San Francisco Giants Announce Spring Training Invites
The San Francisco Giants have announced 18 players to be their 2019 Spring Training Non-Roster Invites. Among them is top Prospect, Joey Bart.
The San Francisco Giants have announced a solid list of Non-Roster invites, bringing their total number of Spring Training Participants up to 58. Any player on the 40 man gets an automatic invite to the big league camp. After that, they can invite players who are under contract but not on the 40-man roster.
This year’s list of invites is:
- Shaun Anderson, RHP
- Jamie Callahan, RHP
- Enderson Franco, RHP
- Kieran Lovegrove, RHP
- Conner Menez, LHP
- Carlos Navas, RHP
- Keyvius Sampson, RHP
- Garrett Williams, LHP
- Sam Wolff, RHP
- Joey Bart, C
- Hamlet Marte, C
- Cameron Rupp, C
- Zach Greene, INF
- Ryan Howard, INF
- Levi Michael, INF
- Donovan Solano, INF
- Anthony Garcia, OF
- Henry Ramos, OF
While there aren’t any players on here that look like Derek Holland types, they already got their Derek Holland type on the big league roster with Drew Pomeranz. So who are some guys to pay attention too?
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First off is Joey Bart. How could you not pay attention to him? He’s the Giants’ top prospect and inside the top 50 in baseball. A stud prospect with a ton of potential will command a ton of eyes this spring training, as it should. But there are a few on this list that certainly deserve a few long looks.
The first is middle infielder, Ryan Howard. Howard is intriguing because his hitting has turned out to not be as much of an issue as was thought. He doesn’t have much power, but he puts the ball in play a lot, and gets on base a lot.
While he lost power numbers going from San Jose to Richmond, his strikeout numbers were cut down significantly in 2018. His glove and arm are his best attributes and he could have a middle infield backup role in his future, at the worst.
For a high contact hitter, getting some good analytics behind his swing path and such could help bring out a bit more power. But Howard has a future with the Giants, and this will be nice to get a good look at him within the big league camp.
The other name that sticks out to me is Henry Ramos. Ramos is actually the older brother of the Giants number 2 prospect, Heliot Ramos. Ramos looks like a late bloomer, posting .800 OPS + in the last two seasons in the minors within the Dodgers’ system. He also doesn’t strike out a ton, puts the ball in play a ton, and is starting to find some pop. He could be an interesting fourth or fifth outfield option for the Giants if they never upgrade their outfield this year.
The final guy to keep an eye on is Keyvius Sampson. Sampson spent time with the Marlins and Reds before moving to Korea to play with the Hanwa Eagles. Sampson had 15 quality starts in his 30 starts in the KBO, a noted hitter friendly league. He struck out 195 in 161.2 innings as well. Obviously it’d be a stretch for him to come back over and recreate those numbers, but if he came over and was remotely as good as Ryan Vogelsong it would be a success for the Giants.
There are definitely a few to keep their eyes on this spring, so get on out to Scottsdale and take a look at the pros, and the prospects as well! Also, enjoy that sun and good food.