Giants' Sam Selman details how tryout landed him in San Francisco


Giants' Sam Selman details how tryout landed him in San Francisco

Sam Selman made an appearance out of the Giants' bullpen at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, and over the past couple of months, he also has pitched at Oracle Park and Dodger Stadium, along with getting his MLB debut out of the way.

But Selman's most pressure-packed moment this year might have come in a cramped batting cage a few miles from Seattle. Selman took part in a pro day at the Driveline Baseball facility and signed with the Giants a couple of days later.

On this week's Giants Insider Podcast, he explained the unique setup.

"They're expanding and they're moving to a huge brand new facility, but the one they have now is a batting cage tunnel and then they had 40 or 50 scouts surrounding it," Selman said. "Imagine if you're just pitching in a batting cage tunnel and you have 40 pitches to throw and there's 40 people behind you. And you kind of recognize some of the scouts because you've been in Triple-A and Double-A for forever, and they're all standing behind you. You're just out there like, 'Alright, here we go.' That was kind of what it was.

"I kind of just tried to let it rip and trust my stuff and what I worked on the whole offseason to get ready for that moment and it worked out well."

The Giants had a leg up on scouting the lefty before the workout. Selman had worked with Matt Daniels while spending a week learning at Driveline, and the Giants went on to hire Daniels as their coordinator of pitching analysis.

It worked out for both sides. Selman had a 1.80 ERA across two levels in the minors this season, striking out 94 batters in 55 innings. He made his debut seven years after he was drafted by the Royals, and the Giants are taking a look at him this month to see if he can be part of next year's big league bullpen mix.

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On this week's podcast, Selman detailed that long journey through the minors, why he didn't retire like some of his friends, his time at Driveline and his first experience in the big leagues.

You can stream it here or download it on iTunes here.

Giants' Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after Gabe Kapler took his

Giants' Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after Gabe Kapler took his

Gabe Kapler had his introductory press conference as the Giants' new manager, and he's chosen his uniform number as well.

The skipper has chosen No. 19 to sport this season, which means young infielder Mauricio Dubon will have to choose a new number -- and he needs your help.

He recently took to Twitter and asked what number he should wear now that he has to make the switch: 

No. 21 appeared to stand out from a Milwaukee Brewer's fan account, since Honduras became a country in 1821. Dubon was born in Honduras in 1994 (sorry to make you guys feel old).

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Five-time All-Star second baseman Jeff Kent also sported the number with San Francisco.

We shall see ... 

Giants continue Triples Alley construction, moving bullpens off field

Giants continue Triples Alley construction, moving bullpens off field

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gabe Kapler and Scott Harris both went through the same drill earlier this week, standing near the home dugout at Oracle Park as a team photographer grabbed shots from their first days on the job. Behind the two new members of the brain trust, construction workers continued the work that started last month.

The Giants plan to make an official announcement about the changing dimensions of their ballpark, and the new locations of the bullpen, soon, but those who attended the press conferences this week -- and a TopGolf event the park hosted last week -- got a sneak preview. 

A chunk of the bleacher seats in right center have already been ripped out to make room for the new bullpens, and some seats have also been taken out in left center to accommodate other changes to the ballpark. But team president and CEO Larry Baer said the changes won't be drastic for hitters. 

"Triples Alley will still be Triples Alley, just with some refinements," Baer said. 

The Giants are still figuring out some of the exact details, but they know the bullpens will be side-by-side in center and right center. The kale garden will remain, although it sounds like there will be some changes to the dimensions out there because the center-field wall is coming in about six feet, which should please hitters. 

The deepest part of the park -- the nemesis for Brandon Belt and other left-handed hitters -- is 421 feet and will ultimately be closer to 410 feet when the construction is done, the Giants think. The Giants put a bar underneath the new scoreboard last season and plan to have additional changes, including a terrace, out there this year, continuing a trend around the game -- seen across the bridge in Oakland -- of having more gathering spots for fans. 

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Even as they held two press conferences last week, the Giants remained coy about their exact plans for the dimensions, but they expect to take out about 400 seats.

Some of those may be made up for in other spots. There is a short wall separating the old bullpens from the first row of seats and about 80 feet of that wall has been taken down on both sides of the park, which would seem to indicate that the Giants are going to add some premium seating in some of that territory.