Roger Kieschnick was designated for assignment by the Giants on March 29 and the Diamondbacks claimed Kieschnick off waivers today. They optioned him to Triple-A Reno, but added him to the 40-man roster.
The Diamondbacks have optioned Roger Kieschnick to Triple-A Reno. They created a 40-man space for him by moving Patrick Corbin to 60-day DL.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) April 4, 2014
Kieschnick had a disappointing Spring Training with the Giants. In 29 at bats he had a .172 batting average with 13 strikeouts. In 84 at bats in 2013 with the Giants, he had a .202 batting average with 29 strikeouts.
So Kieschnick is gone. Hard to recall any touted prospect having less presence on a big-league diamond, especially at the plate.
— Bruce Jenkins (@Bruce_Jenkins1) April 4, 2014
Once a top prospect for the Giants, Kieschnick unfortunately couldn’t bring his minor league success to the majors. The Giants originally selected Kieschnick in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. This was the same year the Giants selected Buster Posey (1st round), Brandon Crawford (4th round), and Juan Perez (13th round).