Sunday, January 5, 2020

The 40-man roster: pitchers R-W

Dereck Rodriguez (R), free agent signing Nov 2017, 28 in June, arb-eligible in 2022
Tyler Rogers (R), Giants 2013 10th-round pick, 29, 17-2/3 IP in 2019 debut with SF
Sam Selman (L), 2012 2nd-round pick (KC), 29, 10-1/3 IP in 2019 debut with SF
Burch Smith (R), waiver claim, 30 in April, 65 G (135-2/3 IP) ML service
Andrew Suarez (L), Giants 2015 2nd-round pick, 27, arb-eligible in 2022
Logan Webb (R), Giants 2014 4th-round pick, 23, 39-2/3 IP over 8 starts in 2019 debut with SF

I left veterans Tony Watson and Jeff Samardzija off the list. I figure you know about these guys. Righty Smardj had a nice bounceback season, making 32 starts (181-1/3 IP), good for 2.9 bWAR. Watson's 2019 was closer to league average than his superb 2018 season, but the lefty-tosser remains a valuable late-inning reliever. Both men are 35 this season and will be free agents in 2021.

I mentioned in the comments on one of the earlier posts that the Giants signed former Padres starter Tyson Ross to a minor-league deal. He is not on the 40-man roster but brings a lot of experience with ten years in the bigs (142 starts). Ross was drafted by the A's, a 2nd-round pick in 2008. He was born in Berkeley, went to high school in Oakland at Bishop O'Dowd, and played NCAA ball at Cal. He'll be 33 in April. Sounds like a great story in the making--local boy returns home and kicks ass!

That's the 40-man roster. Subject to change, of course. I expect it will be busy this year at the Giants complex in Arizona--I envision lots of bodies coming and going. The first Spring Training games are scheduled for February 21st.



M.C. O'Connor said...

Giants sign a veteran catcher named Tyler Heineman. He has over 2000 PA in the minors and played NCAA ball at UCLA. He's 28 and had a cuppa coffee last season with the Brewers. He hit well at AAA before the call-up and has a career .283/.362/.412 slash line. He's a switch hitter.


M.C. O'Connor said...


Ron said...

Love switching-hitting Catchers! Although this guy may not be Ted Simmons, hopefully, he'll at least be a John Tamargo!

M.C. O'Connor said...

Wow--John Tamargo. Haven't heard that name in a while!

Ron said...

Home Opener, 1979. Vida Blue outduels & outlasts Gaylord Perry. Then, after a pinch-hit by Willie Mac (pinch runner, Max Venable), John Tamargo hits a walk-off HR off of another ex-Giant (John D'Acquisto). I was there! Were you? It was a joyous drive back up to Davis after that one!:

M.C. O'Connor said...

You know, I don't remember. Sounds like I should have been, though! Cutting class to go the Opener would have been easy to do.