San Francisco Giants:First Round Of Cuts Includes Prospects
By Gary Oversen
Being sent down is never going to be considered a good thing, but having it happen this early really has a silver lining. And while most of the prospects sent down today will feel some disappointment, some will likely see time with the San Francisco Giants in the very near future.
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The list of cuts was announced today, and it is one filled with hope for the future.
As reported by Alex Pavlovic:
The full list of players sent down is:
Junior Arias, Christian Arroyo (who had another hit today and leaves with a .538 BA), Tyler Beede, Ray Black, Sam Coonrod (who struck out three today), Kyle Crick, Aramis Garcia, Ian Gardeck (it was also announced that he will require Tommy John surgery, timeline TBD), Joan Gregorio, Chase johnson, Ryder Jones, Derek Law, Adalberto Mejia, Rando Moreno, Ty Ross, Jake Smith, Chris Stratton, Albert Suarez, and Matt Winn.
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All these players will have the benefit of going down and playing every day and focusing on their positions to start the season. If they stay in camp too long, the at-bats become more and more scarce, and timing gets off.
In other prospect news, Mac Williamson continues to sizzle. He had two more hits in the Giants 8-1 victory against the Padres, hitting his Cactus League-leading fourth home run (an opposite-field solo shot) and driving in three. His other RBI’s came on an excellent at-bat with the bases loaded in the fourth. With two outs, and the bases loaded, he offered at the first pitch he saw, knowing the pitcher had to get ahead, and lined a single up the middle.
Another one of those hidden gems to watch is Gorkys Hernandez who continues to look like Gregor Blanco and Andres Torres a few years back. Players who fight and claw on every play are great to have around, it’s contagious.
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Of all the players sent down today, Arroyo, Beede, Johnson, Jones, and Stratton did the most to improve their standing in the organization. Most of the others didn’t do anything to hurt themselves, there just happens to be very few spots available.