The Giants had their eyes on pitcher Anthony DeSclafani for a while now, so when the pitcher signed a one-year deal with the team in December, he fit the mold perfectly.
“I think DeSclafani definitely is an interesting arm, he’s kind of a name that our analysts have thrown around for what seems like a year now,” Giants coordinator of pitching sciences Matt Daniels said on Balk Talk.
“So when we signed him, I wasn’t surprised, I think there’s a lot of interesting traits about him that I think our major league staff could mold and yeah, I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does this year. I think he’s got a lot of really good tools that we can get some value out of hopefully.”
DeSclafani was excited to become a Giant, which made the addition that much better. And the Giants intend on making him that much better as well.
“No matter who the person is, we try to reach their genetic ceiling,” Daniels said.
DeSclafani’s fastball and sinker top out around 95 mph, but it’s his pitching movement that has proven to be above average. Across six years with the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds, he owns a career 4.29 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Daniels says one of the more exciting things about his job is the problem-solving aspect, something the Giants have been utilizing in their recent years.
The Giants enjoy courting the undervalued pitchers and making adjustments. It’s what they did with Drew Smyly last season, where he added on velocity and turned his successful Giants campaign into an $11 million deal with the Atlanta Braves back in November.
If the Giants can replicate their work with Smyly with DeSclafani, and Daniels believes they can, Giants fans should be very excited about what's to come for the right-hander.