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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Giants’ Farhan Zaidi explains why Joey Bart was assigned to minors camp

Even top prospects fall victim to spring-training cuts. It’s no different for Joey Bart.

The Giants reassigned the promising catcher to minor league camp on Tuesday in a move that appears to be a surprise but ultimately wasn’t.

“Frankly, we didn’t see him making the Opening Day roster, and it was a possibility to send him out in the first wave [of cuts],” president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told reporters via The San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s really a testament to the work he did. He earned the right to stay a little beyond that first round.”

Heading into Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs in Scottsdale, the 23-year-old batted .438 with two home runs in nine games. Those of you reading could be split as to whether these numbers matter, but he still is one of the guys behind Buster Posey. Another factor to consider is the fact that minor league games begin Tuesday as well.

I’d make Kris Bryant jokes, but it doesn’t help matters that, unless his bat suddenly undergoes a massive improvement, it’s hard to justify placing Buster Posey anywhere but catcher.

 

QLE Posted: March 11, 2020 at 01:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, joey bart

Monday, February 24, 2020

How Giants, Farhan Zaidi might choose to use new 26th roster spot

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—As Giants veterans checked into camp last week, a couple of them referred to the 25-man roster in interviews. Like writing a new year on your checks, it’ll take a while for players to adjust to having a 26th man.

But on the second floor of the new facility at Scottsdale Stadium, there already have been plenty of conversations about it.

The front office has an extra roster spot to work with, and few executives will dig that more than Farhan Zaidi, who spent 2019 in an endless roster shuffle as he added depth and talent to the 40-man roster. Zaidi, general manager Scott Harris and manager Gabe Kapler have talked this spring of all the different ways they can go.

As the Giants go through their spring rotation for the first time, it’s far too early to project a full roster, especially in a camp where so many jobs are up for grabs. But we can take a look at how that roster will be impacted by the extra spot. The Giants will have 13 pitchers, that much we know. But what will they do with that 13th position player?

A story that will be of interest throughout the majors- wonder who will be getting these positions…..

QLE Posted: February 24, 2020 at 01:36 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants, rosters

 

 

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