The San Francisco Giants made their third round of Major League camp cuts on Wednesday, eliminating six players from consideration for the Opening Day roster. And for the first time this spring, it included a player who seemed to have a good chance of landing on the roster when the Giants visit the Seattle Mariners on April 1.
Infielder Jason Vosler was one of two players on the 40-man roster who were optioned, joining left-handed pitcher Sam Selman. Four others were non-roster players who were reassigned: right-handed pitcher Silvino Bracho, outfielder Joe McCarthy (a 2020 Opening Day starter), right-handed pitcher Rico Garcia (who is undergoing Tommy John surgery), and recently-signed left-handed pitcher Phil Pfeifer.
The #SFGiants have assigned 6 players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 42 to 36.— SFGiants (@SFGiants) March 25, 2021
40-Man Players Optioned:
LHP Sam Selman
IF Jason Vosler
Non-Roster Invitees Reassigned:
RHP Silvino Bracho
RHP Rico Garcia
OF Joe McCarthy
LHP Phil Pfeifer
It will definitely turn heads that Vosler was optioned. The team signed him to a Major League contract in the offseason — despite the fact that he’s yet to make his MLB debut — and he’s played decently in Spring Training, hitting 14-45 with 4 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 walks to 14 strikeouts.
While Vosler’s path to the roster was initially clouded by the Tommy La Stella signing, Brandon Belt’s offseason injuries and sicknesses made it seem like Vosler could crack the Opening Day roster. Belt is scheduled to pinch-hit in Wednesday night’s game, which will be his first appearance of the spring. Either the Giants expect him to be ready by next week, or they’re comfortable with an infield of La Stella, Wilmer Flores, Donovan Solano, Brandon Crawford, Evan Longoria, and utility player Mauricio Dubón.
By my count, there are now 36 players competing for 26 Opening Day spots. Teams are only allowed to carry 13 pitchers, and the Giants only have 14 position players left in camp, meaning only one of the remaining 10 cuts can be a position player.
Here’s who’s left:
Right-handed pitchers (15)
Left-handed pitchers (7)
Tommy La Stella
LaMonte Wade Jr.
Position unknown (1)