The Giants have announced roster moves to prepare for the Rule 5 draft in two weeks. Relievers Raymond Black, Cody Hall, and Derek Law were added to the roster, as well as starter Joan Gregorio. Reliever Juan Gutierrez was designated for assignment. He was eligible for arbitration.
Gutierrez pitched 63.1 innings for the Giants in 2014 before being left off the playoff rosters all together. He posted a 3.96 ERA with a 4.03 FIP in 61 games. He was pitching like a major league pitcher in the early months, but faded late.
Black, 24, pitched in Single-A Augusta and High Single-A San Jose in 2014 posting a 3.57 ERA in 35.1 innings pitched. He struck out 71 and walked just 16. He throws extremely hard topping 100 MPH after being drafted in 2011 and not throwing professionally until 2014.
Law, 24, was catching people’s eye in the 2014 spring, but blew out his arm early in the season while in Double-A Richmond. He only threw 28 innings posting a 2.57 ERA, 9.32 K/9, and 4.50 BB/9. He was throwing mid nineties in the Spring and was up for consideration for the final spot in the big league bullpen. He underwent surgery in June and will likely be ready to go in April.
Hall, 26, pitched 51.1 innings in Double-A Richmond for the Giants and posted a 3.14 ERA, 9.93 K/9, 2.44 BB/9 and a 2.72 FIP. He actually experienced his worst professional season in 2014. In previous years he had high LOB% over 80%, but in 2014 he had a league average 73%. His 2014 is likely his ceiling in the minors and could see the big leagues at the start of 2015.
Gregorio, 22, stands at 6-7, 180 pounds and pitched in Low-A and High-A in 2014 posting a 3.57 ERA in 68 innings at Low-A while posting a 6.75 ERA in 22.2 innings at High-A.
Feb 23, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Derek Law (64) poses for a photo during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports