The SF Giants added veteran catcher Andrew Knapp and former top outfield prospect Lewis Brinson to the active roster in recent days. To make room on the 40-man roster, left-handed hurlers Andrew Vasquez and Jonathan Bermudez were outrighted off of the 40-man roster and assigned to Sacramento.
SF Giants outright 2 left-handed hurler off of the 40-man roster
If you are ever wondering whether it becomes tough to track the front office's roster movement, the answer is an emphatic yes.
Vasquez was claimed 15 days ago, whereas Bermudez was added just over a week ago after Gregory Santos was transferred to the 60-day injured list. Vasquez has registered a 2.39 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 13.5 K/9, and a 3.13 SO/W ratio in seven minor league seasons.
The lefty had induced a fair bit of weak contact as he has generated a ground ball rate above 50 percent at nearly every minor league stop. It felt like the combination of high strikeout numbers and good ground ball rates would appeal to the Giants, so it was mildly surprising to see him removed from the 40-man roster.
Vasquez has appeared briefly in parts of four seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Toronto Blue Jays where he posted an 8.10 ERA with 16 strikeouts against seven walks in 13.1 combined frames.
He has added four scoreless appearances with the Sacramento River Cats before the roster move, and he will remain with the club for the rest of the season.
On the other hand, Bermudez has yet to appear with the Giants organization. That has been the case with some Giants waiver claims this year where they are not immediately assigned to a minor league affiliate, which is likely a precursor to another roster move involving them.
The 26-year-old pitcher has spent his entire career with the Houston Astros before being plucked away off of waivers from the Giants. In four minor league seasons, he has tallied a 4.81 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 10.5 K/9, and a 2.93 SO/W ratio while working primarily out of the rotation.
He has struggled to the tune of an 8.96 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, 8.7 K/9, and a 1.76 SO/W ratio in 19 appearances, including 14 starts, with the Sugar Land Space Cowboys in 2022. Sacramento needed extra pitching depth and these moves achieve that end.