Giants’ Spring Training Takes Shape
The San Francisco Giants released their list of 25 non-roster Spring Training invitees earlier this week, and while there are always the headliners, seven players on the list have worn a Grizzlies uniform in their career. In addition to the 38 players currently on the 40-man roster, there will be 63 players attending the Giants big league camp.
The list of non-roster invitees can possibly be a small preview of those who may play in Fresno in 2012. In fact, 16 of the 24 non-roster invitees from 2011 spent time with the Grizzlies last season.
As for the 2012 invitees, here are the players with previous experience in Fresno:
The right-hander made 25 starts for the Grizzlies in 2011, his first year in the Giants organization. He was named a 2011 PCL Mid-Season All-Star as well as PCL Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 2nd. During the month of May, the 29-year-old went 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA and allowed only one home run over 36 innings pitched.
Fresno is the fifth PCL team Loux has pitched for since the 2006 season. The right-hander led Fresno in innings pitched last year with 179 and 1/3 innings. The 32-year-old has appeared in 39 Major League games in his career between the Detroit Tigers (2002-03) and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2008-09).
After opening the 2011 season with the Diablos Rojos del Mexico, Machi joined the Grizzlies for three games, going 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA and six strikeouts against no walks. Originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2000, the right-hander will be in his first big-league camp with the Giants. The Venezuela native also pitched in the Venezuela Winter League this past offseason, posting a 1.47 ERA over 28 games with the Navegantes del Magallanes.
Noonan made his Triple-A debut in 2011 after steadily progressing through the Giants farm system. The 22-year-old, who was drafted by the Giants 32nd overall in the 2007 Draft, batted .297 with a .366 on-base percentage in a Fresno uniform. The Poway, California native has consistently been viewed as one of the Giants’ top infield prospects according to Baseball America.
The southpaw from the Dominican Republic split his 2011 season between Richmond (33 games) and Fresno (7 games). The 26-year-old first pitched with the Grizzlies in 2007, where he threw only one inning with a hit allowed and a strikeout. Rodriguez was signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent in 2004.
The Giants’ 43rd overall pick from the 2007 Draft has been with the Grizzlies for much of the last two seasons. After appearing in 42 games with Fresno in 2010, Williams played in 56 games with the Grizzlies in 2011. He batted .184/.288/.232 last season, but defensively, he threw out over 35% of attempted base stealers.
Yourkin led the Grizzlies in strikeouts in 2011 after placing second to Eric Hacker in 2010. The 30-year-old has made 53 starts in 58 games with Fresno over the last two seasons, placing him fourth on the Grizzlies all-time list for career starts. The Napa, California native is also among the Grizzlies all-time career leaders in wins (17, 8th), strikeouts (255, 8th) and innings pitched (303, 7th).