The San Francisco Giants are going to call up recently acquired middle infielder, Abiatal Avelino, and the more familiar Ryder Jones.
Thanks to the 40 man roster expansion, Abiatal Avelino and Ryder Jones will be on their way up to the big leagues, and will get some extended run with the San Francisco Giants, according to Henry Schulman:
Abiatal Avelino was the highest ranked of the two prospects the Giants acquired from the Yankees in the Andrew McCutchen deal. He played three games with Sacramento after the trade, getting 13 at bats. He went 2 for 13, but in those two times he did reach base, he ended up stealing successfully. Avelino has struggled at the AAA level after having a career year when it came to AA.
He’s a glove first, contact first shortstop which of course means the Giants love him. He has the potential to be a Joaquin Arias type with the Giants, so we’ll get our first look with him this evening.
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Jeff Samardzija will be moved to the 60 Day D.L. to make room on the 40 man for Abiatal. He would’ve had to have been added to the 40 man roster this offseason to make sure he wasn’t available to other teams in the Rule-5 Draft.
Ryder Jones doesn’t need a 40 man spot, and is a straight “call-up” thanks to the roster expansion. Ryder hit .274/.328/.417/.745 in his second year in AAA this season. Jones also has 11 homers and 22 doubles in tow. His slash-line is higher than all of his career averages which is good considering his power numbers were actually lower than his two previous “career years.”
He did hit a massive home run in Oakland in his only game played in the bigs this season. His big league slashline is a dismal, .175/.244/.292/.536 in 154 At-Bats.
We’ll see what he ends up doing this time around, as he has shown a more balanced approach to the plate than he did in last years stint.
Who knows how these two will perform. Jones is probably getting his last “long look” with the Giants, and will need to perform well if he wants to be considered going forward. Otherwise he’s back in AAA for another year, or looking at finding a new home.
Avelino, however, should be looking to do something that could put him in conversation as a backup utility man going forward. He is young, and doesn’t have any big league experience yet so it’ll be interesting to see how it actually goes for him. But if he has a good showing through the end of the year, and follows with a strong spring, a guy like Kelby Tomlinson could be in trouble.