Hello and happy Thursday. I hope it’s a wonderful one for you.
The current international signing period is nearing an end, and the San Francisco Giants — as they have been all year — are remaining active. The incomparable @giantsprospects had news — and even a little video — on the four most-recent signings by the Giants, which pushes their total for this period over 50.
San Francisco reportedly added right-handed pitchers Brayan Alejandro Palencia, Yonathan Rafael Ochoa, and Jose Gabriel Gonzalez, along with catcher Claudio Jose Falcon (80-grade name).
Giants signed RHP Brayan Alejandro Palencia (17.8Y, 5'11" 142) to an international free agent contract. He is from San Felipe, Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/FxPRoftTbZ— GPT (@giantsprospects) October 7, 2020
Giants signed RHP Yonathan Rafael Ochoa (17.11Y, 6'3" 175) to an international free agent contract. He is from Valencia, Venezuela.— GPT (@giantsprospects) October 7, 2020
Giants signed C/RHH Claudio Jose Falcon (17.10Y, 6'3" 192) to an international free agent contract. He is from San Felipe, Venezuela. He trained at AQ Sports Academy.— GPT (@giantsprospects) October 7, 2020
Giants signed RHP Jose Gabriel Gonzalez (18.3Y, 6'1" 180) to an international free agent contract. He is from San Felipe, Venezuela.— GPT (@giantsprospects) October 7, 2020
With four signings today, the Giants 2019-20 international signing class has reached 50 players. I would guess this is the largest ever signing class for the Giants. This signing cycle ends next Thursday. The next one will open 3 months after that.— GPT (@giantsprospects) October 7, 2020
Most international signings are low-budget moves, and a large percentage never even see the Minor Leagues. Still, the Giants making so many signings is further evidence of the current regime exploring all options for growth.
Thanks as always to @giantsprospects for always being on top of this valuable info.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
No he did not.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Masahiro Tanaka, the Giants, and you (Aug. 29, 2013 — Grant Brisbee)
- Roger Munter examines Logan Webb’s season (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee reminisces about Tim Lincecum dominating the Atlanta Braves 10 years ago (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Henry Schulman on how the Giants proved they can still win even while they look towards the future (SF Chronicle)
- Alex Pavlovic looks at 10 Giants who might be on different teams next year (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Andrew Baggarly analyzes Joey Bart’s rookie campaign (The Athletic, subscription required)
- John Shea on how Dusty Baker is trying to avoid what happened when the Reds were up 2-0 on the Giants (SF Chronicle)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are 175 days until Opening Day.
Have a wonderful Thursday, friends.