Three Giants prospects named to Arizona Fall League All-Star Game


Three Giants prospects named to Arizona Fall League All-Star Game

The best Arizona Fall League prospects have gathered on one field as a preview for baseball’s next wave of young stars ever since 2006. Rosters for the AFL’s version of an All-Star Game, dubbed the Fall Stars Game, were announced Monday and the Giants are well represented. 

Saturday’s showcase will include three Giants prospects playing for the East squad: Catcher Aramis Garcia, left fielder Chris Shaw and reliever Tyler Cyr. 

Garcia has been the top Giants bat in the AFL thus far. The 24-year-old is in his second consecutive trip in the AFL and has made huge strides. In 15 games last fall, he struggled to the tune of a .191 batting average and struck out 17 times. This time around, Garcia is batting .296 through Sunday with a .704 OPS and one home run. 

The power-hitting catcher is well-respected behind the dish too. His 1.85 pop time was the best in the AFL last year and Garcia is relishing his opportunities in the squat with so many talented arms. 

"You get to see a lot of really quality arms here, a lot of guys with plus pitches and things like that," Garcia said to "It makes you stay sharp behind the plate, to make sure you're on your 'A-game' every time you get to catch somebody.”

Shaw, arguably the Giants’ top prospect, hasn’t had the easiest go in the desert so far. Dealing with a sore shoulder has kept Shaw to only five games. He hasn’t played since Oct. 20. At the plate in those five games, Shaw is batting just .158, though he has a .431 on-base percentage with three walks to only two strikeouts. 

The goal with Shaw this fall was get him more time in left field as a possible cornerstone for the Giants there for years to come. Him being named to Fall Stars Game shows how highly regarded he is for the Giants and also that he may be improving physically. 

Rounding out the trio of Giants Fall Stars is Cyr. The Fremont native currently has a 6.75 ERA with one save in four innings. That’s a small sample that doesn’t show the kind of pitcher Cyr really is. 

The 24-year-old continues to outplay his Round 10 selection in 2015 out of the small Division II school Embry-Riddle University. Cyr went 5-2 with a 2.19 ERA in 49.1 innings for Double-A Richmond this season. He also converted 18 of 20 save opportunities. 

The Fall Stars Game will be broadcast Saturday at 5 p.m. PT on MLB Network and streamed live on

Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

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Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

We have some sad news to report.

Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.

Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.

"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.

Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.

When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.

Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'


Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'

The Giants are looking to land the biggest fish of them all in a home-run-hitting sea.

San Francisco reportedly proposed a trade offer with the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. On Sunday, GM Bobby Evans opened up on the possibility of a deal getting done.

"The Marlins made it clear that when you get close to a deal, then they'll approach the player," Evans said on MLB Network Radio. "I don't think they would be talking to us if they didn't think there was a good chance something like that could get approved. But, they haven't given us an answer relative to that yet. Certainly, we're very early in the process."

While reports surfaced Friday of the Giants make an offer to the Marlins, details have not yet become clear. And it sounds like Evans is still looking for an answer as to what Miami's front office is looking for. 

"We don't have any indication at this point from the Marlins as to what their expectations are," Evans says. 

Complicating matters is Stanton's monster of a contract. Stanton is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

"With a move like that, I think that the process typically when we're dealing with Miami or any other club, a guy with a no-trade, you don't really get any clarity on that until you get closer to a deal," Evans said. 

The Giants are trying to turn the clock to 25 years ago in 1992 when in the offseason, Barry Bonds won the National League MVP with the Pirates and then joined the Giants as a free agent. Matters are a bit different as the Giants would acquire Stanton via trade, but the 28-year-old just won the NL MVP after hitting league-leading 59 home runs.