The San Francisco Giants, according to reports, are calling up infield prospect Miguel Gomez.
The San Francisco Giants made one shock inclusion to their 40-man roster at the offseason’s deadline, and that was Miguel Gomez. Gomez was a decent minor league prospect, and was doing really well in San Jose last year.
Gomez was invited to the Giants’ big league Spring Training, but didn’t stick in the big league camp for very long. Eventually he was moved to the minor league camp, and assigned to Richmond as the teams broke from Arizona.
His first half in Richmond has been incredibly strong. Gomez has accrued 141 total bases in his 78 games there, with 94 hits including 19 doubles, two triples, and eight homers. What’s even better? He’s only struck out 36 times in 308 at-bats, meaning he puts the ball in play a whole lot.
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Gomez can play both second and third, but likely will profile at third. One can assume that would mean Ryder Jones is on his way out. Andrew Baggarly has confirmed that Gomez is being called up, but is still waiting on the roster move to be confirmed according to his tweet.
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This roster move is just another in the line of the youth movement that will follow. The Giants will be parading out prospects for the remainder of the season for a few reasons. One of them is that this is virtually a lost season. It would take a historic post all-star break stretch for them to even sniff. However, with the state of the rest of the league, they need to just get over .500 and they have a shot. But that seems like quite the long shot now.
The Giants also need to see what they have in their system, and see if they have good potential MLB players. One can only really see that as they advance up the ranks.
Gomez has had the best offensive output of any minor leaguer in the system this season, so it’s only reasonable that he gets a shot. Knowing what you’ve got, helps you know what you need. As the trade talks start to pick up, the Giants need to know what to ask for.
We’ll see how long Gomez can stick. It sounded like he’s here for the whole series against the Marlins. Some think he could end up in AAA even if he doesn’t stick, as the logical progression. According to “Giant Potential’s” tweets, a well run blog devoted to the coverage of the Giants’ minor league system, the Giants could have a giant chain reaction set of promotions when this happens.
This wouldn’t be shocking, as both Howard and Beltre have played well enough to earn call-ups to the next level. Hopefully he does well, and the Giants find a gem in Gomez.