The SF Giants had a very busy Thursday as they recalled Marco Luciano and Tristan Beck while selecting the contract of Tyler Fitzgerald. Brandon Crawford landed on the injured list, whereas Sean Hjelle was optioned and Paul DeJong was released, per the team's transaction log.
SF Giants bring up a trio of prospects in a spate of roster moves
Crawford is eligible to return for the final game of the season. He is at the end of his two-year, $32 million extension he signed back in 2021. It could very well be Crawford's final game, but he has not tipped his hand as to what his plans are after this season.
With 10 games to go, the Giants are seemingly committing to the youth movement with the latest batch of moves. They are still on the fringes of the Wild Card race, but the numbers are not in their favor.
Luciano was late scratch from Sacramento's lineup on Wednesday night, which after the Crawford injury, it seemed like that a moving was coming. Similarly, Fitzgerald was removed after three plate appearances with Melissa Lockard of The Athletic confirming that he was joining the Giants.
Luciano appeared briefly with the Giants earlier this season, recording three hits in 11 at-bats while quickly flashing the type of power that has made him a top prospect. The right-handed bat has put up respectable numbers in Triple-A, slashing .228/.339/.451 with four home runs, eight RBI, and 10 runs in 78 plate appearances. This includes a 12.8 percent walk rate, 35.9 percent strikeout rate, and a .209 ISO.
On the other hand, fans have been clamoring for Fitzgerald for a while now, especially considering the team's struggles at shortstop. The 26-year-old prospect reached Triple-A for the first time this season and put together a solid campaign as he posted a .857 OPS with 20 home runs in 466 plate appearances.
The Giants are not the fleetest of foot, but Fitzgerald goes against the grain in that regard. He swiped 29 bases in 32 opportunities. He is a smart baserunner who reads pitchers well but it helps that he has excellent speed. Originally an infielder, the Giants have been trying him in center field lately.
To make room on the 40-man roster, Paul DeJong was released. The veteran infielder recorded nine hit in 49 at-bats after San Francisco picked him up in August. Tristan Beck will replace Sean Hjelle on the active roster with the former posting a 4.04 ERA in 75.2 innings for the Giants earlier this season.