Ahh, Hector is back! Thankfully he won’t be destroying us with late inning homers on Sunday afternoons anymore. Last year, he had a knack for destroying the Giants when he played against them. After having a good season with San Diego, he’s back. But keep in mind that this is simply an NRI.
Buster Posey and Nick Hundley are the clear one/two tandem when it comes to the backstop position. But bringing Hector into the fold is going to be a positive. They’ll have someone who knows the big leagues, and knows the Giants, and even some of the pitching staff well. In the event that Buster or Hundley get hurt, they have someone who they can count on waiting in the wings.
Brown’s career arc has fallen off greatly since he made the big league camp in 2016. His bat has unfortunately made him unplayable though. His big league defense faltered towards the end of the season in ’16, which made him fall out of favor with the Giants organization. He clearly doesn’t have a place at the big league level, but needs to be above the minor league camp. I wouldn’t call it a pity invite, but the Giants probably want to see where he’s at if it’s not worth cutting him.
O’ Conner is another intriguing NRI. The Giants will now have SIX catchers in camp, and this guy has nothing to do with the organization. That’s weird to me. But I guess the more the merrier? Anyways, O’Conner hasn’t played a single game above AAA and has been around MiLB since 2010. Whatever. NEXT.