There were a lot of newcomers and a few big surprises when the Giants announced their 30-man opening day roster on Thursday morning.
Here’s the full Opening Day roster. Giants went with 16 pitchers: pic.twitter.com/Iq5cT9gmQL— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 23, 2020
Hard-throwing left-hander Caleb Baragar, one of the last players to receive a camp invite, made the team after a couple of impressive performances, along with 15 other pitchers, including Conner Menez and Rule 5 pick Dany Jimenez. The two catchers will be Rob Brantly and Tyler Heineman, not Joey Bart or Chadwick Tromp.
Yolmer Sanchez was a notable omission, although he had dealt with back pain recently. Jaylin Davis, Austin Salter and Joe McCarthy got outfield spots, beating out Steven Duggar. Dereck Rodriguez and Andrew Suarez were also left off the team, although Duggar and Suarez will be on the three-man traveling taxi squad.
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Darin Ruf came to camp buried in the competition for first base and outfield reps, but the former Phillie had a huge spring and was a lock for the 30-man roster when the season resumed July 3, especially with a DH added. Ruf could be a busy man this weekend, as the Giants face Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias and Alex Wood, and he has a .921 career OPS against left-handed pitching.
McCarthy was acquired last July in a quiet deadline deal and has a history of posting high on-base percentages in the minors. He can be a left-handed bat at first base while Brandon Belt (heel) is on the Injured List. Evan Longoria (oblique) also started the season on the IL.
The bullpen is filled with versatile arms and newcomers. Rico Garcia, a former Rockies starter, has been sitting 95-96 mph out of the bullpen in camp and could be a nice find from the right side. He is one of 10 right-handers the Giants will take to Dodger Stadium tonight.
To clear 40-man spots, the Giants DFA'd outfielder Jose Siri and infielder Kean Wong.