San Francisco Giants: Quality bullpen reinforcements await opportunity
By Jeff Young
The San Francisco Giants have a deep bullpen at the MLB level. Despite this, they made some savvy moves during the offseason to bring in several quality relievers as minor league free agents.
The San Francisco Giants have some enviable relief pitching depth at the minor league level. That’s not necessarily important today, but when they begin to sell off their relievers this summer, it will most definitely come into play.
The list of intriguing minor league relievers to keep an eye on includes, but is not limited to, Jandel Gustave, Sam Moll, Sam Selman, and Fernando Abad.
These relievers are not only performing well at the minor league level, but three out of four of them have major league experience, with Selman being the lone exception.
Abad, in particular, has extensive major league experience with a 3.65 career ERA over 317.2 big league innings. With the way some bullpens have blown up around the league, Abad could certainly help another team. He could also fit onto the Giants roster if they decide to trade someone else from their bullpen surplus.
While Abad, Gustave, and Selman were all brought in on minor league deals, Moll was selected in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. It is not often that teams get a chance to nab someone with major league experience in the minor league rounds.
From this quartet, three out of four are also left-handed relievers, with Gustave being the lone exception. Teams are always seemingly in need of more left-handed relievers. And, the Giants loaded up on left-handed relievers in preparation of this expected demand.
Let’s take a closer look at those four relievers, how they’ve performed this season, and what they bring to the table.