Which Giants prospects could join MLB club as September call-ups?
Fans have been clamoring for the power-hitting outfielder, but the Giants have thus far resisted, preferring for Davis to get daily at-bats in Triple-A. They believe he still has some things to work on, but his time is coming.
Davis has 10 homers since coming over from the Twins at the deadline and 35 for the season. The Giants all of a sudden have a pretty dangerous outfield -- but with Alex Dickerson still getting occasional time off -- there should be at-bats for Davis.
Shaw played in 22 games last season but found himself back in Double-A to start this year. The Giants said it wasn't a punishment, but rather an opportunity for him to get more at-bats since their Triple-A outfield was crowded. By all accounts, Shaw handled the move as well as could possibly be expected, and he has had another power-filled year.
Shaw hit seven homers before rejoining the River Cats and has 18 in Triple-A. His plate discipline has improved a bit, too. Few players in the organization are more deserving of a September call. The move down to Double-A shocked former big-league teammates, but Shaw should be back with the Giants for the final month.
Pitchers on the 40-man roster
An easy call every September is calling up just about every pitcher available, and the Giants were reminded of that need the other night when Shaun Anderson hit for himself in the eighth because the bullpen was weary.
Williams Jerez, Conner Menez, Sam Selman, Burch Smith and Andrew Suarez are all with Sacramento and can provide depth for Bochy. All but Smith, a waiver claim from the Brewers earlier this month, have already been with the big club.
The Giants need to take another look at Selman, who has had a very strong Triple-A season, and some in the organization are curious to see how Menez's stuff would play out of a big league bullpen.
He's on the 40-man, and his 100 mph fastball would immediately make him a player to watch if he got the call. Adon was on the taxi squad on deadline day and could have made his debut had the Giants sold a few more parts. Instead, he's had a rough August in Triple-A.
The 25-year-old right-hander has allowed 16 earned runs on 16 hits in 8 1/3 innings, although he does have 13 strikeouts. Those are numbers that wouldn't ordinarily lead to a promotion, except ... Jandel Gustave and Sam Coonrod have both performed better in the big leagues than in the hitter-friendly PCL. Perhaps that gets a fellow hard-thrower a September cameo?
Death, taxes, and calling up a third catcher in September. It's an automatic decision and Garcia already knows the big league staff well. The 26-year-old has a .830 OPS and 15 homers in Triple-A. His inclusion will allow Bochy to use Stephen Vogt as a pinch-hitter every night without having to worry about his backup plans.
The Giants have another catcher in Triple-A, Francisco Pena, who has had a nice year. He has 16 homers, but he's not on the 40-man roster.
The rest of the 40-man roster: Abiatal Avelino, Zach Green, Mike Gerber, Joe McCarthy
If Zaidi sticks to what he did in Los Angeles, a few of these guys should spend late September living out of a nice hotel by the ballpark. Avelino was sent down Tuesday after running through a stop sign, but he's young and versatile, giving Bochy a nice bench option down the stretch.
Green and Gerber got short stints and didn't take advantage, and Green is currently on the injured list. It'll be interesting to see what Zaidi does with Gerber and McCarthy, who was a trade-deadline pickup. Gerber has torn the PCL up from start to finish but McCarthy has an OPS under .600 since the trade. Zaidi has filled the clubhouse in the past, but at some point, there's a limit to how many outfielders you need in the dugout.
There's been zero indication that Bart is in line for any sort of September role, especially since he missed time with an injury. He has just a few weeks of experience above A-ball, but you can bet the Giants have at least discussed what they might want to do with Bart.
Last September, catcher Will Smith served an internship of sorts with the Dodgers. He wasn't officially called up, but he had a locker at Dodger Stadium and attended pre-game meetings. The prospect wasn't allowed to watch games from the dugout, but MLB let him hang around the team, and this season he has broken through as the Dodgers' starting catcher down the stretch. Smith has said the experience last September helped him quite a bit this season.
Could the Giants do the same thing with Bart? They've been tight-lipped about their plans for their top prospect, but Bart is expected to be an option at some point next year, and a September apprenticeship would be right out of Zaidi's previous playbook.