In the last year and a half the San Francisco Giants have proven time and again that they’re not going to do things conventionally. And that is yet again on display.
More than 24 hours after having to submit their player pool ahead of the July 1 start to Spring Training 2.0, the Giants became the last MLB team to release their player pool. Interestingly, the Giants opted to fill just 51 of the 60 spots for now.
If you can’t see the tweet, here’s the breakdown of the 51 names. Asterisks are next to those who are not on the 40-man roster:
Trevor Cahill **
Tyler Cyr **
Rico Garcia **
Luis Madero **
Carlos Navas **
Trevor Oaks **
Andrew Triggs **
Joey Bart **
Rob Brantly **
Tyler Heineman **
Billy Hamilton **
Heliot Ramos **
Joey Rickard **
Zach Green **
Marco Luciano **
Darin Ruf **
Pablo Sandoval **
Yolmer Sanchez **
There aren’t any surprises in terms of who was added (Cristhian Adames is the closest thing to a surprise, I guess), but there were plenty in terms of who wasn’t.
The Giants surprisingly left off five healthy players from their 40-man roster (in addition to three injured players: right-handed pitchers Tyler Beede and Reyes Moronta, and catcher Aramis Garcia).
The five omitted were right-handed pitchers Melvin Adon and Jandel Gustave, infielder Kean Wong, outfielder Jose Siri, and infielder/outfielder Chris Shaw.
It’s worth noting that the Giants can still add those players later, but they’re likely trying to maintain flexibility going forward, since it’s much easier to add players than take them off of the player pool. This gives the team more flexibility with free agent signings and trades.
Also missing is prospect Hunter Bishop. It was reported that Bishop would join fellow top prospects Bart, Luciano, and Ramos, but that’s going to be on hold, as he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Hunter Bishop has tested positive for COVID. #SFGIants— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) June 29, 2020
He will presumably be added to the player pool when it is safe to do so.
The Giants surely are not done. Some of those nine open spots will get filled, either with players currently on the team, or ones who are acquired. And there will be 40-man roster shuffling to get non-roster players like Sandoval on.
They’re far from done.