The SF Giants made one final change to their roster before their final game of the first half, optioning right-handed pitcher Tyler Beede and recalling southpaw Caleb Baragar. Baragar has been a staple in the Giants pen for much of the past two seasons, but Beede had been activated after working his way back from UCL surgery last spring. Beede made his first big-league appearance since 2019 in Saturday’s 10-4 victory over the Nationals.
The SF Giants optioned Tyler Beede and recalled Caleb Baragar on Sunday.
Baragar was optioned in a surprising move last month as the front office began managing a roster. Drafted in the ninth round of the 2016 MLB draft by the Giants, Baragar reached Triple-A in 2019 as a starter and seemed like a viable depth piece. Then, in 2020, Baragar shifted to relief and found another level of success relying on his mid-90s fastball, which plays above its velocity with an extremely high spin rate.
In 2021, Baragar returned to a role in the back of the Giants bullpen but had a contradictory statline. Baragar has recorded an impeccable 0.49 ERA over 22 MLB appearances, but his strikeout and walk rates have both moved in the wrong direction. In fact, Baragar has struggled mightily at Triple-A, recording a 9.45 ERA, walking eight batters in 7.2 innings pitched.
Beede surrendered two runs in his lone appearance for the Giants, allowing two hits and hitting a batter across one inning of work. The former first-round pick struckout two batters and has racked up punchouts this season (striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings at Triple-A), but walked 32 in 35 innings and recorded a 6.56 ERA with the Sacramento River Cats. Given the impending trade deadline and a series of other roster moves imminent as veteran players return from injuries, both Beede and Baragar could be on the move once again soon.
The SF Giants have optioned right-handed pitcher Tyler Beede to Triple-A, where he will continue working his way back from UCL surgery. On the flip side, southpaw reliever Caleb Baragar returns to the big-league bullpen and should give manager Gabe Kapler another trustworthy option in high-leverage situations.