Former San Francisco Giants playing in the 2019 postseason
By Joel Reuter
Despite a strong push in July, the San Francisco Giants fell short of reaching the postseason. However, there are some familiar faces suiting up this October.
After flirting with a wild-card spot around midseason, the San Francisco Giants will be watching the MLB postseason from home for the third consecutive year.
Despite that, there are a handful of former San Francisco Giants players who could feature prominently in this year’s playoffs.
Ahead is a breakdown of the team’s former players who will be participating in this year’s postseason.
ATLANTA BRAVES: OF Adam Duvall, OF Matt Joyce, RP Mark Melancon
Veteran Matt Joyce (238 PA, .858 OPS, 17 XBH (7 HR), 23 RBI, 32 R) was briefly with the Giants during spring training this year, but he was cut loose in favor of guys like Gerardo Parra and Yangervis Solarte. Injuries to Nick Markakis and Ender Inciarte have opened the door for regular playing time.
After spending much of the season in the minors, Adam Duvall (130 PA, .882 OPS, 15 XBH (10 HR), 19 RBI, 17 R) has emerged as a solid fourth outfield option.
The biggest impact will come from Mark Melancon (23 G, 11/11 SV, 3.86 ERA) who has emerged as the team’s closer after the ninth inning was a revolving door for much of the year.
MILWAUKEE BREWERS: 1B/OF Tyler Austin, RP Drew Pomeranz
Lefty Drew Pomeranz (25 G, 12 HLD, 2.39 ERA, 15.4 K/9) struggled as a starter during his time with the Giants, but he has emerged as a key setup arm in the Milwaukee bullpen since the team shipped prospect Mauricio Dubon to the Giants to acquire him.
Slugger Tyler Austin (4-for-20, 1 HR) could fill a spot on the bench given his ability to hit left-handed pitching, but he’s squarely on the roster bubble if the Brewers advance beyond the Wild Card Game.
MINNESOTA TWINS: IF Ehire Adrianza, RP Sergio Romo
Utility infielder Ehire Adrianza (236 PA, .765 OPS, 16 XBH (5 HR), 22 RBI, 34 R) has carved out a steady bench role with the Twins, and he’s had a solid season at the plate.
Former closer Sergio Romo (27 G, 16 HLD, 3.18 ERA, 10.7 K/9) was acquired at the trade deadline from the Marlins, and he has provided a steady late-inning presence alongside closer Taylor Rogers.
NEW YORK YANKEES: RP Jonathan Loaisiga
While he posted a 6.75 ERA in four starts, Jonathan Loaisiga has been effective in 11 appearances as a reliever with a 3.20 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 19.2 innings of work. He could fill a multi-inning role during the postseason.
Veteran Cory Gearrin (18 G, 3 HLD, 4.50 ERA) could also make the playoff roster, though he appears to be on the wrong side of the bullpen bubble.
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: RP Yusmeiro Petit
Yusmeiro Petit (80 G, 29 HLD, 2.71 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) finished tied for third in the American League with 29 holds. His 83 innings pitched also tied with teammate Liam Hendriks for fourth among all MLB relievers.
He has been a great addition to the Oakland bullpen in the second season of a two-year, $10 million deal that includes a $5.5 million club option for 2020.
TAMPA BAY RAYS: IF Matt Duffy
Former fan-favorite Matt Duffy (169 PA, .670 OPS, 9 XBH (1 HR), 12 RBI, 12 R) didn’t make his 2019 debut until July 23, and he is still shaking off the rust of the time he missed.
With the ability to play third base and shortstop, he’s a useful bench piece, and he hit .318/.415/.455 with four extra-base hits in 53 plate appearances in September.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS: OF Gerardo Parra, RP Hunter Strickland
After hitting just .198 in 97 plate appearances with the Giants, outfielder Gerardo Parra (204 PA, .747 OPS, 20 XBH (8 HR), 42 RBI, 30 R) has emerged as a reliable fourth outfield option for the Nationals.
His defensive ability and veteran experience could give him the edge over Andrew Stevenson and Michael Taylor for a bench spot.
Playoff Teams with No Former Giants: Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals
So while the San Francisco Giants might not be playing in the 2019 postseason, there are several players who saw time with the franchise that will be.