The San Francisco Giants have made a small roster move today, recalling third baseman/ first baseman Adam Duvall from Triple-A-Fresno. In the corresponding move, the Giants optioned Juan Perez down to Fresno, again. Duvall was solid in his first major league stint, and with Brandon Belt back on the concussion list, has a chance to play some first base over the next few days.
Duvall will start at first tonight in the series finale against the Royals.
Perez, who has been sent up and down from the Fresno Grizzlies like a yo-yo this season, has struggled big time. With the plethora of injuries the Giants have suffered, there was a big chance for him to impress and consolidate a spot on the roster, but he has failed to do so. Perez is batting .175 with a .246 OBP and a poor wRC+ of 57. He has been worth a negative 0.2 wins for the Giants thus far.
Duvall returns with a .200 batting average in the big leagues this season, and a solid wRC+ of 69. With first base being a spot up for grabs this season, Duvall will aim to secure his spot on the major league roster. He has two home runs already, but a rather high 31% strikeout percentage.
If Duvall can learn to take some pitches, and battle hard, like his rookie counterpart, Joe Panik, he could be a real asset for the Giants. Only time will tell, and tonight, at Kauffman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals will be his first test.