SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Barry Zito began the spring with a new, croucheddelivery. He ended it in full duck-and-cover mode.
And now, with opening day around the corner, the Giants haveasked Zito to hit the reset button. He threw from a more familiar, uprightdelivery during Sundays side session with pitching coach Dave Righetti, Giantsmanager Bruce Bochy said.
Talking to Rags, he was OK, Bochy said. A little moreupright.
Righetti wont be able to supervise Zito on Wednesday, sincethe left-handers start will come in minor league camp. The Giants will sendnon-roster right-hander Yusmeiro Petit in Zitos place to face the As atAT&T Park.
The schedule change was designed to ensure that Zito couldbuild his pitch count something that he couldnt do in his last twoexhibition starts as he got hammered for 10 runs on 16 hits (10 extra-basehits) and five walks in 5 13 innings. Zito retired just 12 of 34 batters overthat span without the assistance of a sacrifice or a tag play on the bases.
With few alternatives, Zito remains scheduled to pitch theGiants fourth game of the season April 9 against the Rockies. Its Coloradoshome opener.
Zito, who is still owed 46 million, attempted to mimic TimLincecums delivery during an offseason working with noted pitching guru TomHouse. But observers both inside and outside the Giants organization tell methat Zito doesnt have the arm speed or athleticism to pull off that delivery.Zitos arm drags behind his body as he plants his front foot, leading tohittable pitches at the belt.
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.