SAN FRANCISCO — There finally appears to be a wave of outfield talent moving through the Giants’ farm system, and the top prospect will hit the national stage next month.
Bryan Reynolds, the organization’s top pick in the 2016 draft, will participate in the All-Star Futures Game on July 9, the Sunday before the All-Star Game. The Futures Game is an annual contest that draws some of the top prospects in baseball.
Reynolds, 22, is off to a hot start for the High-A San Jose Giants. He has a .310 batting average, .350 on-base, and .463 slugging. In 64 games, Reynolds has four homers, seven triples and 15 doubles, showing the kind of speed/power combo that has the front office so excited about his future. The center fielder looks eager to force a promotion. He has raised his OPS every month, and in June he has a .556 slugging percentage.
Baseball America's Futures Game preview described Reynolds as a player with "big raw power, excellent speed and the ability to patrol center field with grace and ease."
The Giants believe Reynolds can stay in center field. Combined with Steven Duggar, he gives the organization a chance at finding an everyday player at a position that has always caused the front office to spend big money on free agents. This year's top pick, Heliot Ramos, also plays center. He will start his professional career this weekend.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner's broken left wrist is expected to heal without surgery, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts.
Turner was hurt Monday when hit by a pitch from Oakland's Kendall Graveman.
Turner arrived at the Dodgers spring training facility with a cast over his wrist Tuesday morning and was scheduled to see a hand specialist for an estimate of the time he could miss.
"We know that it's not a surgery thing, it's just essentially time," Roberts said. "That's the initial thought. That could change but that's what I've heard."
Turner hit .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs last year and was a first-time All-Star. He had 14 RBIs against the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series and was voted MVP.
The Dodgers appear poised to move Logan Forsythe from second base to third in Turner's absence and have Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley share time at second.
"It obviously makes a lot of sense to have Logan over there a lot more at third, and to kind of put together some guys at second base, and leave Chris (Taylor) in center field," Roberts said.
Backup catcher Austin Barnes also could see time at second base.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants moved closer to setting their opening day roster on Monday when they made a significant round of cuts to their spring training roster.
A total of 15 players were reassigned or optioned, bringing the total to 31 players remaining in camp. Many of the players cut Monday entered the spring competing for jobs.
In the outfield, Mac Williamson and Austin Slater were optioned to Triple-A and Chris Shaw was reassigned to minor league camp. Williamson had a huge spring and was the likeliest of the trio to push for an opening day spot, but he'll start his year in the minors. Steven Duggar was not among the cuts, and he remains an option to make the team, with the Giants also looking at Gregor Blanco, Gorkys Hernandez and Jarrett Parker for backup spots. Hernandez and Parker are out of minor league options.
Tyler Beede was optioned and Andrew Suarez was reassigned to minor league camp, leaving three players vying for the final two rotation spots. Ty Blach and Chris Stratton have been the favorites all along, although both struggled the last time out and Derek Holland has had a strong spring.
Both backup catchers -- Trevor Brown and Hector Sanchez -- were reassigned, along with Orlando Calixte, who saw time in the big leagues last year. Joan Gregorio, Jose Valdez, Justin O'Conner and Kyle Jensen were also reassigned. Chase d'Arnaud, who appeared to be making a strong push, was on the list, too, leaving Josh Rutledge as the only competition for Kelby Tomlinson for the final infield spot.
Finally, Derek Law and Roberto Gomez were optioned to Triple-A. Josh Osich remains and appears the frontrunner for a bullpen job. Julian Fernandez, the Rule 5 pick, also remains in camp.
The Giants break camp on Friday.