SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants’ full list of non-roster invitees to spring training is out, and it’s more “Flashback Lunch” than “Back to the Future.”
Among the 17 non-roster pitchers are some blasts from the past: Boof Bonser, Ryan Sadowski and Ramon Ramirez among them. Not on the list is Kyle Crick, the 19-year-old right-hander who established himself as the club’s top prospect with a strong showing for Low-A Augusta last season.
There’s plenty of time for Crick to develop in minor league camp, and perhaps he’ll join the travel squad for a major league exhibition or two. The Giants will have plenty of Cactus League innings to cover with Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, Ryan Vogelsong, Santiago Casilla, Javier Lopez and Jose Mijares all participating in the World Baseball Classic.
No wonder the Giants invited 17 pitchers in addition to the 20 arms on their 40-man roster. And because someone has to receive all those bullpen workouts, the Giants are inviting five non-roster catchers to major league camp along with Buster Posey and Hector Sanchez.
Among the six infielders invited to big league camp is shortstop Joe Panik, the first-round pick from the 2011 draft, who is seen as the club’s second baseman of the future. A nice surprise is Brock Bond, a 27-year-old second baseman who plays with pure grit and has a .313 average and .410 on-base percentage over six minor league seasons. Third baseman Adam Duvall, who set Single-A San Jose records in several offensive categories, will get a look in camp as well and should see a bit of action while Pablo Sandoval is playing for Venezuela in the WBC.
The Giants invited just two non-roster outfielders to camp: Cole Gillespie, who signed after the Arizona Diamondbacks released him, and Gary Brown, who remains one of the better outfield prospects in all of minor league baseball. Brown is another young player who should pile up Cactus League innings, especially while Angel Pagan is off playing for Puerto Rico in the WBC.
There’s one more name you’ll recognize: Right-hander Brett Bochy, the son of Giants manager Bruce Bochy. The younger Bochy doesn’t have a 95 mph fastball, but he just kept missing bats in the minor leagues and is coming off a highly successful season as the closer at Double-A Richmond before shoulder fatigue ended his season.
Last spring, Bretty Bochy came up from minor league camp and appeared in the Giants’ final Cactus League game at Maryvale and worked a 1-2-3 inning. Looks like third base coach Tim Flannery will have plenty more chances to yell, “C’mon Boch!” from the dugout this spring.
Full list follows, and as a reminder, all players on the 40-man roster automatically receive invitations to big league camp:
Pitchers (17): Brett Bochy, Boof Bonser, Fabio Castillo, Edward Concepcion, Steve Edlefsen, Justin Fitzgerald, Chad Gaudin, Heath Hembree, Mitch Lively, Shane Loux, Josh Osich, Scott Proctor, Ramon Ramirez, Ryan Sadowski, Michael Kickham, Mason Tobin, Jose Valdez.
Catchers (5): Tyler LaTorre, Johnny Monell, Guillermo Quiroz, Andrew Susac, Jackson Williams.
Infielders (6): Brock Bond, Adam Duvall, Ricky Oropesa, Joe Panik, Kensuke Tanake, Wilson Valdez.
Outfielders (2): Gary Brown, Cole Gillespie.