Giants prospects Beede, Arroyo impress in final hours in big league camp

Giants prospects Beede, Arroyo impress in final hours in big league camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Before Sunday's game, the Giants reassigned Christian Arroyo and Tyler Beede to minor league camp. The organization's top two prospects made sure to make big impressions on the way out of Scottsdale Stadium.

Beede pitched two shutout innings, lowering his Cactus League ERA to 0.96. Arroyo went the opposite way in the ninth inning for his first homer of the spring.

The front office has not set a timetable on either player's arrival in San Francisco, but both are expected to push for summer or September promotions from Triple-A Sacramento. Manager Bruce Bochy added an interesting wrinkle to Beede's case Sunday, saying the staff has discussed using the right-hander out of the bullpen at some point.

"I'm not saying that's what he's going to do, but it keeps his options open and ours if we need help in the 'pen," Bochy said. "He's at 94-95 (mph) and he's a guy that holds runners well. He's a guy with good stuff."

Beede said earlier this month that he's intrigued by the possibility of helping the Giants down the stretch as a reliever, but for now his focus remains on getting stretched out. He entered camp as the seventh starter in the organization and did nothing but help his cause. Over five spring appearances, Beede allowed nine hits and one run in 9 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five, and coaches raved about the presence he showed on the mound a year after he appeared to be nervous during spring outings. 

“I’m happy with it,” Beede said. “It went way better than I expected in terms of comfortability and how sharp I felt. For the most part, you want to make sure you leave a good impression so they know what they’ve got if there is the possibility of being called up.”

Beede felt he didn’t do that last spring, but he shook it off to post a 2.81 ERA for Double-A Richmond. That showed Bochy something. The last month showed him even more. 

“It’s been neat to watch his progression in the past year,” he said. “Last year, he did a good job in Richmond. The velocity picked up. He’s a four-pitch guy. I think he made enough noise that we’re confident that we can use him at any point.”

Shortly after Beede made his final case, Arroyo left a lasting mark. His homer to deep right raised his average in big league camp to .278. Over three springs at Scottsdale Stadium, Arroyo is now 19-for-44 with three homers. He took the news in stride, saying it’s time to get regular playing time. Arroyo will continue to play second, short and third for Sacramento, with the idea that he could be a midseason fill-in if injuries pop up. 

“I got an extra week this year, so that was fun, but it’s time for me to get some more consistent at-bats and go back over to the minor league side,” he said. “Hopefully I left the people here with a smile on their face.”

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure


Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”