As the SF Giants continue paring down their spring training roster for Opening Day, they reassigned Jimmie Sherfy and Yunior Marte to minor-league camp. Due to COVID-19 protocols, minor-league camp has not begun, so Sherfy and Marte will continue working with the MLB club in Arizona. There are now 34 players remaining on their active roster, meaning 8 players will have to be removed before Opening Day.
Marte and Sherfy were two of the many relievers the Giants signed this offseason to minor-league deals. Both had an outside chance to crack the Opening Day roster but now will slot into the bullpen mix at the alternate site or Triple-A. While there are no guarantees, both seem to have positioned themselves well to receive a big-league opportunity later in the year if San Francisco is forced to tap into their bullpen depth.
The SF Giants reassigned Jimmie Sherfy and Yunior Marte to minor-league camp.
Marte’s fastball sits in the mid-90s, and he has used both a changeup and curveball in the past. However, the changeup is a far more developed pitch, flashing plus at times. He’s always racked up strikeouts but struggled to locate in the zone. He dominated at Double-A in 2019 but struggled in his first taste of Triple-A. This spring, Marte struck out 10, walked 2, and posted a 5.14 ERA across seven innings of work.
Sherfy yielded five runs in 6.2 innings on five hits, including one home run and five walks this spring. However, he also recorded 12 strikeouts, six of which in his last two appearances. Sherfy flashes a fastball that sits in the low-90’s but primarily relies on his slider. He does also mix in a changeup on occasion.
The SF Giants will make several more roster moves over the next couple of days. For now, relievers Yunior Marte and Jimmie Sherfy have been officially removed from contending for the Opening Day roster.