Two players were added to the roster: right-handed reliever Jharel Cotton, and corner infielder Jason Vosler. To make room for those two, right-handed pitcher Sean Hjelle was optioned to AAA Sacramento, and center fielder Lewis Brinson was designated for assignment.
#SFGiants roster moves:— SFGiants (@SFGiants) September 21, 2022
• IF Jason Vosler recalled from Triple-A Sacramento
• RHP Sean Hjelle optioned to Triple-A Sacramento
• RHP Jharel Cotton reported to the Major League Club
• OF Lewis Brinson designated for assignment
The notable moves here are Cotton and Brinson, who both represent the churn. Cotton was claimed off of waivers over the weekend, and has a lot of intrigue in his arm — albeit he hasn’t had good results yet in his career.
With one reclamation project in, another is out, and that one is Brinson, a former top prospect who is still trying to figure it out at the MLB level. Brinson had one heck of a highlight early in his Giants tenure, hitting a pair of home runs in a memorable win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he’s struggled since then. He finishes his Giants tenure hitting .167/.211/472, with 14 strikeouts in 39 plate appearances.
Also departing is Hjelle, who shined in the Giants Tuesday win over the Colorado Rockies. And back is Vosler, who has had a very bizarre season. He’s been excellent in the Majors, sporting a 143 wRC+ in 74 plate appearances. But he’s really struggled in AAA, with an 82 wRC+ in 398 plate appearances. Hopefully he continues the trend of being a great hitter at the highest level!
Whenever Cotton appears in a game he will become the 63rd person to play for the Giants this year. The franchise record is 64 players, set in 2019.