Lincecum gets to the heart of the matter


Lincecum gets to the heart of the matter

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Theres nothing like a stiff breezeblowing out and a couple of wallbangers to make a pitcher nibble at thecorners.

Tim Lincecum gave up a few deep drives Saturday afternoon five extra-base hits in his first two innings, actually.

But Lincecum didnt start shying away from the zone. He keptgoing for the heart of the plate. Its something he plans to do all season ashe looks to cut down his 86 walks from last year, which was one behind ColoradosJhoulys Chacin for the most in the National League.

No walks, said Lincecum, after becoming the first Giantspitcher to complete six innings this spring. Its a huge thing for me. Itsabout getting ahead, and even when you dont, not being afraid to throw awrinkle down the middle. For me, thats a two-seamer. Hopefully you induce aground ball or something.

And get back into the dugout with fewer pitches. Thats whatLincecum did in the Giants 7-2 victory over the As at Scottsdale Stadium. Hewent over to pitching coach Dave Righetti after the fourth inning, looking forsome counsel because he knew hed been knocked around.

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He said I was at 48 pitches through four innings, Lincecumsaid. I was like, Oh, I guess its not as bad as I thought.

He struck out four, made pitches with runners on base whileholding the As to one run in six innings. The only run scored when he allowedconsecutive two-out doubles to Daric Barton and Derek Norris in the secondinning. The pitch to Norris was a 1-2 changeup that hovered at the belt.

I tried to slide-step a changeup, and Im not going to dothat anymore, Lincecum said. There are things a pitcher has to focus on.

Lincecum is not focusing on his slider. He didnt throw oneSaturday, and said hes trying to narrow his focus on his core pitches.

Fastball-curve-change is working right now, he said. (Theslider) is going to be my fourth pitch. Ill lean on the first three.

Lincecum said getting away from his fastball and changeup my two stronger pitches is one thing that leads to walks. Hes also awarethat his 3.99 pitches per plate appearance last season was the highest of hiscareer.

Lincecums evolving outlook on pitching to contact might bepart of his maturation. But it also might reflect confidence in a more athleticdefense that should be improved on both the infield and outfield.

Manager Bruce Bochy said he hopes all the pitchers feel thatway.

With the stuff they have, theyll log their strikeouts,Bochy said. But thats the last thing we want them trying to do. Just attackthe zone and use your defense.

The defense saved Lincecum at least one run. Right fielderNate Schierholtz made a strong throw even by his standards to throw out arunner at the plate.

The benefit of arms in the outfield speaks for itself,Lincecum said. Thats excitement, right there.

Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft


Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft

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. 

Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade


Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

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.