SAN FRANCISCO — The rebuild/reload kicked up a notch Saturday morning when the Giants called up one of their more intriguing prospects.
Power-hitting 23-year-old Ryder Jones was added from Triple-A Sacramento, taking the roster spot of Aaron Hill, who was designated for assignment. Jones will primarily play third base, but he can also handle first base and the outfield. He is a prospect Bruce Bochy has always liked because of his power potential and he has broken through this season, his first in Triple-A.
Jones was batting .299 with 10 homers and 16 doubles in 53 games for the River Cats. The knock on him has always been a lack of patience at the plate, but he has upped his on-base percentage to .390, a jump of 99 points from his 2016 season in Double-A. In June, Jones had put together a .343/.450/.701 slash line.
Jones was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, one round after Christian Arroyo. He is one of the organization’s more physical prospects, standing 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, with an emerging power stroke and the athleticism to handle the outfield.
For a while this season, it looked like left field would be Jones’ best shot at a spot. But Austin Slater is locked in there and the Giants have an opening at third, with Hill now gone, Eduardo Nuñez on the disabled list, and Conor Gillaspie struggling. Jones should get at least a week or two there to show what he can do, and his new manager is among those looking forward to it.
“His confidence has really grown,” Bochy said of Jones last week. “He’s a power threat. He’s a guy I’m watching. He’s a guy we don’t have here, who has a lot of power.”
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.