SF Giants Prospects

George Kontos Recalled; Jake Dunning Optioned

By Melissa Felkins

May 3, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher George Kontos (70) pitches the ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants recalled George Kontos from Triple-A Fresno and optioned Jake Dunning today, per Henry Schulman.

Kontos is already with the team in Pittsburgh. It’s a move that really doesn’t come as a surprise after Dunning got lit up last night against the Pirates. He threw two wild pitches allowing two runs to score. Of course those runs were credited to Yusmeiro Petit since he allowed them on base, but Dunning most certainly didn’t do his job. Of course, had Dunning not pitched, we may not have seen the wild game we saw last night, so I guess one could say the baseball gods were smiling down and having a little fun with us yesterday.

While Kontos’ 4.39 ERA in 55.1 innings pitched for San Francisco in 2013 isn’t impressive by any means, he’s got more big league time under his belt and he has struck out 28 batters in just 18 innings pitched for Fresno this season. Personally, I’d feel much better with Kontos on the mound than Dunning.

Heath Hembree was also a name asked about on Twitter as to why he wouldn’t be considered to be called up. Officially, I don’t know, but my thought is that he’s thought to be more of a closer. The Giants are in need of a long man with Matt Cain on the disabled list and Petit filling in for him. Kontos usually can throw more than one inning if need be. He doesn’t always perform well when he has to do that, but he’s probably more ready to come in and do it than Hembree. Just my two cents anyway.

One other bit of knowledge that you may not have known before today: Players in San Francisco’s minor league system have to be clean shaven, with the exception of mustaches. So expect to see a clean shaven Kontos when he does come in to pitch.

It’s really a shame because Kontos drives the women crazy with his rugged, but not gross and bushy, beard.