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Giants sign first-round pick Patrick Bailey, who's expected in camp

Giants sign first-round pick Patrick Bailey, who's expected in camp

It looks like one of the most exciting parts of this season for Giants fans will be the intrasquad games at the alternate training site in Sacramento. 

First-round pick Patrick Bailey has signed his contract with the Giants, the team announced Wednesday.

MLB.com's Jim Callis reported that it's an under-slot deal, and that Bailey will be added to the 60-man player pool. He'll join fellow catching prospect Joey Bart and other top minor leaguers who otherwise have no way of getting reps in Sacramento.  

With Bailey and Chad Tromp joining the pool, the Giants have six catchers set to be in summer camp. Either Tyler Heineman or Rob Brantly will win the job to back up Buster Posey and the other one seems a good bet to travel on the taxi squad, so Bart, Tromp and Bailey could be the ones spending two months catching bullpens and working on their skills in Sacramento. Intrasquad games are allowed up there, meaning Bart and Bailey could find themselves on opposite sides quite often as the Giants work to get competitive reps in.

The Giants ultimately hope they're in the big leagues together, stabilizing the catcher position for the next decade. Bailey was taken with the 13th overall pick in last month's draft. He reportedly signed well under the slot value of that pick, although the Giants reportedly have signed third-round pick Kyle Harrison for to a deal well over slot. 

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Earlier this week, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the Giants would add additional prospects to their player pool. Assuming Hunter Bishop is included once he recovers from the coronavirus, the Giants would have five of their top prospects in camp: Bart, Bailey, Bishop, Heliot Ramos and Marco Luciano.

"Particularly on the prospect front, there's some guys that we've obviously named already," Zaidi said. "Other guys are under consideration, and we may just wind up adding certain guys once Sacramento is up and running and potentially send guys straight there."

With Bailey, Tromp and Bishop, the Giants would be at 54 players in their pool of 60.

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Giants' Hunter Bishop tests positive for coronavirus, to miss start of camp

Giants' Hunter Bishop tests positive for coronavirus, to miss start of camp

Two days before players and coaches report to Oracle Park, the Giants announced that they have had their first player test positive for COVID-19. 

Outfielder Hunter Bishop, one of the organization’s top prospects and a first-round pick a year ago, tested positive last week and was left off the initial roster released by the Giants on Monday. Bishop is doing well, but he has to quarantine before being eligible to be part of Summer Camp. Bishop initially had been set to join the Giants for this week's first workout.

"He notified us, we've done contact tracing, he was not in contact with any of our players and staff subsequent to when he believes he was infected," president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said. "He had very mild symptoms and from the reports we're getting he's improving."

Bishop has spent most of the last three months in the Phoenix area, but Zaidi said he had not been working at at the team's facility

Bishop was supposed to join fellow top prospects Joey Bart, Marco Luciano and Heliot Ramos in the player pool, coming to Oracle Park this week before spending two months getting reps at the alternate training site in Sacramento. Bishop still is expected to be in consideration for a spot -- the Giants have nine remaining -- once he is cleared, but it may be a couple of weeks. There is no minimum time that he must be quarantined, but the MLB Operations Manual states that a player must test negative twice before being allowed to return. 

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Manager Gabe Kapler said he spoke with Bishop on Sunday to talk about the next steps. 

"He's going to stay there for now and do nothing for the next 14 days," Kapler said. "He's in good spirits and has really mild symptoms, symptoms that are improving. He's in a good space."

Zaidi said the Giants only can inform the media of a player testing positive if the player gives consent. During the season there will be a special COVID-19 injured list for players who need to sit out because of positive tests or symptoms. 

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Giants 2020 roster: These 51 players initially coming to Summer Camp

Giants 2020 roster: These 51 players initially coming to Summer Camp

The Giants were the last of the 30 MLB teams to release their initial player pool rosters. When the news came shortly before noon Monday, there were no real surprises. 

The Giants had several healthy 40-man guys who did not make the cut, most notably Chris Shaw, although it's possible that a couple of them are added later. They also will need room to add non-roster invitees like Pablo Sandoval and Billy Hamilton before Opening Day. As expected, the Giants included several top prospects in their pool.

The initial roster for the season has been expanded from 26 players to 30, but teams must cut down to 28 two weeks into the 60-game season and then get down to 26 after two additional weeks. Here are the 51 players who will be in camp initially.

Catchers

Buster Posey, Rob Brantly, Tyler Heineman, Joey Bart

Right-handed pitchers

Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Kevin Gausman, Logan Webb, Trevor Gott, Tyler Rogers, Shaun Anderson, Sam Coonrod, Dany Jimenez, Dereck Rodriguez, Trevor Cahill, Tyler Cyr, Rico Garcia, Luis Madero, Carlos Navas, Trevor Oaks, Andrew Triggs

Left-handed pitchers

Drew Smyly, Tony Watson, Tyler Anderson, Jarlin Garcia, Conner Menez, Wandy Peralta, Sam Selman, Andrew Suarez

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Infielders

Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Evan Longoria, Pablo Sandoval, Wilmer Flores, Mauricio Dubon, Donovan Solano, Yolmer Sanchez, Abiatal Avelino, Zach Green, Darin Ruf, Marco Luciano

Outfielders

Mike Yastrzemski, Hunter Pence, Alex Dickerson, Jaylin Davis, Steven Duggar, Joe McCarthy, Austin Slater, Billy Hamilton, Heliot Ramos, Joey Rickard. 

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