The San Francisco Giants made seven cuts to the roster today sending Heath Hembree, Erik Cordier, and Jake Dunning to Triple-A Fresno. Brett Bochy, Adam Reifer, Guillermo Quiroz, Mark Minicozzi will be reporting to minor league camp next week. That leaves 33 players left in big league camp this spring.
Feb 28, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Heath Hembree (37) throws a wild pitch to that allowed Oakland Athletics outfielder Jack Goebbert (not pictured) to advance and score from third base in the ninth inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports. Athletics win 7-6.
Hembree was probably the biggest surprise in the cuts today. He is still a top 25 prospect for the Giants and has only allowed one run in four innings with two walks and five strikeouts. He holds a 2.25 ERA in spring training.
Cordier has pitches that have been accurate and up to 100 mph. He holds a 0.00 ERA in 5 innings pitched in spring training. He spent 2010-2012 with the Atlanta Braves and 2013 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants signed him on November 27, 2013 and placed him on the 40-man roster.
Dunning holds a 1.42 ERA in spring training this season in 6.1 innings pitched. Dunning did well for the Giants in 2013, entering seven games and ending the season with a 2.08 ERA.
I was not surprised to see Bochy, Reifer, Quiroz and Minicozzi assigned to minor league camp. They were all signed to minor league contracts and have options. The Giants have to assess pitchers like Petit and players like Adrianza and Abreu who are out of options. This means they would need to clear waivers before the Giants would be able to claim them again to assign them to Triple-A.