Who knows when we’ll finally have San Francisco Giants baseball again, but when we do, it won’t involve Jerry Blevins, Matt Carasiti, or Brandon Guyer.
According to Giants transaction source @giantsprospects, San Francisco released those three players — and 12 others — this week.
Giants released LHP Jerry Blevins, OF Brandon Guyer, RHP Matt Carasiti, RHP Jamie Callahan, RHP Logan Harasta, OF Jose Layer, RHP Israel Cruz, RHP Trevor Horn, RHP Andy Rohloff, P Ben Strahm, P Deiyerbert Bolivar, C Chris Corbett, 2B Kyle McPherson, OF Mikey Edie, OF Randy Norris— GPT (@giantsprospects) April 2, 2020
None of this is surprising, as none of them stood out during the abbreviated Spring Training. However, Blevins and Guyer had both had some pretty decent years on their MLB resume, and Carasiti had shown some glimpses at the MLB level. Those three all entered camp with a serious shot at earning a spot on the 26-man roster, but Farhan Zaidi, Scott Harris, and Gabe Kapler saw enough in the shortened spring to make a decision.
Blevins, a left-handed specialist (which is now a dying breed) struggled mightily, allowing 10 hits (including 2 home runs), 2 walks, and 9 earned runs in just 3.2 innings, while striking out 3.
Carasiti, a right-handed reliever, was a little bit better, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 earned runs in 5 innings, with 7 strikeouts.
Guyer, a corner outfielder and first baseman, went 1-7 with a double, a walk, and 2 strikeouts.
The other 12 players are minor leaguers in the Giants farm who did not appear in an Spring Training games, and will head back to their minor league camps, whenever baseball resumes.
It’s unclear if the timing of these transactions is for any reason other than to save the Giants a little bit of money.