Possible SF Giants September call-ups we’d like to see

Possible SF Giants September call-ups we’d like to see

By Evan Webeck

SAN FRANCISCO — Although it is no longer the free-for-all it once was when roster expanded to 40 players on at the start of September, the two extra spots major-league teams get now can serve a variety of purposes.

Those making a postseason push will shore up their benches and bullpens for the stretch run; for others whose hopes have been dashed, it offers an opportunity to reward their top prospects and get a peek at how they handle the highest level.

Unfortunately for these 2022 Giants, who finished August with their seventh straight loss and fell to 61-68 on Wednesday, it has become increasingly clear which camp they fall into.

The Giants announced Thursday they will add outfielder Lewis Brinson, acquired in a trade with the Astros Thursday, and infielder David Villar before Friday’s series opener with Philadelphia.

“Villar’s had an incredible year in Triple-A, so I think he’s a great option,” manager Gabe Kapler said this week.

Knowing the never-ending roster machinations of Farhan Zaidi, it seems likely more than two fresh faces will cycle through the clubhouse over last month of the season.


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – July 15: San Francisco Giants’ David Villar (70) reaches to pick up a grounder hit by Milwaukee Brewers’ Willy Adames (27) and throws him out at first base in the third inning of their MLB game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, July 15, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Yunior Marte, RHP: Marte’s name was the other that escaped the manager’s mouth. “I think (he) presents an interesting leverage option at some point in our bullpen and a guy that has the stuff to be great going forward,” Kapler said. Control problems have prevented Marte, 27, from harnessing the full potential of his upper-90s fastball-slider combo in his first big-league opportunities this year (a 6.13 ERA in 33⅔ innings), but he has struck out Triple-A hitters at a rate of 12.77 per nine innings.

Bryce Johnson, OF: Johnson, 26, earned a brief call-up earlier this year but is still searching for his first major-league hit. Maybe that can come this month. Adding him to the roster only makes more sense if Austin Slater (dislocated pinky finger) is forced to the injured list, which would leave Mike Yastrzemski as their only capable center fielder. The speedy switch hitter also gives the Giants something they don’t possess anywhere else — elite athleticism.

Heliot Ramos, OF: Unlike Villar, a once unheralded prospect enjoying a breakout season, adding Ramos for September wouldn’t be a reward as much as an incentive. Once seen as a possible power-hitting outfield solution for the big-league club this season, the 22-year-old Ramos has instead been stuck in a season-long slump at Triple-A. However, the Giants remain high on his future and want him around major-league coaches, evidenced by his cameo on the taxi squad during their series in Colorado. He would also bring an infusion of energy to the dugout and, like Johnson, would immediately become one of the club’s most athletic players.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: San Francisco Giants' Heliot Ramos (53) bats against the San Diego Padres in the ninth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, April 11, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 11: San Francisco Giants’ Heliot Ramos (53) bats against the San Diego Padres in the ninth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, April 11, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Cole Waites, RHP: Moving away from players already on the 40-man roster, we enter longer-shot territory. Waites, an 18th-round pick in 2019 with a heater that touches triple-digits, started the year at High-A but has shot through the system, recently promoted to Triple-A (where he has struck out five of the 11 batters he’s faced and hasn’t allowed a run). Rule V eligible this offseason, so the Giants risk losing him if they don’t add him to the 40. Low-stakes September baseball gives them a chance to see if they’ve found another power arm for their bullpen. If not Waites, then maybe R.J. Dabovich, a fourth-round pick in 2020 and another hard-throwing righty who has quickly risen through the system.

Kyle Harrison, LHP: It doesn’t sound like this is going to happen, but it would be fun, wouldn’t it? The 20-year-old De La Salle product has dominated at both levels he’s pitched at this season. Farm director Kyle Haines told us last week the plan is for Harrison to finish the season in Double-A Richmond. In a world where it was possible, though, Harrison’s mid-90s heater and wipeout slider could already play out of a major-league bullpen. (The Giants also aren’t ones to waste a 40-man spot, and Harrison won’t have to be added until after 2024, or when he reaches the bigs.)

Who won’t we see?

Source: Paradise Post

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