The SF Giants and San Diego Padres are set to face off in a two-game series in Mexico City this weekend. Each team is allowed to keep a 27th player on the roster and the Giants used that spot to recall infielder/outfielder Brett Wisely from Triple-A according to the team's transaction log.
Versatile glove joins SF Giants in Mexico City
Wisely was optioned earlier this week when the Giants welcomed back both Austin Slater and Mitch Haniger from the injured list. It was no surprise to see that Wisely, along with catching prospect Ricardo Genovés, had joined the Giants in Mexico City given that the former did not actually appear in a game with the Sacramento River Cats after being optioned.
On the other hand, Genovés is currently on the team's taxi squad. Joey Bart departed Monday's game after dealing with groin tightness. The Giants ran an MRI, which indicated that Bart might be able to avoid the injured list.
In the meantime, Blake Sabol has filled in nicely in Bart's absence. If Bart is unable to go soon, then the Giants might need to make a roster move involving Genovés, but they are hoping that he can play this weekend.
For Wisely, this will represent his third stint with the club in 2023. He has become a popular option due to the fact that he can player multiple positions and the Giants' roster is not unusually strong in versatility.
Wisely came up as a middle infielder with the Tampa Bay Rays after being selected in the 15th round of the 2019 draft. He appeared briefly in left field last year for the Rays' Double-A affiliate, which was his first experience in the outfield as a pro.
Wisely has received a lot more experience since then as the Giants began experimenting with him in center field. Oddly enough, 23-year-old has appeared exclusively in center field with the Giants this season while also seeing time at second base and shortstop with the River Cats.
The left-handed was off to a nice start with the River Cats, slashing .304/.467/.500 (145 wRC+) with nine doubles, eight RBI, and 11 runs. This includes a fantastic 20.2 percent walk rate against a 22.2 percent strikeout rate. He has been one of Sacramento's best hitters in the early going.
So far, Wisely has tallied one hit in 14 sporadic at-bats with the Giants. Given that he is the 27th player, it is likely that he will be optioned at the end of the series.