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Giants announce Opening Day roster

Matt Beaty and Brett Wisely are there. Bryce Johnson and Sean Hjelle are not.

Brett Wisely making a throw the infield Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images

A few days ago, San Francisco Giants President of Baseball Operations was on a Spring Training broadcast and seemed to reveal the team’s plans for the Opening Day roster. I wrote about what the roster would look like, but cautioned you not to take your money to Vegas to bet on the final 26.

And indeed, two of the names that I felt Zaidi had said would make the Opening Day roster will not be there: outfielder Bryce Johnson and right-handed pitcher Sean Hjelle.

Instead, they’re replaced by Brett Wisely and the newest member of the organization, Matt Beaty, who was acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Royals a few hours before the game.

The Beaty trade seems to have impacted multiple people’s roster spots, which created an unfortunate situation: Wisely’s parents won’t be at his first MLB game, because the Giants informed him on Wednesday night that he wouldn’t make the roster, causing his family to cancel their flights.

If Wisely and Beaty are both on the roster after not being in the plans on Wednesday night, that means two players that were in the plans are now starting the season elsewhere. Johnson is likely one of those, and Hjelle might be as well, or perhaps outfielder Stephen Piscotty, who has been granted his request for a release.

Most notable on the Giants roster is the addition of Wisely, who has played just five games in AAA. That’s fairly unlike the Giants, but they love his versatility after playing him at all three spots up the middle in spring. He’s also their only left-handed hitting infielder (other than first base).

Also of note is that the Giants are including just 12 pitchers, and 14 position players. That will likely change before long, but with off days after their first, fourth, and 12th games of the year, and with seven of their 12 pitchers capable of pitching starters innings, it’s a good time to load up on hitters.

And so, with that, here’s the Giants Opening Day 26-player roster:

Right-handed pitchers:
John Brebbia
Alex Cobb
Anthony DeSclafani
Camilo Doval
Jakob Junis
Tyler Rogers
Ross Stripling
Logan Webb

Left-handed pitchers:
Scott Alexander
Sean Manaea
Taylor Rogers
Alex Wood

Joey Bart
Roberto Pérez
Blake Sabol

Brandon Crawford
J.D. Davis
Thairo Estrada
Wilmer Flores
David Villar
LaMonte Wade Jr.
Brett Wisely

Matt Beaty
Michael Conforto
Joc Pederson
Mike Yastrzemski

And if you’re wondering who gets the nod when the first game begins, well ... there are a few surprises there, too.

Four things stand out. First, Flores is getting the start at third base over Villar. Sounds like that’s more of an Opening Day thing than an everyday thing.

Second, Davis is coming off the bench. Gabe Kapler has quite a difficult task figuring out how to split up infielder time, and Davis and Villar both being out of the lineup is further evidence of that.

Third, Pérez is getting the catcher start over Bart. It always seemed like a bluff when Kapler said Bart’s spot on the roster wasn’t guaranteed, but they’re down on him enough to not have him be the first stringer.

And fourth, Sabol makes his MLB debut and confirms that the Giants will, indeed, have 17 Opening Day left fielders in 17 years.

What a day.