Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hot Stove Update: Giants Add Minor League Free Agents

We already talked about Orlando Calixte who the Giants added to the 40 man MLB roster days after signing him to a minor league contract.  They also signed 3 other notable minor league deals in the past week:

Wynton Bernard, OF, 26 yo, B-R, T-R.  6'2", 195 lbs.  .279/.344/.396, 13 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 23 SB in 376 AB(AA/AAA).  Bernard was drafted by the Padres in 2012 but played last year in the Detroit Tigers organization.  He is fast and plays mostly CF.

Juniel Querecuto, IF, 24 yo, B-S, T-R.  5'9", 155 lbs.  .241/.298/.341, 19 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 340 AB(AAA).  Querecuto comes out of the Rays organization.  He went 1 for 11 with a triple with the MLB club last year.  He played mostly SS.

Michael Roth, LHP, 27 yo.  6'1", 210 lbs.  11-5, 2.97, 145.1 IP, 42 BB, 94 K, GO/AO= 1.31(AAA).  Roth is a well known name in prospect watching circles.  Classic polished college lefty drafted out of South Carolina in 2012.  Has always pitched well in the minors but has gotten bombed in several MLB trials.  He probably just does not have the stuff to get MLB hitters out.


  1. There has been lots oftalk about a trade for J. D. Martinez with mentions of the "future" of the Giants -- Christian Arroy -- being dealt for the one-year rental of the quality LFer.
    This would be rolling the dice for 2017!
    Would SF do something like that?
    OTOH, if Detroit is "rebuilding," how about another Tiger with one year left, Francisco Rodriguez, a closer with 90% success, added to the mix as a backup plan in case one of the Big 3 FA's isn't signed?
    Is Detroit rebuilding? They won 85 games last year, one fewer than the Giants, with a very off-year from their FA prize Jordan Zimmermann. Are they really out of the mix in 2017? Shouldn't they wait until the trading deadline to see how they are doing? These two players might be worth even more then.

    1. Oooh! I would hope the Giants would not trade Arroyo for JD Martinez or even Martinez + KRod.

      Yep, it does seem like the Tigers are rebuilding which represents an abrupt change in direction from just last year when they spent big on Zimm and J Upton.

    2. Oh, please, no. Maybe Arroyo doesn't pan out, but last I checked Joe Biagini (Rule 5) could have really helped our bullpen last year. And I couldn't help but notice that Duvall ended up being an All-Star (and a fairly good fielder, it wasn't all HRs) in LF while we got little out of Mike Leake.

      And, of course, being old I just have the 49er/Giant/Warrior fan fear of trades as it always seems that we come up on the short-end of the stick more often than not... Not always. The Giants have been reasonably good in the teens. But decades upon decades of bad trades have left their scars.

    3. Joe Biagini was a favorite GIants prospect of mine, but when you consider who they protected last year, it is understandable that he was the odd man out. As for Duvall, he had a great season, no question, but it may have been a bit on the fluky side. He hit 20 of his 33 HR in the months of May and June and just 13 on the other 4 months. He also hit 23 of 33 in the first half. Combine that with his K rate and I'm not sure how sustainable this season is for him.