February 20, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants infielderAdam Duvall
(81) poses for a picture during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
With the pennant race heating up, the San Francisco Giants have brought up 5 additional players. On September 1, they called up 5 players before the Suspended Game against the Colorado Rockies. The Giants were waiting to make the official announcement of the additional 5 players until after the Fresno Grizzlies finished their final game of the season Monday.
1) Centerfielder Gary Brown. There had been much speculation on whether or not the Giants should bring up Brown due to his not having had the best season. However, he has been flying under the radar, working on his swing and hoping to be given the chance to play in the Big Leagues. I saw Brown at Spring Training last year and was impressed with this kid. I’m glad he’s being given a chance to prove himself in the Orange and Black. He ended his Minor League season with a .271 batting average, with 536 at bats, .722 OBP, and 10 home runs.
2) Right Handed Pitcher Erik Cordier. With a fastball that travels over 90 mph, Cordier may be just what the Giants are looking for. He has logged a 3.59 ERA with 52.2 innings pitched in 47 games played. He allowed 4 home runs, and had 68 strikeouts this season. I am looking forward to seeing how he fares on the mound at AT&T.
3) Right Handed Pitcher Brett Bochy. I am quite excited to see how the younger Bochy fares against some of our toughest competitors while on the mound. He ended his Minor League season with a 3.83 ERA with 54 innings pitched in 35 games played. He allowed 8 home runs, and had 47 strikeouts this season. I saw the younger Bochy make his Major League Spring Training debut at last year’s Spring Training. It was a bit anti-climatic, as he didn’t do as well as we all had hoped. But like everything else, the first time is the hardest; and with practice makes perfect.
4) First Baseman Adam Duvall. This will not be Duvall’s first time playing in the Big Leagues as his Major League Debut was June 26 of this year. His first Major League hit was a homerun against the Cincinnati Reds. He was sent back down to finish off the season in Fresno for a week before being called back up. With the Fresno Grizzlies, he logged a .298 batting average, with 359 at bats, .360 OBP, and 27 home runs. He already has logged a .180 batting average, with 61 at bats, .231 OBP, and 2 home runs while playing with the Giants. I hope to see him hit a few more homeruns and help the Giants climb their way to the playoffs.
5) Right Handed Pitcher Chris Heston. Honestly, I had not heard of this kid until Monday night, but I have to trust the two-time World Series manager on this one. His season ended with a 3.38 ERA with 173 innings pitched in 28 games played. He allowed 16 home runs, and had 125 strikeouts. Because I am not feeling too biased one way or the other about this kid, I am just curious as to what he will bring to the table during this exciting month of baseball.
September has always been my favorite month, especially for baseball. September baseball is always exciting. I am looking forward to seeing what happens during the final 23 games of the Regular Season. The dugout may be a bit cramped with these additional players, but the goal is still the same.