Fresno Grizzlies RHP Mitch Lively has opted out of his contract with the San Francisco Giants and signed a minor league with the Washington Nationals, according to Chris Cotillo.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 17, 2014
Lively has pitched the past 3 season in Fresno with a 4.37 ERA. This season he’s 6-4 with a 5.08 ERA. He’s been with the Giants since 2008 and was drafted in the 16th round of the 2007 draft by the Colorado Rockies.
In Spring Training with the Giants, Lively pitched just 13.2 innings over 3 seasons with a 3.29 ERA. This pas spring he pitched just 2 innings in 2 games, however he left training with a 0.00 ERA, allowing no hits or runs in his outings. You can safely assume the Giants organization probably didn’t have any big plans for him as of recent, given that each season his Fresno, his pitching and ERA has deteriorated.
Hopefully, for Lively, the Nationals organization will be able to develop him to the big league level.
Best of luck to Lively in his move across the county and with his new team. He’s expected to play for their Triple-A team in Syracuse.