SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As a catcher, Tommy Joseph has a long way to go to passBuster Posey on the Giants depth chart.But after a two homer game Saturday in Scottsdale, Joseph is starting to makehis manager take notice.Wow, Bruce Bochy said after watching Joseph deposit two fastballs over the left-field fence in a split squad win over the Brewers. Hes making the most of theat-bats hes getting and what a day for him. A 20-year-old kid that reallyhandles himself well here and hes getting quality at-bats.Joseph is getting more at-bats as Posey is eased back into regular playingtime, and hes taking advantage. Hes also learning a lot from the Giants starcatcher. After getting hammered in the helmet by teammates following his 3rdinning home run, Posey gave Joseph some advice.RELATED: Giants split; beat Brewers, fall to Angels
Buster was giving me a hard time, Joseph said. He waslike you gotta learn to take your helmet off before you get in the dugout soyou dont start getting wailed.The way he was smiling after the game, Joseph will gladly take a beating if itmeans more days like Saturday.
It feels really good, Joseph said. Scottsdale is my home so I get to do itin front of my friends and family everyday. So to do that in front of them wasreally special.Joseph said he had eight friends and family members at Scottsdale Stadium for agame in which he started as the designated hitter. He was moved to catcher inthe seventh inning and told me that he was glad to get the chance to playdefense as well.I have more funcatching than hitting or anything else, Joseph said. Its way more fun tocatch a no-hitter or a shutout, you know, to do things for your pitcher I thinkis cooler than hitting home runs.NEWS: Wilson set to make Cactus League debut Sunday
Joseph admitted hes never had the honor of catching ano-hitter, but if he make it to the big leagues, hed be working with astarting staff that would give him a good shot at it. While his youth andposition hurt his chances of making the roster, theres no doubt that hes madean impression on Bochy, a former catcher himself.We think a lot of him, Bochy said. Ive talked about these young catchers,and hes certainly one of them, that we think a lot of. I like the way hescatching too, not just swinging the bat, and its good for him to get someat-bats up here and get some confidence.Joseph, who now has four hits in nine at-bats with six RBIs this spring, was happy that he could put on a show in front of Bochy.Its always nice as a minor leaguer to do it in front ofthe big-league manager, Joseph said. Im just trying to stay within myselfand work on things and just learn. Thats a huge part of being up here with allthese guys. I try to take things from everybody. Success is just a plus.
SAN FRANCISCO — A top pitching prospect highlighted the list of Giants added to the 40-man roster before Monday’s deadline.
The Giants put right-hander Tyler Beede on their 40-man roster, along with Aramis Garcia, Tyler Herb and D.J. Snelten. The four players were protected from the Rule 5 draft, held in December on the final day of the annual Winter Meetings. To clear roster spots, the Giants designated Orlando Calixte and Micah Johnson for assignment and outrighted Dan Slania to Triple-A.
Beede, a 24-year-old former first-round pick, likely would have ended up on the roster earlier if not for a groin injury that ended his Triple-A season early. The Giants anticipated him making a September debut, but he ended up needing time in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost innings. Beede was sharp in the AFL once he knocked the rust off, allowing three runs over 10 innings in his final two starts. He is expected to compete for a rotation spot at some point next year, although he also stands as one of the organization’s best offseason trade chips.
Garcia, 24, has struggled with injuries at times in the minors, but he hit 17 homers in just 402 at-bats in 2017 and earned a promotion to Double-A Richmond. Garcia is currently one of just two catchers on the 40-man roster.
Herb was essentially the player to be named later in the Chris Heston deal. The 25-year-old had a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts for Double-A Richmond last season. Snelten is a lefty reliever who had a 2.20 ERA across two levels last season and could break into the big leagues as a bullpen weapon next year.
The roster now stands at 40 after the churn, which included a couple of players picked up as flyers because the Giants are at the front of the waiver process. Johnson was added in October and infielder Engelb Vielma, added during the season, was claimed by the Phillies on a waiver claim. Slania, who made his big league debut during the season, cleared waivers and joins Triple-A Sacramento’s offseason roster.
On Monday morning, some important details emerged.
The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.
Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.
The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.
The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.
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The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.
In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.
He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.
Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.