Giants prospects Beede, Arroyo impress in final hours in big league camp

Giants prospects Beede, Arroyo impress in final hours in big league camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Before Sunday's game, the Giants reassigned Christian Arroyo and Tyler Beede to minor league camp. The organization's top two prospects made sure to make big impressions on the way out of Scottsdale Stadium.

Beede pitched two shutout innings, lowering his Cactus League ERA to 0.96. Arroyo went the opposite way in the ninth inning for his first homer of the spring.

The front office has not set a timetable on either player's arrival in San Francisco, but both are expected to push for summer or September promotions from Triple-A Sacramento. Manager Bruce Bochy added an interesting wrinkle to Beede's case Sunday, saying the staff has discussed using the right-hander out of the bullpen at some point.

"I'm not saying that's what he's going to do, but it keeps his options open and ours if we need help in the 'pen," Bochy said. "He's at 94-95 (mph) and he's a guy that holds runners well. He's a guy with good stuff."

Beede said earlier this month that he's intrigued by the possibility of helping the Giants down the stretch as a reliever, but for now his focus remains on getting stretched out. He entered camp as the seventh starter in the organization and did nothing but help his cause. Over five spring appearances, Beede allowed nine hits and one run in 9 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five, and coaches raved about the presence he showed on the mound a year after he appeared to be nervous during spring outings. 

“I’m happy with it,” Beede said. “It went way better than I expected in terms of comfortability and how sharp I felt. For the most part, you want to make sure you leave a good impression so they know what they’ve got if there is the possibility of being called up.”

Beede felt he didn’t do that last spring, but he shook it off to post a 2.81 ERA for Double-A Richmond. That showed Bochy something. The last month showed him even more. 

“It’s been neat to watch his progression in the past year,” he said. “Last year, he did a good job in Richmond. The velocity picked up. He’s a four-pitch guy. I think he made enough noise that we’re confident that we can use him at any point.”

Shortly after Beede made his final case, Arroyo left a lasting mark. His homer to deep right raised his average in big league camp to .278. Over three springs at Scottsdale Stadium, Arroyo is now 19-for-44 with three homers. He took the news in stride, saying it’s time to get regular playing time. Arroyo will continue to play second, short and third for Sacramento, with the idea that he could be a midseason fill-in if injuries pop up. 

“I got an extra week this year, so that was fun, but it’s time for me to get some more consistent at-bats and go back over to the minor league side,” he said. “Hopefully I left the people here with a smile on their face.”

Giants release Cameron Maybin after disappointing spring training

Giants release Cameron Maybin after disappointing spring training

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants hoped Cameron Maybin could fill some holes on their bench. It wasn’t happening, and on Friday, Maybin was released.

The veteran signed a minor league deal after camp had already started but hit just .163 in Cactus League play with no homers. Maybin also got a DUI midway through camp, and while team officials said that wouldn’t knock him out of the competition, it surely didn’t help his cause. 

A couple of weeks ago, Maybin was set to be the fourth outfielder. But the front office has been disappointed by the competition and continues to look for alternatives. Connor Joe, a Rule 5 pick acquired Thursday, would be on the roster if the season started today, per a source, and he can play a corner outfield spots. Yangervis Solarte also has been playing some left field.

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi continues to talk to other teams about outfielders who might become available before Opening Day. The Giants recently added Matt Joyce, too, but they are short on right-handed options and outfielders who can back up Steven Duggar in center. 

In that respect, it is notable that Henry Ramos is still in camp. At the moment, Gerardo Parra would be the next best choice in center if Duggar needed a day off.

Giants confident massive new scoreboard will be ready for Opening Day

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Giants confident massive new scoreboard will be ready for Opening Day

SAN FRANCISCO -- When members of the local media were let into Oracle Park on Friday to see upgrades, it was easy to be concerned about the scoreboard. The new version appears nowhere close to done, but the Giants are quickly making progress, and in the few minutes it took three team executives to brief the media on the ballpark, one percent of the scoreboard panels got completed. 

Bill Schlough, the team's Chief Information Officer, said there are no concerns about Opening Day. The $10 million Diamond Vision board will be fully operational by April 5, when the team returns home to host the Tampa Bay Rays. Schlough said the scoreboard will be more than two-thirds finished by Monday's exhibition game against the A's, and since the Giants have been testing it as they install rows, they will be able to use the completed portion Monday. 

Even that will represent a significant upgrade. The new scoreboard will be the first 4K version in the majors, and will be 153 feet wide and 70 feet high. It is more than three times the size of the previous one, with twice the resolution. 

Here are some other new things you'll see during the 2019 season ... 

--- There are two new high-profile gathering areas at the ballpark, The Cloud Club and The Waterfront. The Cloud Club is a lounge that replaced six existing suites on the suite level and features a bar, lounge seating and different views of the ballpark and bay. The Waterfront takes over for the last few rows of bleachers under the scoreboard, and has a premium bar with a great view of the bay. It will be completed after the other additions because the Giants can't really work on it while the scoreboard is being installed. 

The Field Club behind home plate was also fully remodeled. This is all the first step in a five-year plan to improve the park.  

--- The Oracle Park signage is up already.

--- On Opening Day, the Giants will start a season-long celebration of manager Bruce Bochy. They also will pay tribute to Hank Greenwald, Frank Robinson, Peter Magowan and Willie McCovey, all of whom passed away during the offseason. There will be a No. 44 patch on the jerseys, along with one honoring Magowan. 

The team also will honor first responders to the California wildfires. 

--- The Giants already have sold $2.1 million in tickets. They reduced their season ticket base from 30,500 to 26,000, which is still the second-highest in the majors. This was presented as something that will be beneficial to current season ticket holders looking to sell individual game tickets, but there's no hiding the fact that the team simply has lost a lot of season ticket holders over the previous two seasons. At one point, there was a long waiting list to get a season ticket.

If the season goes the way the last two did, expect some announced crowds under 30,000. That season ticket base always set a high baseline. 

--- This was announced previously, but the ballpark will exclusively take mobile tickets this season. You can no longer print them out at home, although the Giants will print them for you if you want to do that once you're at Third and King. 

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--- On to the important stuff: The Giants will hand out Kruk and Kuip gnomes and a Let Pablo Pitch bobblehead.

Also, the Bruce Bochy giveaway on Game of Thrones Night (May 20) is the best thing they've handed out in a long, long time.