Big list of guys getting pink slipped by the organization today.
I wish them all well. Pro ball is hard as hell, its a huge grind, and its an unfair numbers game.
From Hank's Twitter, we have the following names:
Mark Teahen, MLB vet trying to latch on.
Ryan Cavan, UCSB grinder 2B who was drafted in the 16th round 2009.
Stephen Branca, undrafted FA signing who was grinding in the middle infield.
Joseph Rapp, one of the older Louisiana-Monroe draftees from 2012, 28th round, 1B Righty bat.
Shayne Houck, drafted right after Rapp in 2012, 3B/OF from Kutztown, PA. Houck is one of my favorite sleepers.
Cristian Otero, PR Yoot SS from the 2011 draft, 18th round. The Giants went with several Puerto Rican youths in this draft, they have now cut Otero and Jean Delgado (8th). There is a guy drafted in between named Law who is doing pretty well.
Christian Diaz, the third PR Yoot, a OF, 11th round of the same 2011 draft.
Drew Bowlin RHP from the 23rd round of the 2007 draft.
Justin Schumer, undrafted RHP who grinded for 4 years.
Leo Rojas, Catcher from 2012, 15th round that I just mentioned in my catcher 2014 draft preview, I think the PED suspension really hit hard, the Giants try to steer clear. But there are also a lot of talent coming into the system from 2013.
Casey Weathers, minor league vet who was trying to latch on, formerly 8th overall draft pick in 2007.
Renzo Frietes, IFA RHP with 4 years grinding.
Paul Davis, RHP drafted 17th round in 2011 draft.
In typical Giant fashion, there is no mention of it on sfgiants.com. However, I did find out that Edwin Escobar got optioned to Fresno yesterday. Looks like Cove Chatter and Giant Potential got Hank to get those names. Good work lads.
While we're in a transaction mood, BA has the following info:
Darren Ford signed up for a second go-round.
Kickham, Villalona, Brown and Duvall to Fresno
Flores and Strickland to SJ
From sfgiants.com they have the Kieschnick/Noonan getting assigned to Fresno as well. And Jose de Paula. See, BA isn't always THAT thorough.
The Giants only have so many spaces, and competition is fierce.
EDIT: It may not be Leo Rojas, instead Luis Rojas, we'll hold our breath until the Giants put it on the wire.