San Francisco Giants make three quit requests


It’s been a fairly quiet week for the San Francisco Giants. Not much of note has happened. No, absolutely nothing. Very calm, very boring, no big news that could make you sad. Nothing to see here.

But the Giants wouldn’t be the Giants if they weren’t doing Giantsy things, and as long as Farhan Zaidi runs the operation, that means doing Zaidiy things. And what is more Zaidiy than making three waiver requests on a random November day?

The Giants did just that on Friday, claiming outfielder Austin Dean from the Cardinals of Saint-Louis, right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey of Baltimore Orioles, and left-handed pitcher Joe Palumbo of Texas Rangers.

You may have heard of these players. You might not have heard of these players either.

Here’s a quick look at the new Giants who, based on how things have gone for the Giants with small moves, are also likely not to make the roster tomorrow and earn All-Star votes in the summer. next.

Dean is a 28-year-old right-hander fielder who was drafted in the fourth round in 2012. He’s played in each of the past four seasons, racking up a .225 / .282 / .391 (80 wRC +) line with 25 walks to 82 strikeouts in 356 home plate appearances. He battled injury last year, barely 100 home plate appearances between the Majors and Minors, but had a formidable offensive season in AAA in 2019, slashing .337 / .401 / .635 (146 wRC +) while he was in the Miami Marlins system.

Harvey is a 26-year-old right-hander who was drafted in the first round (22nd overall) in 2013 and has spent his entire career with the Orioles organization. He’s reached the Majors in each of the past three seasons as a reliever, with a 3.42 ERA and 4.71 PIF, with 23 strikeouts for 9 walks in 23.2 innings. He’s only pitched 18.2 innings this season between the majors and minors, and hasn’t had a standout Minor League season since 2017. Yet in their last outlook update, The fangraphs gave Harvey a future value of 40, and named him Baltimore prospect # 30. It has a 60/60 fastball and a 55/55 curveball.

Palumbo has the least pedigree but perhaps the highest potential. 27-year-old left-hander, he was caught in the 30th round in 2013, but in 2020 received a future value of 45 and named Rangers prospect # 8, by Fangraphs. He has just 19 MLB innings under his belt – split between 2019 and 2020 – and an ERA of 9.47 and 8.00 FIP, with 26 strikeouts for 11 walks. He’s only pitched 6.2 innings in the Minor League this year.

Welcome to the Giants, you three. Make the most of your stay, whether short or long.

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