Hello and happy Wednesday. There will be a new Community Prospect List to vote on this morning, so get in your final votes for the first one while you still can.
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Giants made a personnel move, as they announced that J.P. Martinez had been hired as assistant pitching coach. Martinez will take the spot of Ethan Katz, who left the position to join Tony La Russa’s staff on the Chicago White Sox.
Martinez is 38, and had been employed as the Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coordinator since 2018. He’d spent more than six years working in the Twins Minor League system.
The Giants announced that J.P. Martinez will be their assistant pitching coach, replacing Ethan Katz, who is the White Sox pitching coach now. Martinez, 38, had been a minor league pitching coordinator for the Twins.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) December 1, 2020
According to Martinez’s LinkedIn, he’s an “analytically-minded hard-worker and problem-solver with attention to detail.” He also speaks Spanish.
Welcome to the Giants, J.P.!
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Giving thanks for Giants-related things (Nov. 26, 2015 — Grant Brisbee)
- Grant Brisbee lists some possible reclamation projects for the bullpen (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Kerry Crowley on the hiring of J.P. Martinez (Mercury News)
- Alex Pavlovic on the Giants prioritizing smart baseball moves over saving money (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Chris Haft lists the top 10 moments in Gaylord Perry’s career (MLB)
- Alex Pavlovic on the arbitration-eligible Giants (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Marc Delucchi on how Minor League changes could help the Giants (Around the Foghorn)
- Eric Longenhagen examines the players who lost their rookie status in 2020 (Fangraphs)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are 120 days until Opening Day.
Have a sensational Wednesday.