- RHP Jose Casilla was added.
- RHP Steve Edlefsen was added.
- LHP Clayton Tanner was added.
- 1B Brett Pill was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno
- RHP Waldis Joaquin was placed on release waivers.
This last spot could also be for someone they hope to snag in the Rule 5 draft themselves. They have been relatively active in that arena in recent seasons, though no one has stuck so far. Some have looked good enough that other teams then snagged them, but the only one who appears to have some MLB hope is the pitcher the Giants drafted then returned, only for San Diego to pick him up and keep him on their roster, I think in 2009. And still, the hope is not that great.
Still, this is very much like the amateur draft after the first couple of rounds. Not very many of the players drafted via this process ever make the majors and stick, let alone be a regular starter. But successful pickups like Johan Santana and Josh Hamilton (pick someone whose first name starts with a J?) means that teams will continue to participate and hope they find the right guy ready to take the big leap. Kind of like the regular amateur draft.
When I find out who might be drafted away from us via the Rule 5 Draft, I'll post it. If you know it, please post the link in the comments.
Here is what the linked article above mentioned on each player, I'll add comments:
- Casilla, the younger brother of Giants reliever Santiago Casilla, finished 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA and 14 saves in 46 appearances. The 21-year-old made the South Atlantic League's midseason All-Star team.
- OGC: from what I've read, he's even better than his older brother. He did extremely well, despite being much younger than most players in the league. He could be being groomed in case the Giants might have to let go of Wilson, depending on how much money he wants beyond arbitration.
- Edlefsen, 25, was 7-2 with a 2.38 ERA and six saves in 49 relief appearances in his second season at Triple-A Fresno and was named a Pacific Coast League midseason All-Star.
- OGC: If I recall right, he was named by BA as having the best slider in the system for a number of years now. He hasn't risen as fast as I was hoping given his early hype when he turned pro, but he did very well in AAA in 2010. Unfortunately for him, the Giants are currently full up on relievers, he'll probably be among the first choices the Giants consider if anyone is injured or need to be replaced due to poor performance in 2011 and probably will get a chance in 2012, I think a number of relievers are eligible for free agency then or arbitration.
- Tanner, 22, went 9-9 with a 3.68 ERA in 27 starts for Double-A Richmond in 2010. The graduate of De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., made the Eastern League midseason All-Star team and finished ninth in the league in ERA.
- OGC: I have been rooting for Tanner but he's the crafty lefty type of pitchers and those types of pitchers need to prove themselves at every level. He'll have to prove himself in 2011 in AAA, then eventually the majors. But he's done pretty well at each level and he's still prospect young, so there is plenty of hope. But with the low K-rate, the odds will be long. And we saw how Pucetas flamed out in AAA. But I always have a soft spot for prospects with local ties. Go Clayton!
- Joaquin, 23, appeared in four games with the Giants this season, allowing six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings. He spent most of the year with Triple-A Fresno and posted a 1-2 mark with a 4.93 ERA in 23 games, including five starts. He underwent lower back surgery on Nov. 10.
- OGC: I was pretty shocked to see him being dropped until I saw the lower back surgery mentioned. They took a calculated risk, dropping him off the 40-man to open up a spot, hoping nobody will want to take him while he's recovering from major surgery, and then they can tuck him back into the farm system while he recovers. He's still young and got a lot of speed and stuff, so there's still a chance.
- Pill, 26, batted .275 (143-for-520) with 34 doubles, 16 home runs and 84 RBIs at Fresno.
- OGC: Some people were really clamoring for him after his good AA season in 2009, but they failed to account for the fact that he did it at age 25. It was a nice season but Ishikawa had a much better season than Pill did in AA, it wasn't even close and he did it at a younger age, and yet did not get the hype I saw with Pill among fans. I don't know if it was because Ishikawa started out with a lot of hope/hype due to his high bonus but then was a disappointment, then did finally broke out of it, while Pill wasn't on anyone's radar and suddenly had one good season, but I don't understand the difference in interest, particularly since Ishikawa has shown a lot more power, particularly HR power, and their fielding is probably equal. It appears I was correct, Pill had a nondescript 2010 and was dropped.