Several moves were made today at the San Francisco Giants big league spring training: 21 players were reassigned to minor league spring training.
Several players were optioned to Fresno’s preliminary roster: Ehire Adrianza, Nick Noonan, Juan Perez, Roger Kieschnick, Jake Dunning, Chris Heston, Dan Otero, and Sandy Rosario. Each of these players is on the Giants 40-man roster.
Meanwhile, Boof Bonser, Steve Edlefsen, Heath Hembree, Michael Kickham, Tyler LaTorre, Mitch Lively, Shane Loux, Ricky Oropesa, Adam Duvall, Brock Bond, and Gary Brown were each “reassigned.”
Looking at the list of cuts today, most stand out as potential Grizzlies on Opening Day (April 4th). Adrianza and Noonan appear to be future Grizzlies up the middle of the infield. While Noonan has experience at second base, third base, and shortstop, Adrianza has played in 582 career games at shortstop and 1 at second base. Bond has played both second and third base in his career. The switch-hitting, on-base machine could fill wherever Noonan is not playing (or vice versa).
Perez and Kieschnick are going to be a part of a potentially loaded Grizzlies outfield to start the season. Perez has spent the last two seasons at Double-A Richmond, including a 2012 season in which he batted .302 with 11 home runs and 18 stolen bases (33 attempts). Kieschnick, despite missing three months with a shoulder injury, led the Grizzlies with 15 home runs in 2012.
Other possibilities in the Grizzlies outfield include Brown, the Giants’ 2nd-best prospect according to MLB.com, and Francisco Peguero. Peguero has stood out this spring, batting .424 in 13 games with the big club. He is competing with Cole Gillespie, Andres Torres, among others, for a spot in the Giants outfield.
LaTorre was assigned to minor league camp after returning from his time with Team Italy at the World Baseball Classic. LaTorre appeared in 2 games with Italy, going 1-for-4 with a walk.
Bonser, Heston, and Kickham are the frontrunners for the Grizzlies starting pitching staff. Bonser used the 2012 season to recover from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander started out of the bullpen with Fresno last July, but slowly worked his way back to a starting role. In 307 career games, Bonser has started 245 of them. Heston and Kickham are the rising prospects, who recently gained the attention of the Giants brass. Heston was the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year last year while Kickham is a hard-throwing left-hander. Those can be hard to find.
Dunning, Edlefsen, Hembree, Lively, Loux, Otero, and Rosario are candidates for the Grizzlies’ relief corps. Loux has plenty of starting experience in his career, but he pitched solely out of the bullpen in 2012. Rosario is the latest addition to the Giants organization. The right-hander posted a 1.04 ERA in 25 appearances with the New Orleans Zephyrs in 2012 while leading the team with 16 saves. The Grizzlies’ co-leader in saves from yesteryear, Hembree, will be looking to improve himself in the early part of this season to make sure he can crack the Giants’ roster soon.
Yes, yesterday was the “21 Days Till Opening Day” mark.
Yes, we missed it, but that was because we were too busy announcing our exciting promo schedule for the 2013 season.
So, as an apology, we are offering the first look of the Brandon Crawford Farm Grown bobblehead (wearing his Grizzlies jersey number 21).
But we are going to announce part of the schedule here first. Below are six anagrams. Unscramble the words, and you can learn what the Grizzlies will be giving away in 2013.
blubberhead obeys poets
A hot, acid babblement
Noble cow hand of drabber drab
Bachelor balk blew lid
Elder Sign Row Sir
Franc Swarm Frog
Follow us on Twitter (@FresnoGrizzlies) as we will be rolling out parts of the promo schedule over the entire day on March 14. First promo tweet will be sent out around 9 am PT.
Calling all Pinterest lovers! The Fresno Grizzlies Opening Weekend is right around the corner and it’s time to get your tickets Pinterest style.
Pinterest is the place to pin everything that you love and find interesting. What’s more interesting than FREE tickets to see your Fresno Grizzlies? Join our Pinterest contest to be eligible for FREE tickets to any game during Opening Weekend!
The winner will get to enjoy a night at Chukchansi Park on us as the Grizzlies take on the Tacoma Rainiers. There will also be an incredible fireworks show Thursday and Friday that you will not want to miss. Join the competition by following the simple instructions below and start pinning!
- Follow the Fresno Grizzlies Pinterest Account
- Create your own Pin Board labeled “Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Pins”
- Repin at least 5 of our pins onto your “Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Pins” board
- Email the link to your board to email@example.com
- The most pinteresting and amusing “Fresno Grizzlies Baseball Pins” board, selected by the Grizzlies social media team, receives 4 free tickets to one of the opening games at Chukchansi Park April 4th-7th.
Contest ends Tuesday, April 2nd.
*Winners will be notified through email.
Buster Posey, the Grizzlies catcher in 2009 and 2010, wore jersey number 28 with Fresno. And, how convenient, we are 28 days from Opening Day on April 4th at Chukchansi Park.
Sure, Gerald Dempsey Posey III is becoming the face of Major League Baseball. That is pretty easy when your list of accomplishments from a single season include:
- NL MVP
- NL All-Star (starting catcher nonetheless)
- NL Silver Slugger
- NL batting title
- NL Comeback Player of the Year
- NL Hank Aaron Award
- Willie Mac Award
- And…World Series champion (just a small feat)
Add those honors from 2012 to his 2010 NL Rookie of the Year award, 2010 World Series win, and 2008 Golden Spikes Award, and Posey has established quite a resume over just 2 years and 161 days of Major League service time (with a good chunk of that burned up by the devastating leg injury suffered in 2011).
While with the Grizzlies, though, Posey batted .337/.421/.535 with 21 doubles, 11 home runs, and 54 RBIs over 82 games. For his entire Minor League career, he batted .333/.427/.542 over 172 games. It’s pretty difficult to put up those numbers in the minors and not almost command the expectations of being the next big thing when you arrive in the Majors. So far, Posey has met and exceeded all hopes and dreams of the Giants and Giants fans alike.
Fun fact: Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner were the first all-rookie starting battery in a World Series game back in 2010 since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra started for the New York Yankees in the 1947 World Series. Both Posey and Bumgarner started the 2010 season as Fresno Grizzlies.
Brandon Belt, who wore jersey number 29 with the Grizzlies in 2011, counts us down to Opening Day on April 4th at Chukchansi Park. The left-handed hitting first baseman is one of the 17 of the 25 players on the Giants’ 2012 World Series roster who has played for the Grizzlies at one point in their careers.
“Baby Giraffe,” as his nickname goes, has played in 62 career games with the Grizzlies over the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He holds a .291 batting average with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs in a Grizzlies uniform.
Belt was a rapidly rising star in 2010 as he led all of the minor leagues in OPS (1.075) while also finishing 2nd in the minors in batting average (.352) and OBP (.455), 4th in RBIs (112), and 7th in slugging percentage (.620).
The 2011 season was little more rocky for the native Texan. He shuttled between San Francisco and Fresno, playing in 49 games with the Grizzlies and 63 with the Giants.
Then, in 2012, Belt became a World Series champion. Any 2011 disappointments were quickly awash.
Belt enters this year’s Spring Training with the security of the Giants starting first baseman job lined up. With the starting job in tow, Belt is 12-for-25 with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs in 8 games. Spring Training stats are moot once the season starts, but Belt is doing his part to carry plenty of momentum into the regular season.
The world has been taken over by the shake-filled meme, including some of the Fresno Grizzlies front office. Parker and the rest of the front office, however, show everyone the real Harlem Shake.
Today (March 4th) is National Grammar Day! Wait, you’re (not your) not excited? Who doesn’t love grammar?
National Grammar Day started in 2008 as instituted by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. It is not meant as a day to bash others on their lack of good grammar. March 4th is meant to commend others for what they do well with the English language.
One of the highlights from National Grammar Day is the Grammar Day Haiku Contest. Our haiku celebrates grammar as well. That is Graham-ar, as in former Grizzlies outfielder Tyler Graham. (Nobody said we are good with puns. We will stick to good grammar instead. Tough crowd.). It celebrates Tyler Graham’s record-breaking 60 stolen bases from 2011. The 60 steals are the most ever in a single season by a Grizzlies player in franchise history.
Flashback two years ago
60 steals, Grizzlies record
Have a day Graham-ar
Think you can do better? Leave your Grizzlies haiku in our comments section. We will tweet out our favorites.
Ryan Lollis, sporting jersey number 31 during the 2012 season, helps us count down to the 2013 Opening Day on Thursday, April 4th at Chukchansi Park.
Lollis, 26, played at the Triple-A level for the first time in his career last season. Over 50 games with the Grizzlies, the Houston, Texas native batted .309 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 21 RBIs. He also posted a .393 OBP and .434 SLG.
The left-handed outfielder’s stint with the Grizzlies was unexpected, but due to injuries and Major League promotions during the middle of July, Lollis was able to get his first taste of Triple-A action. He became the Grizzlies’ everyday center fielder immediately after his first game on July 12 at Tucson.
One of Lollis’ standout performances from last year was his 3-double performance on August 2nd vs. Nashville. His final double of the night proved most vital as it was a walk-off hit to give the Grizzlies a 4-3 win in 11 innings.
Lollis began the 2012 season with Class A Advanced San Jose. He batted .296/.347/.418 over 75 games with the Giants.
He holds a .299 batting average with .364 OBP and .405 SLG over his 4-year career entering 2013. Lollis was drafted by San Francisco in the 37th round of the 2009 Draft out of the University of Missouri.
February has ended and March has arrived. While Grizzlies baseball starts on April 4th, Chukchansi Park will be hosting several events in the month leading up to baseball season.
On March 2nd, the Buchanan Babe Ruth baseball league will be hosting its baseball carnival on the Chukchansi Park field. Teams from the Buchanan league will play one-hour games between 9 am and 4 pm. Over 1,500 people are expected to be at Chukchansi Park throughout the day.
A week later on Saturday, March 9th, another baseball league will be hosting its annual carnival in Downtown Fresno. Central Babe Ruth baseball league will play a day full of games, including some games under the Chukchansi Park lights. Nearly 3,000 people will be at Chukchansi Park during the day and evening.
Sunday, March 24th is a big day for Chukchansi Park in more ways than one. After last year’s successful debut of Liga MX soccer at Chukchansi Park (an event that drew the largest crowd ever at the stadium), two new teams, the Monarcas de Morelia and Dorados de Sinaloa, will play an exhibition match.
Monarcas are based in Morelia, Michoacan and compete in the top league of Liga MX. Morelia won the 2010 SuperLiga after beating Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution in the finals.
Dorados are based in the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa. They compete in the Ascenso MX league, the second-tier of Mexican professional soccer. While they are a second division team, the Dorados feature Mexican soccer legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco. Blanco played for Mexico in three different World Cups and has also played for Club America of Liga MX.
March 24th kicks off with a Fresno Fuego intra-squad game at noon. There will also be a pre-game concert near the Tecate Cantina. Tickets for the Liga MX game can be purchased here.