Reliever Otero has degrees in history, accuracy


Reliever Otero has degrees in history, accuracy

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Giants right-hander Dan Otero wants youto know something.When he plays golf, he brings two extra sleeves of balls. Hecold-tops his drives, skulls his chip shots and four-putts his way into theclubhouse.
Lies, all lies.Cmon, Otero said. You cant let everyone know.Oteros minor league coaches and teammates already know.I usually bet when I play golf, said Bert Bradley, theGiants organizational pitching instructor. I didnt bet with him.Yes, Otero is a scratch golfer. But its his accuracy on themound that could lead him to factor into the Giants plans at some point thisseason.
He throws strikes, Bradley said. His location is as goodas anybody Ive ever had.Otero turned 27 on the day the Giants held their firstworkout two weeks ago. So hes not exactly the young hotshot prospect in campthis spring. But his minor league numbers are dazzling enough:In five seasons, he has a 1.90 ERA. He has thrown 213innings and walked just 30 batters. Six of those were intentional.Everything he does is what you try to teach, Bradley said.He gets ahead. He changes speeds. He goes after people. He pitches inside. Hejust knows how to pitch, and he controls everything. He is a smart controlpitcher.How smart? Well, Otero played baseball at Duke University.When he decided to transfer to South Florida after his junior year, hedalready graduated. His degree is in history, with a concentration in Caribbeanstudies.The team wasnt very good, but being in the ACC, I got topitch against Ryan Zimmerman, Matt Wieters, Ryan Braun Otero said. Facingthose kinds of hitters helped me grow as a pitcher.The South Florida move turned out to be a smart play, too. Oterowasnt drafted as a junior but he pitched well for the Bulls and the Giantsspent a 21st-round pick on him in 2007. Otero dominated from theget-go and surprisingly took to the closer role when it was offered to him.In July of 09, he was cruising along with a 1.15 ERA in 39games for Double-A Connecticut no home runs allowed, either when he feltsomething pop in his elbow.I tried to throw another pitch and it went 50 feet, hesaid.Otero needed Tommy John surgery to reconstruct his medialcollateral ligament. He wasnt a first-round pick and he threw 87 mph. He wassmart enough to know the rest.Oh, absolutely, definitely, it goes through your mind thatthis is it, he said. But I did the rehab and I came back knowing Id have tostart all over again.It was tough. But it had its perks. I got my arm stronger.Now that were past 18 months, I can start to see extra life again.Otero is throwing at nearer to 90-91 mph and can hump up to92 when needed. Hes getting the sinking action back on his two-seam fastball.His cutter and changeup have become dependable pitches. And hes working withBradley to get more depth on a slider that he tries to throw at two speeds.After missing most of 2010, Otero posted a 1.42 ERA atDouble-A Richmond last season. Not only did he earn a promotion to Triple-AFresno, but he was used as the Grizzlies closer, too. Following the season, he wasa surprise addition to the 40-man roster a move designed to protect him frombeing taken in the Rule 5 draft.Being on the 40-man also clears the way for Otero to be calledup when the Giants need an extra arm. And manager Bruce Bochy likes pitcherswho throw strikes.I dont try to miss bats, Otero said. Just the barrel.Otero grew up on a golf course near Miami and spent plentyof afternoons sneaking in a few holes. He said swinging a golf club is similarto repeating a delivery, especially because of the way the hips trigger therest of the body.A few days ago, he got together a foursome with minor leaguepitchers Matt Yourkin, Heath Hembree and former Giants prospect Clayton Tanner,who is now in the Reds organization. They paid out for sand saves and played closest-to-the-pinon par 3s.But nothing straight up. The Giants know better than to betagainst Dan Otero.

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.