2013 San Jose Standouts Among First Big League Roster Cuts
By Joe RitzoThe San Francisco Giants made their first round of roster cuts today as 13 players were sent to minor league camp, including several standouts from last year’s San Jose team. 2013 SJ Giants Jeff Arnold, Ty Blach, Clayton Blackburn, Jose Casilla, Kyle Crick, Angel Villalona and Mac Williamson were among the players that have been assigned to minor league camp.
The cuts aren’t a surprise as these players weren’t in consideration to make San Francisco’s opening day roster and will now get a chance for regular playing time in minor league exhibition games, which are set to begin on Wednesday. In fact, Blach, Blackburn and Crick never appeared in an official big league spring game. Crick did make some headlines earlier this week when he appeared in a “B” game against the Cubs tossing two innings. Reportedly, Crick labored through his first inning yielding one run before striking out the side in a scoreless second inning of work.
Williamson picked-up one single over three at-bats in official spring training action while Arnold was 0-for-1 in limited action. Casilla allowed two runs in 1/3 of an inning in his lone relief appearance. Villalona is the only 40-man member among the group of cuts (the others were all non-roster invitees) and thus had to be placed on a minor league roster today upon his assignment. While it doesn’t guarantee that he’ll open the year with them, it’s notable that Villalona was placed on Triple-A Fresno’s roster today, perhaps signaling that he’ll start the 2014 campaign in the Pacific Coast League. Villalona was 0-for-7 with three strikeouts in big league spring action.
Other former San Jose Giants that were assigned to minor league camp today include infielder Joe Panik (0-for-3) and pitcher Chris Heston (2 IP, 2 R). Ben Turner (0-for-1), San Jose’s likely starting catcher this season after playing in Augusta all of 2013, was also sent down.
54 players remain in Giants big league camp. Pitchers Edwin Escobar and Derek Law are now the only active 2013 San Jose Giants still in camp. Through yesterday’s action, Escobar has worked a total of three no-hit innings spanning two appearances. Law has pitched in just one game thus far tossing a perfect inning of relief last weekend.
2012 San Jose standouts Adam Duvall and Andrew Susac are still participating in big league camp as is 2011 Giants MVP Gary Brown. Former SJ Giants Juan Perez and Roger Kieschnick continue to battle for the fifth outfield spot, Ehire Adrianza and Nick Noonan are still involved in the fight to make the team as reserve infielders while Jake Dunning and Heath Hembree remain contenders for the opening day roster out of the bullpen. Mark Minicozzi also continues to impress with five hits, including a home run, in nine spring at-bats.