The San Francisco Giants waited until the sixth day of the 2020 MLB season before they made any moves to the roster. And by the standards they set in 2019, that’s a level of patience that I can’t quite wrap my head around.
Prior to Tuesday night’s home opener against the San Diego Padres, the Giants announced that catcher Chadwick Tromp had been added to the 30-man active roster. Fellow catcher Rob Brantly was subsequently designated for assignment.
OFFICIAL: Chadwick Tromp selected to the Major League roster. Rob Brantly designated for assignment.#SFGiants— SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 28, 2020
Tromp, a 25-year old righty, earned rave reviews in Summer Camp from beat reporters and coaches alike. It was a little bit surprising when he wasn’t on the Opening Day roster, though it was quickly revealed that he was dealing with a minor injury and was not yet ready to go.
Now he’s apparently healthy, and the Giants felt compelled to make room for him.
It’s unclear if Tromp will split time with Tyler Heineman, or if he’ll be the backup. Heineman started three of the first four games and surprised everyone with his performance, going 4-9 with 2 walks, and leading the team in fWAR.
Tromp, who was a mildly late addition to the player, expressed his excitement on social media.
Im lost at words. This is more than a dream come true. Thankyou god for showing me the way, and thankyou for giving me the strength and determination to wake up every day and go get it. This is just the beginning. 08/28/2020. WELCOME TO THE SHOW KID! @sfgiants pic.twitter.com/ntOMYnTKA4— Chadwick Tromp (@trompicalstorm) July 28, 2020
Whenever he gets into a game, Tromp will become the fourth Giant this year to make his MLB debut, joining Caleb Baragar, Dany Jimenez, and Joe McCarthy.
As for Brantly, he started one game and went 0-3. I would assume the Giants would like to keep the 31 year old righty in the player pool if they’re able to.