prospect. He led all of the their minor leaguers in home runs (24), extra-base hits (60), RBIs (79), slugging (.525) and OPS (.871) while splitting 2017 between Double-A and Triple-A.

Despite that success, Shaw still has plenty to work on in the Arizona Fall League. He said he was excited to return to Scottsdale, which is also San Francisco's Spring Training base, to play for the Scorpions.

Chris Shaw is the Giants' most advanced position prospect. He led all of the their minor leaguers in home runs (24), extra-base hits (60), RBIs (79), slugging (.525) and OPS (.871) while splitting 2017 between Double-A and Triple-A.

Despite that success, Shaw still has plenty to work on in the Arizona Fall League. He said he was excited to return to Scottsdale, which is also San Francisco's Spring Training base, to play for the Scorpions.

Giants' Top 30 Prospects list

"It's a tremendous honor to come play in this league," Shaw said. "It's extremely prestigious and it's a great opportunity to come out here and work on what are going to be the separating factors to allow me to get to the big leagues."

Shaw, 23, was the best college power hitter available in the 2015 Draft. He led the Cape Cod League with eight homers the previous summer and topped the short-season Northwest League with 12 in his pro debut after signing for $1.4 million as a first-round pick out of Boston College. His 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame gives the left-handed hitter considerable strength and leverage, producing power to all fields.

He batted a combined .292/.346/.525 this year, solving Double-A after struggling at that level in the second half of 2016, then continued to thrive in Triple-A. While he said he feels good about the numbers he posted, he would like to develop more patience at the plate. He walked 18 times versus 26 strikeouts in 37 games at Double-A Richmond but had just 20 walks while whiffing 106 times in 88 contests at Triple-A Sacramento.

"I had a really good walk-to-strikeout ratio while I was in Richmond," Shaw said. "Then I think getting up to a better hitting league, I got a little more aggressive because I felt I could drive the ball out of the park a little easier. Playing in Richmond, it's such a big yard, I was a lot more patient.

"I think that's something as a hitter, getting older and more mature, you start to realize when to pick your spots and when to really hone in on a pitch you can drive, versus swinging at a curveball early in the count that's a ball for a strike, and then you're ruining your count for that at-bat. That's definitely something I want to work on in the Fall League."

After spending most of his college career in right field, Shaw played exclusively at first base in his first two pro seasons. Because the Giants have Brandon Belt signed through 2021, they moved Shaw to left field this year. Though his well below-average speed limits his range, he has some surprising athleticism for his size and possesses solid strength.

His outfield defense remains a work in progress, but Shaw said he thinks he can handle left field at the big league level. He'll use his AFL time to continue to improve.

"Just getting more comfortable in left field and getting more acclimated to the routes I have to take," he said. "Thinking ahead, count, batter, all that type of stuff that's going to help me get an edge because I'm not the fastest guy out there. But there's no reason I can't be a smart outfielder. ... The way they explained it to me, coming out here is a chance to really hone in and get better defensively."

Giants hitters in the Fall League

Steven Duggar, OF (Giants' No. 7 prospect)
Aramis Garcia, C (No. 8)

A 2015 sixth-round pick out of Clemson, Duggar is one of the best all-around prospects in San Francisco's system, featuring hitting ability, raw power, well above-average speed, center-field chops and a strong arm. Hampered by forearm and hamstring injuries this year, he batted .262/.365/.445 with six homers and 10 steals in 44 games, mostly in high Class A.

Garcia, who hit .191/.304/.277 for Scottsdale last fall, is back with the Scorpions and has a chance to contribute on both sides of the ball. The 2014 second-rounder from Florida International is improving defensively and batted .274/.323/.485 with 17 homers in 103 games between high Class A and Double-A.

Giants pitchers in the Fall League

Tyler Beede, RHP (No. 3)
Tyler Cyr, RHP
Joan Gregorio, RHP (No. 12)
D.J. Snelten, LHP

Beede has yet to report to the Scorpions as he continues his recovery from a late-season groin injury. A Vanderbilt product taken with the 14th overall choice in 2014, he can show a plus fastball and changeup at times but struggled in Triple-A, going 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 109 innings over 19 starts.

Cyr has advanced quickly since signing as a 10th-rounder out of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) in 2015. Primarily using a fastball that sits at 92-94 mph and a curveball, he recorded 18 saves and a 2.19 ERA in Double-A while fanning 57 in 49 1/3 innings.

Gregorio might have joined the Giants this summer if he hadn't been issued a season-ending suspension on July 1 after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The 6-foot-7 Dominican has a 91-96 mph fastball with angle and plane and flashes a solid slider. He went 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 74 innings over 13 Triple-A starts.

A 2013 ninth-rounder from Minnesota, Snelten has an 89-93 mph fastball and an effective changeup. He's coming off his best season, having gone 8-1 with a 2.20 ERA and a 71/23 K/BB ratio in 73 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

 

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Shaw, Suarez named Giants Prospects of the Year

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Outfielder/first baseman Chris Shaw and left-hander Andrew Suarez, named the Giants' Prospects of the Year, have timing on their side.

Several of the Giants' top farmhands made their Major League debuts this year, including infielder Christian Arroyo, infielder-outfielder Ryder Jones, outfielder Austin Slater and right-hander Kyle Crick.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Outfielder/first baseman Chris Shaw and left-hander Andrew Suarez, named the Giants' Prospects of the Year, have timing on their side.

Several of the Giants' top farmhands made their Major League debuts this year, including infielder Christian Arroyo, infielder-outfielder Ryder Jones, outfielder Austin Slater and right-hander Kyle Crick.

Giants' Prospects of the Year

This personnel influx created fresh vacancies in the Giants' on-deck circle of prospects. Only right-hander Tyler Beede can be considered a holdover from the Giants' previous group of players for whom a big league promotion appeared imminent. Shaw, who will turn 24 on Oct. 20, and Suarez, 25, are leaders of the next wave. They're ranked No. 2 and No. 11 on the Giants' Top 30 Prospects list

Each team's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLBPipeline.com staff. To receive consideration, individuals must have spent at least half the year in the Minors, appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list and played the entire year in the organization.

Having played first base for most of his professional career, Shaw is attempting to master left field. It's the most likely spot for the left-handed hitter to occupy, since Brandon Belt is entrenched at first base in San Francisco.

Shaw, the 31st overall selection in the 2015 Draft, is the Giants' most impressive power-hitting prospect. He batted .292 with 24 home runs and 79 RBIs while dividing the year between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento.

Given his 38 walks and 132 strikeouts in 469 at-bats this season, Shaw must learn a thing or two about plate discipline. But there's no denying his slugging potential.

"Right now, he hits the ball really hard but lines out a lot," said catcher Tim Federowicz, who spent most of the season with Sacramento. "You see that with a lot of guys. Once they start lifting the ball, usually those line drives turn into homers. I could see him being one of those big-time home run hitters. Thirty or 40 a year."

"I think the sky's the limit for what he's shooting for offensively," Sacramento manager Dave Brundage said of Shaw. "Now we have to get him better defensively."

Suarez was drafted in the second-round (61st overall) in 2015. Neither of these credentials mean as much as the praise Federowicz once gave him. An ex-Dodger, Federowicz recalled feeling compelled to liken Suarez's slider to that of Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw, the ultimate lefty.

Video: Top Prospects: Andrew Suarez, LHP, Giants

Federowicz explained that the Kershaw comparison seemed apt for Suarez with "as hard as he throws it and the depth that he gets the majority of the time. He just has to get a little more consistent with it. He has a serviceable curveball and changeup. The more he works on his third and fourth pitches, the better he's going to become. Because his slider's big league ready right now."

Suarez, who finished a combined 10-10 with a 3.30 ERA at Richmond and Sacramento, must gain command of some of pitching's finer points, Federowicz said.

"He has to learn when to throw stuff for strikes or when to make guys chase. Work a little bit on finishing guys with two strikes with his fastball a little bit more."

Suarez showed promise with 135 strikeouts and 42 walks in 155 2/3 innings this year.

"I like his all-around game," Brundage said. "I like his demeanor. I like his preparation. He's a very astute young pitcher. Those are hard to come by. He's very well-rounded in all aspects of his game."

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

 

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Ramos, Gonzalez turning heads at Giants instructs

Top 2017 Draft picks lead crop putting in work in Scottsdale
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Heliot Ramos' professional career has only just begun. Yet the 19th overall pick in the 2017 Draft already has established that he has the highest ceiling among Giants prospects.

Ramos, ranked No. 4 on the Giants' Top 30 Prospects list, has a chance to have solid or better tools across the board, and few players in this year's Draft could match his combination of raw power and speed. After signing for $3,101,700, he made a seamless transition from Puerto Rican high school ball to the pros, leading the Rookie-level Arizona League in slugging (.645) while ranking second in batting (.348) and OPS (1.049). The lone negative came when Ramos sustained a season-ending concussion when hit in the head by a pitch on Aug. 20.

Heliot Ramos' professional career has only just begun. Yet the 19th overall pick in the 2017 Draft already has established that he has the highest ceiling among Giants prospects.

Ramos, ranked No. 4 on the Giants' Top 30 Prospects list, has a chance to have solid or better tools across the board, and few players in this year's Draft could match his combination of raw power and speed. After signing for $3,101,700, he made a seamless transition from Puerto Rican high school ball to the pros, leading the Rookie-level Arizona League in slugging (.645) while ranking second in batting (.348) and OPS (1.049). The lone negative came when Ramos sustained a season-ending concussion when hit in the head by a pitch on Aug. 20.

Ramos has returned to action at the Giants' instructional league camp in Scottsdale, Ariz., which opened Sept. 21 and will run through Oct. 20. He arrived four days late because of Hurricane Maria, but he quickly has made an impression on San Francisco's staff.

"We feel like we got a steal with him," said Kyle Haines, who managed the Giants' Double-A Richmond affiliate during the season and is running the instructional program. "You don't see guys capable of playing center field impact the ball like he does. He's a mature, strong young man who just turned 18.

"He's very impressive with his physical tools. I've also talked with him and he's a mature kid who wants to learn. He's energized and seems very motivated."

Ramos is just one of several interesting position prospects from San Francisco's 2017 Draft who's in Scottsdale. Second-rounder Jacob Gonzalez, the son of five-time All-Star and World Series hero Luis, finished third in the AZL batting race at .339 and fifth in on-base percentage at .418. His 6-foot-4, 203-pound frame gives him plenty of leverage and raw power, and the Scottsdale high school product continues to make strides with his hitting ability and his defense at third base.

Video: Top Prospects: Jacob Gonzalez, 3B, Giants

"He's just now growing into his body," Haines said. "He's a strong kid. As he has been working on his agility more, his third-base aptitude has increased as well. The bat is real. Between him and Ramos, we have two very good young hitters."

College outfielders Bryce Johnson (sixth round/Sam Houston State), Aaron Bond (12th/San Jacinto, Texas, JC) and Logan Baldwin (21st/Georgia Southern) are three more members of the Giants' 2017 Draft crop who have stood out in the early days of instructional league. Johnson, who led all 2017 draftees with 25 steals and placed second in the Class A Short-Season Northwest League in hitting (.329), has speed that earns well-above-average grades from some evaluators. Baldwin has similar quickness and beat him out for the NWL batting title at .342.

Bond helped San Jacinto to a runner-up finish at the Junior College World Series before placing third in the AZL in homers (eighth) and fourth in slugging (.565). He has better tools than the typical 12th-rounder.

"He told me he hadn't played much center field, and we put him there the other day and he ran down a ball in the gap like he was in the big leagues," Haines said. "He has size, room to get stronger and the ability to run with long strides. It's pretty intriguing."

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

 

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Moronta, Gomez called up, make MLB debuts

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DENVER -- As expected, outfielder Austin Slater and right-hander Reyes Moronta were among the Giants' callups prior to Tuesday's 9-6 loss to the Rockies, in addition to right-hander Roberto Gomez.

Moronta and Gomez both made their his Major League debuts on Tuesday.

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DENVER -- As expected, outfielder Austin Slater and right-hander Reyes Moronta were among the Giants' callups prior to Tuesday's 9-6 loss to the Rockies, in addition to right-hander Roberto Gomez.

Moronta and Gomez both made their his Major League debuts on Tuesday.

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Moronta, the club's No. 27 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, began the seventh, allowing one run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning and striking out one.

"He had some horrible luck, didn't he?" Bochy said of a bloop single by Nolan Arenado that put Moronta in a jam.

Gomez retired Trevor Story on a line drive to right field to end the seventh.

"Both of them had great stuff," Bochy said.

Asked if his appearance was a fun experience, Gomez said through an interpreter, "It wasn't as much fun as you might think. I went out there and took it seriously."

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Bochy indicated that Gomez (3-9, 4.07 ERA in 38 games at Triple-A Sacramento, including 13 starts) will be used in long relief. Moronta (3-1, 2.92 ERA with five saves in 34 games at Sacramento, Double-A Richmond and in the Arizona Rookie League) will appear in shorter stints.

"We need to take a load off guys," Bochy said. "The last thing we wanted to do was run short [of pitching] in September."

Bochy said that Slater, the club's No. 6 prospect, who recovered rapidly from a right groin strain that he sustained on July 7, will probably play every other day, as a precaution. He hit .290 in 29 games with the Giants before his injury.

To accommodate the additions to the 40-man roster, the Giants designated outfielder Carlos Moncrief for assignment.

Despite ranking among the Giants' leading prospects, outfielders Chris Shaw and Steven Duggar were not included in the final round of roster reinforcements. That's largely because the Giants have more ambitious plans for each of them -- more than receiving a handful of pinch-hit appearances and an occasional start in September.

Shaw and Duggar are the club's Nos. 2 and 7 prospects, respectively. Further reflecting their value, the pair will participate not only in the Arizona Fall League, but also at the Giants' instructional league camp. Both missed significant playing time with injuries this season.

In Shaw's case, working overtime will help him continue his transition to left field from first base. The Giants are less worried about Shaw's hitting, which included 24 home runs between time at Sacramento and Richmond.

"Those guys are on the radar," Bochy said.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

 

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Giants bring up four players as rosters expand

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants will summon lefty Steven Okert, righty Derek Law, catcher Tim Federowicz and utility man Orlando Calixte on Friday when rosters expand.

To make room for Federowicz, the only player not on the existing 40-man roster, the Giants outrighted Triple-A Sacramento infielder Jae-Gyun Hwang, making him ineligible to join the team's Major League roster in September.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants will summon lefty Steven Okert, righty Derek Law, catcher Tim Federowicz and utility man Orlando Calixte on Friday when rosters expand.

To make room for Federowicz, the only player not on the existing 40-man roster, the Giants outrighted Triple-A Sacramento infielder Jae-Gyun Hwang, making him ineligible to join the team's Major League roster in September.

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Hwang burst onto the scene in June when he homered in his first game in the Majors.

Of the two relievers set to join the Giants, Law owns a better ERA. He had a 3-1 record and 5.40 ERA while with the Giants in April, May and June. Okert, meanwhile, posted a 6.75 ERA in 32 games for the Giants this season.

Federowicz joined the San Francisco organization before the season via the Cubs and appeared in two games in April when Buster Posey landed on the concussion disabled list. He slashed .300/.366/.463 this season for Triple-A Sacramento with nine home runs and 43 RBIs.

Of the four, Calixte is the player who most recently played in the Majors. He's hit .176 this season for the Giants in 34 at-bats.

Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

 

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Shaw joins Giants' Arizona Fall League roster

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SAN DIEGO -- Chris Shaw, the Giants' top outfield prospect, will attempt to develop his power and sharpen his defensive skills by joining the organization's Arizona Fall League contingent on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster.

Entering Friday, Shaw has hit 22 home runs in 119 games with Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento, his current affiliate. The left-handed batter has a .293/.347/.521 slash line.

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SAN DIEGO -- Chris Shaw, the Giants' top outfield prospect, will attempt to develop his power and sharpen his defensive skills by joining the organization's Arizona Fall League contingent on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster.

Entering Friday, Shaw has hit 22 home runs in 119 games with Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento, his current affiliate. The left-handed batter has a .293/.347/.521 slash line.

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Finding a suitable position for Shaw, 23, has been a challenge for the Giants. This season, the Boston College product has made 88 starts in left field and 18 at first base.

MLBPipeline.com ranked Shaw as the Giants' No. 2 prospect, behind infielder Christian Arroyo.

Right-handers Tyler Beede and Tyler Cyr, outfielder Steven Duggar and catcher Aramis Garcia were named Tuesday to play for the Scorpions, the traditional AFL haven for Giants prospects.

Worth noting

• Manager Bruce Bochy said that catcher Buster Posey (bruised left thumb) will return to the Giants' lineup "hopefully, maybe tomorrow."

• Bochy added that outfielder Austin Slater likely will start his Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment with Sacramento on Friday. Unfortunately for Slater and the Giants, the River Cats have only four games remaining. Slater may have to reclaim his playing shape by working out and making late-inning appearances with the Giants.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

 

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Beede, Duggar highlight Giants headed to AFL

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SAN DIEGO -- The Giants will use the Arizona Fall League season as a form of workers' compensation. That is, certain Minor Leaguers will receive extra work to compensate for playing time they missed this year due to injury.

Right-hander Tyler Beede, the Giants' top pitching prospect, and outfielder Steven Duggar, who could emerge as a candidate to make next year's Opening Day roster, are among the farmhands named Tuesday to participate for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the AFL campaign that opens in early October.

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SAN DIEGO -- The Giants will use the Arizona Fall League season as a form of workers' compensation. That is, certain Minor Leaguers will receive extra work to compensate for playing time they missed this year due to injury.

Right-hander Tyler Beede, the Giants' top pitching prospect, and outfielder Steven Duggar, who could emerge as a candidate to make next year's Opening Day roster, are among the farmhands named Tuesday to participate for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the AFL campaign that opens in early October.

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Typically, players chosen for the AFL are considered close to reaching the Majors. Both Beede, who was limited to 19 starts by a groin injury, and Duggar, who had appeared in 38 games entering Tuesday after enduring elbow and hamstring ailments, might have been promoted to San Francisco by now had they remained healthy.

Beede, ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Giants' No. 3 prospect overall, and Duggar, rated seventh in San Francisco's system, will be joined by at least two other players from the organization: right-handed reliever Tyler Cyr and catcher Aramis Garcia, the Giants' eighth-ranked prospect. Both are currently stationed at Double-A Richmond.

Giants first baseman-outfielder Ryder Jones, who posted a .302/.380/.429 slash line with Scottsdale last fall, agreed with the widely held notion that an AFL stint can serve as the final boost a player needs to reach the Majors.

"The competition is obviously really good," Jones said. "It's kind of your first taste of big league-caliber arms."

Or bats, for pitchers. Chris Stratton made six AFL starts last year; he has advanced to San Francisco's rotation.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects the 24-year-old Beede, who went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA before being sidelined, to make his presence felt at Spring Training next year.

"He's somebody who'll be competing to be on our club, whether it's in the rotation or the bullpen," Bochy said.

Duggar, 23, is currently Triple-A Sacramento's starting center fielder, though he has received most of his activity this year with Class A Advanced San Jose. He entered Tuesday batting .252/.360/.446 overall.

Garcia, 24, played in the AFL last year after a horrific facial fracture sustained in a baserunning collision limited him to 47 games in the Minors. He began Tuesday hitting .269/.319./481 in 99 games for Richmond and San Jose.

Cyr, had appeared in 45 games before Tuesday and owned a 4-2 record with a 2.09 ERA and 18 saves in 20 chances.

• Asked about the status of first baseman Brandon Belt, who remains sidelined with concussion symptoms, Bochy said cautiously, "I think he'll play this year," though he indicated nothing was certain.

• Outfielder Austin Slater (right groin strain) has graduated to performing baserunning drills and could begin a Minor League injury rehabilitation stint as early as this weekend, Bochy said.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

 

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Giants trade Nunez to Boston for 2 prospects

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Realizing that Eduardo Nunez was more valuable to them as a trade commodity than as a presence in their lineup, the Giants sent the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night for two Minor League pitchers.

The Minor Leaguers obtained by San Francisco are Shaun Anderson, 22, and Gregory Santos, 17. Anderson, who was No. 18 on the Red Sox's Top 30 Prospects list at the time of the trade, posted a 6-3 record and a 3.42 ERA at two Minor League classifications. He enters the the Giants' Top 30 list at No. 17. Santos had been pitching for Boston's Dominican Summer League affiliate.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Realizing that Eduardo Nunez was more valuable to them as a trade commodity than as a presence in their lineup, the Giants sent the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night for two Minor League pitchers.

The Minor Leaguers obtained by San Francisco are Shaun Anderson, 22, and Gregory Santos, 17. Anderson, who was No. 18 on the Red Sox's Top 30 Prospects list at the time of the trade, posted a 6-3 record and a 3.42 ERA at two Minor League classifications. He enters the the Giants' Top 30 list at No. 17. Santos had been pitching for Boston's Dominican Summer League affiliate.

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The deal was finalized during the Giants' 11-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, creating a bittersweet scene during the fifth inning. Television cameras caught a sad-faced Nunez embracing teammates as he made his way from the dugout to the Giants' clubhouse at AT&T Park one final time.

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Nunez, 30, had confronted widespread rumors that he would be involved in a Trade Deadline deal for the second year in a row. The Giants obtained him last July 28 from Minnesota for left-hander Adalberto Mejia.

On the field, Nunez excelled. He reached base safely in 40 of his last 42 games.

"I just focused on playing," said Nunez. "There was too much rumor. I didn't read too much Twitter. I focused on who's pitching tonight, who's going to pitch the next day. Day by day."

As reports of the trade crystallized, speculation began regarding Nunez's replacement at third base. The obvious alternative is Pablo Sandoval, who agreed to a Minor League deal last Saturday and is currently with Triple-A Sacramento.

However, Giants manager Bruce Bochy mentioned the Giants will face left-handed starters (in order, Alex Wood, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu) in this weekend's three-game series in Los Angeles. The switch-hitting Sandoval has struggled as a right-handed batter against lefties, due largely to a shoulder injury that has nagged him intermittently.

"We're not going to bring Pablo here until we think he's ready," Bochy said.

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Conor Gillaspie and Kelby Tomlinson could step in for Nunez for the rest of this season until Sandoval is deemed ready. At Sacramento, Christian Arroyo is nursing a hand injury, though Ryder Jones might be an option. Jae-Gyun Hwang was sent to Triple-A last weekend and cannot return immediately.

A long-term possibility is Nunez, who's eligible for free agency after this season.

Asked how he felt about possibly returning to the Giants, Nunez said, "I would love to. I love the organization, I love the group, I love the players, the staff, the fans, the city. But we have to concentrate now on winning a championship for Boston."

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Before Nunez left the game, he gave both the Giants and Red Sox a scare when Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon struck him with a 2-2 fastball on the left elbow during the third inning. Though the elbow was padded, Nunez appeared to be in obvious pain. The phrase "damaged goods" probably echoed in the minds of executives from both clubs.

However, Nunez appeared to be fit. He left the Giants with a .308 batting average and 18 stolen bases in 23 attempts. He started 47 games at third base, 17 in left field, 10 at shortstop and one in right field.

"Eduardo did a nice job for us," Bochy said. "He was a lot of fun to have around on the club. He's very talented and that's why a lot of clubs wanted him."

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

 

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