For the fifth straight day, the SF Giants announced roster cuts. Isan Díaz, Tristan Beck, Keaton Winn, and Kyle Harrison were included in this round of cuts according to Evan Webeck of the Bay Area News Group.
SF Giants continue trimming camp roster with cuts with 4 more cuts
Harrison certainly entered camp with a lot o buzz as he has typically been rated as the organization's best prospect. The 21-year-old yielded eight earned runs in 3.1 frames during the Cactus League. The results are not necessarily important. Harrison got a chance to go through big league camp for the first time and that is an experience that should help his development.
The pitching prospect was a non-roster invitee, so he was reassigned to minor league camp. Díaz, Beck, and Winn all occupy spots on the 40-man roster, so they had to be optioned rather than reassigned. The result is the same as all four players will finish spring training in minor league camp.
With Brandon Crawford dealing with knee discomfort, the thought was the Giants give a long look to all of their middle infield options in case the longtime Giants shortstop was unable to go by Opening Day. However, that does not appear to be a concern as Díaz, who is one of the few players with experience at shortstop, was optioned.
The left-handed bat recorded seven hits, including two home runs, in 21 at-bats during the Cactus League. He is primarily a second baseman, but Giants manager Pete Putila listed him as someone they would be comfortable with in case they needed a spot start at shortstop.
Both Beck and Winn made positive impressions in camp. However, the pitching staff is relatively set in stone, so there were not a lot of opportunities for playing time. Beck allowed four earned runs with eight strikeouts against three walks in 9.2 innings. In fact, the pitching prospect led Giants pitchers in innings pitched before being optioned.
On the other hand, Winn gave up just one earned run with two strikeouts against two walks in five innings. He flashed a fastball that can reach triple digits with a quality split finger. Both Beck and Winn have worked primarily out of the starting rotation and they should continue to see starts in 2023. Given that they are on the 40-man roster, Giants fans should see both at some point this season.