The SF Giants are close to finalizing their Opening Day roster as they reassigned eight players to minor league camp. Included on that list was veteran outfielder Stephen Piscotty and several prospects who performed well this spring.
SF Giants News: Veteran outfielder among 8 players reassigned to minors
Evan Webeck of the Bay Area News Group published the list of the Giants' most recent round of cuts:
As Webeck notes, this brings the number of players in camp is down to 34. 30 of those players are on the 40-man roster after Cole Waites was optioned over the weekend.
There were no surprises in the latest round of cuts. That said, Melvin Adón, Brett Auerbach, Kade McClure, and Will Wilson all performed well in the Cactus League.
Adón lost several years of development due to injury and the canceled 2020 season. However, he was one of the more impressive pitchers in camp as he posted a 2.70 ERA with nine strikeouts against two walks in 6.2 frames this spring. His fastball velocity was back up to the high 90's and he flashed a good slider.
Wilson and Auerbach were both stellar in spring training. Wilson tallied nine hits, including two home runs, in 28 at-bats with 13 RBI and nine runs. On the other hand, Auerbach recorded 12 hits in 35 at-bats with one homer, eight RBI, and five runs. This included a four-hit performance against the Oakland A's on Sunday:
Lastly, McClure made a nice first impression in his first camp with the club. The 27-year-old posted a 2.70 ERA with 10 strikeouts against only one walk in 10 innings of work. He and Adón were two of the more impressive non-roster pitchers in Giants camp.
Piscotty will join all four of these prospects in the minors. Despite appearing in eight major league seasons, the right-handed bat will accept a minor league assignment. For Piscotty, this gives him a chance to play close to where he attended college at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
He added eight hits in 25 at-bats with seven RBI. Piscotty could be a midseason option if the Giants deal with a bunch of injuries in the outfield. For now, he will serve as a veteran leader and depth option for a young Sacramento River Cats team.