Sam Selman

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 taking look at rookie pitchers who might be part of next wave

Giants taking look at rookie pitchers who might be part of next wave

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants had five rookies in the starting lineup on Wednesday night, and there wasn't any more experience coming out of the bullpen. Four of the six relievers to follow right-hander Logan Webb were rookies, continuing a late-season trend. 

Trades and injuries have blown up the bullpen, so the Giants are taking a look at guys who might be part of the next wave. The same goes for the rotation, where the 22-year-old Webb is getting an extended tryout. 

Relying on youth can get ugly at times. Webb had a rough one and the Giants lost 6-3 to a Pirates team that has been one of the worst in the National League. The Giants have lost seven of their 11 September games, but the evaluation will go on. Here's a breakdown of the five rookies to take the mound Wednesday: 

Logan Webb 

Making his fifth start, Webb failed to get through five full innings for the third time. He was pulled in the fifth and charged with four earned on seven hits and a walk. The contact wasn't particularly hard, but Webb struggled with his command, particularly with a slider that kept veering towards the left-handed batter's box. 

"It's frustrating," Webb said. "I'm a competitor. I want to put the team in the best position to win and I didn't do that. It's frustrating."

Webb followed Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto in the rotation and has a chance this month to jump to the front of the line of young starters vying for 2020 jobs. So far, Webb has a 6.75 ERA as a big leaguer. 

"It's about executing your pitches," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He had good stuff tonight, he did. He had a little bit of trouble executing the breaking ball early. The kid's got good stuff. He just made some mistakes."

Sam Selman 

The lefty took over in the sixth after the Giants had scored three runs to cut the deficit to one. Selman showed his fastball-slider combo while getting two quick outs, but then walked a pinch-hitter. Cole Tucker, the Pirates excitable rookie, jumped on a hanging slider and yanked an RBI double to left. 

Selman was a revelation for the River Cats this season but has yet to carry that over. He has given up a run in four of six appearances. 

Tyler Rogers 

The most notable part of his evening was the fact that he warmed up to "Yellow Submarine." Rogers faced just one batter, elevating a slider that Kevin Newman harmlessly bounced out. That stranded a runner on third. 

The funky right-hander has allowed just two runs in nine appearances and looks like he could be part of the solution next season. It remains a complete mystery why the Giants didn't feel the need to take a look at him last year or the year before that. 

Sam Coonrod 

He quietly has made the most appearances (26) of any active Giants reliever other than Will Smith, and he should be pretty happy with his body of work. Coonrod got through the heart of Pittsburgh's order to lower his ERA to 3.09. 

At the same time, it'll be interesting to see how an analytics-driven front office views Coonrod's work. He has a 4.71 FIP and the strikeout rate of 6.2 is what you would expect from Ty Blach, not someone with a 98 mph fastball. If the Giants can get Coonrod to miss a few more bats, he could be a real weapon. 

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Conner Menez 

Giants officials have long gone back and forth on whether his future is as a starter or reliever. Like Shaun Anderson, his quickest path to a consistent big league job will be as a reliever. The 24-year-old made his third appearance out of the bullpen and struck out No. 3 hitter Colin Moran before getting cleanup hitter Josh Bell to take an ugly two-strike swing at a slider down and in. 

Menez has faced 11 batters since coming up to join the bullpen and has struck out five of them. If you're left-handed with pretty good stuff and you pile up strikeouts, you're going to have a job in the big leagues. 

Bruce Bochy explains why he removed Shaun Anderson in Giants' loss to Rockies

Bruce Bochy explains why he removed Shaun Anderson in Giants' loss to Rockies

Giants rookie Shaun Anderson was pitching on an extra day of rest and had thrown just 72 pitches Friday night.

But after letting Anderson hit for himself in the top of the sixth inning, manager Bruce Bochy decided to pull his starter in the bottom half of the inning following a leadoff single by Daniel Murphy.

Considering that Anderson was pitching well and hadn't thrown a lot of pitches, it was a puzzling decision.

Bochy called on 28-year-old lefty Sam Selman to face Ryan McMahon, but that didn't go well.

McMahon greeted the rookie with a 422-foot homer to center field, erasing the Giants' two-run lead. In 47 minor league innings this season, Selman had allowed just one homer. In two innings with the Giants, he's now given up two homers.

After the game, Bochy was asked why he handled the sixth inning the way he did.

"I was going to try to get one more [inning] out of Anderson," Bochy told reporters in Colorado. "He had a couple good innings there, but once [he gave up] the base hit there, they had their lefties. Wanted to cover the kid. That area, to be honest, has been touch and go with him. I thought about it, but was trying to get through the sixth without going to the 'pen."

Reyes Moronta took over for Selman in the seventh and allowed a go-ahead double to Ian Desmond. The Rockies would go on to win 5-4 on Friday night.

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As for Anderson, after Friday's outing, he's at 114 2/3 innings pitched this season between Triple-A Sacramento and San Francisco. Last season, he topped out at a career-high 141 1/3 innings between Double-A Richmond and Sacramento.

While Anderson probably could have pitched one or two more innings Friday night given his pitch count, Bochy does have to keep an eye on the 24-year-old's workload. At some point in September, the Giants likely will shut Anderson down and tell him to get ready for 2020.