- Gary Brown, CF
- Kendry Flores, RHP
- Adam Duvall, 3B
- Hunter Strickland, RHP
It was also noted that more players may have to be DFAed to accommodate the reportedly soon to be signed Javier Lopez deal (reported to be 3 year, $13M by BA Sports Guy), and when the Giants sign another player to fill the last SP position (whether Vogelsong or another free agent; sounds like if Vogelsong is signed, he will be made the last starting pitcher, he won't have to battle anyone for that role - though like any player, he could lose it if he plays poorly in spring).
The first three were no-brainers. Brown, while disappointing many, is still very good defensively, and as Juan Perez showed this year, even in limited play, you can make a huge contribution via great defensive plays. And he's working on his mechanics to become a better hitter. Flores, rose to the occasion and did very well, putting his name into the conversation among top Giants prospects. Great K/BB of 8.06, as his command improved even better than before - and he was very good before - while maintaining a high K/9. Plus, he was only 21 for the season. Duvall has been hitting homers and playing a decent 3B, and hit OK there.
Strickland was a surprise. He had already been DFAed during the 2013 season and went unclaimed. I liked his numbers before he was injured, so I was surprised he was dropped, as the DFA suggests that they did not think much of his chances. But by protecting him from the Rule 5 draft, that means the Giants front office thinks enough of his potential that instead of risking losing him, they put him on the 40-man roster.
I was a little surprised that Moscoso was released, and yet not. Surprised because he pitched well for us. Not surprised because he made the point early on that he wants to be a starting pitcher, and apparently the Giants do not agree, and are letting him go, much like they did with Correia, who also wanted to start, for someone, anyone. Apparently Petit, who is out of options, is now first in line to be the long reliever.
Baggarly points out Mijares as the most likely to go first, when Lopez is signed, he was already being eyed for non-tender anyway. Next one expected to go after Mijares is Tony Abreu.
Both Moscoso and Mijares have good stats, and should not have a hard time finding another team, if/when the time comes. Abreu I'm not sure of. His frequent injuries will hurt his chances of finding a place for him.
I also wonder which players were not protected and thus are draftable in the Rule 5 draft. We have not lost many players via this rule, but you never know.
And the 40-man is going to get crowded soon, as the prospects keep doing well and moving up. I went through an exercise to see who would get assigned to each level and came up with the following:
- Mike Kickham, Eric Surkamp, Chris Heston, Edwin Escobar plus one (probably someone signed to minor league deal) in AAA;
- Kyle Crick, Clayton Blackburn, Ty Blach, Adalberto Mejia, Kendry Flores in AA;
- Chris Stratton, Martin Agosta, Joan Gregorio, Chris Johnson, Joe Kurrasch in Advanced A; and
- Nick Vander Tuig, Chase Johnson, Luis Ysla, Carlos Diaz, Andrew Leenhouts, Keury Mella in A-ball in Augusta.
Wow, they all seem good, in one way or another, the system is full up! All of the above pitchers have some nice qualities that could work in the majors. Escobar looks near certain to perform well enough to break in the majors in 2014 at some point, whether through need or September call-up. That should provide a lot of trading chips should the Giants need to trade by mid-season.