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Giants announce non-roster invitees

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Giants announce non-roster invitees

Believe it or not, we're less than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to the Giants' camp in Scottsdale, Ariz. The first spring training game will be March 3 against the Diamondbacks.

Wednesday, general manager Brian Sabean announced the non-roster invitees in a press release.

Here is the list, by position:
Right-handed pitchers: Jake Dunning, Justin Fitzgerald, Austin Fleet, Stephen Harrold, Heath Hembree, Andrew Kown, Mitch Lively, Shane Loux, Jean Machi, Seth Rosin and Shawn Sanford.
Left-handed pitchers: Brian Burres, David Quinowski, Wilmin Rodriguez and Matt Yourkin.
Catchers: Tommy Joseph, Andrew Susac and Jackson Williams.
Infielders: Joaquin Arias, Chris Dominguez, Nick Noonan and Joe Panik.
Outfielders: Gregor Blanco, Gary Brown, and Juan Perez.
Official press release:
The San Francisco Giants have extended non-roster invitations for Major League Spring Training to the following 25 players, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today: right-handed pitchers Jake Dunning, Justin Fitzgerald, Austin Fleet, Stephen Harrold, Heath Hembree, Andrew Kown, Mitch Lively, Shane Loux, Jean Machi, Seth Rosin and Shawn Sanford; left-handed pitchers Brian Burres, David Quinowski, Wilmin Rodriguez and Matt Yourkin; catchers Tommy Joseph, Andrew Susac and Jackson Williams; infielders Joaquin Arias, Chris Dominguez, Nick Noonan and Joe Panik; and outfielders Gregor Blanco, Gary Brown, and Juan Perez.

Burres, 30, returns to San Francisco, as he was drafted originally by the Giants in the 31st round in the 2000 draft. He was claimed off waivers by Baltimore prior to the 2006 season. In parts of six big league seasons with Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Toronto the Oregon native has gone 17-25 with a 5.75 ERA (229er, 358.1ip) in 106 games (56 starts). He appeared briefly in the Majors last season with Pittsburgh going 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA (6er, 14.0ip) in 5 appearances (2 starts).

Dunning, 23, will be in big league camp for the first time in his career. Drafted by the Giants in the 33rd round in 2009, the Georgia native posted a 6-3 record with a 4.74 ERA (40er, 76.0ip) in 41 games (7 starts) for Class A Advanced San Jose last season. Overall, hes gone 7-3 with a 4.20 mark (53er, 113.2ip) in three minor league seasons in the Giants farm system.

Fitzgerald, 25, is a non-roster invitee for the first time in his career. The Santa Rosa, CA native was drafted by the Giants in the 11th round in 2008 and has spent the last four seasons compiling a 22-17 record with a 3.53 ERA (145er, 369.1ip) in 109 games (52 starts). Named a mid-season All-Star in each of his past two seasons, the 6-foot-5 right-hander spent all of last season at double-A Richmond, going 9-9 with a 3.51 ERA (57er, 146.1ip) in 27 starts.

Fleet, 24, will be in Major League camp for the first time. He moved around quite a bit last season, appearing at three different levels within San Franciscos minor league chain, combining for a 9-5 record with a 3.87 ERA (36er, 83.2ip) in 32 games (8 starts) with rookie-level Arizona, Class A Augusta and double-A Richmond. The right-hander also appeared in 11 games (2 starts) for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League posting a 2-1 record with a 3.00 ERA (6er, 18.0ip) and 17 strikeouts. The Giants 16th round selection in 2010, Fleet has forged a 15-8 career record with a 3.41 ERA (51er, 134.2ip) in 44 games (19 starts) in his two minor league seasons.

Harrold, will be in San Franciscos camp for the first time. The clubs 12th round selection in 2010 has compiled a 7-4 record with a 2.68 ERA (28er, 94.0ip) in 79 relief appearances in his two seasons. The 22-year-old split last year between Class A Augusta and Class A Advanced San Jose, logging a record of 5-3 with a 2.95 ERA (21er, 64.0ip) in 57 relief outings while earning a spot on the South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star team. The young right-hander threw well in the Arizona Fall League posting a 3-0 mark with a 1.76 ERA (3er, 15.1ip) and 15 strikeouts in 12 appearances for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Hembree, 24, compiled one of the best seasons of any Giants farmhand in 2011, going 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA (11er, 53.1ip) and 38 saves in 54 relief appearances between Class A Advanced San Jose and double-A Richmond. For his performance last year he was named a California League mid-season All-Star and a Topps Class A All-Star. Selected by the Giants in the fifth round in 2010, Hembree has a career minor league record of 1-1 with a 1.68 ERA (12er, 64.1ip) and 41 saves in 66 relief appearances. He will be in big league camp for the first time.

Kown, 29, will be in camp for the first time with San Francisco. The journeyman minor leaguer completed his eighth season in the minors last year spending the entire campaign with triple-A Fresno and going 10-9 with a 4.48 ERA (68er, 136.2ip) in 25 starts while earning a spot on the PCL mid-season All-Star team. Originally drafted by Detroit in the fifth round in the 2004 draft, the Marietta, GA native has compiled a lifetime minor league record of 58-58 with a 4.11 ERA (430er, 942.1ip) in 205 games (153 starts).

Lively, 26, will be in his first big league spring camp after coming off a season in which he went 3-7 with a 2.14 ERA (17er, 71.1ip) between Class A Advanced San Jose and double-A Richmond. Originally drafted by Colorado in the 16th round in 2007, Lively signed a minor league deal with San Francisco in 2008. In his five minor league seasons hes compiled a 14-13 record and 3.04 ERA (76er, 224.2ip) in 164 relief appearances.

Loux, 32, will be in big league camp with the Giants for the second consecutive season. He spent all of last season with triple-A Fresno, going 8-12 with a 4.67 ERA (93er, 179.1ip) in 28 starts. Loux has appeared in parts of four Major League seasons with Detroit (2002-03) and Los Angeles-AL (2008-09), going 3-7 with a 6.14 ERA in 39 games (13 starts).

Machi, 29, will be in San Franciscos big league camp for the first time after splitting last year between triple-A Diablos Rojos del Mexico in the Mexican League and triple-A Fresno. He combined to go 4-2 with a 2.76 ERA (18er, 58.2ip) in 51 relief appearances. Machi began his professional career in 2000 after signing with the Phillies as a non-drafted free agent. In 12 minor league seasons the 250-pound right-hander has fashioned a 40-43 record with a 3.71 ERA (259er, 628.2ip) in 315 games (50 starts).

Quinowski will be in Major League camp for the first time in his career. The 25-year-old left-hander from San Bernardino, CA spent all of last season with double-A Richmond, going 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA (22er, 54.1ip) in 40 games (1 start). Selected by the Giants in the 2004 draft (46th round), Quinowski has forged an 18-11 record with a 2.44 ERA (74er, 272.2ip) in 186 games in his minor league career.

Rodriguez will make his second straight appearance at Major League camp with San Francisco. The 26-year-old, who was signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, split time between double-A Richmond and triple-A Fresno last season, logging a 4-3 record with a 4.34 ERA (31er, 64.1ip) in 40 relief appearances. Overall, he has forged a 18-14 ledger with a 4.08 ERA (140er, 308.2ip) in 193 games (17 starts) in six minor league seasons.

Rosin, 23, will be attending big league camp for the first time after completing just two seasons in San Franciscos minor league chain. The Fargo, ND native went 2-3 with a 3.34 ERA (33er, 89.0ip) in 39 games (10 starts) for Class A Augusta last season and then went on to play for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League, fashioning a 2.13 ERA (3er, 12.2ip) in 9 relief appearances. Rosin was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round in 2010.

Sanford, 23, will be in camp for the first time after coming off a season in which he was named the South Atlantic League Most Outstanding Pitcher, along with earning mid-season and postseason All-Star bids for going 10-10 with a 2.55 ERA (48er, 169.2ip) in 30 games (25 starts) for Class A Augusta. The University of South Florida product was chosen by the Giants in the 13th round in 2009 and has gone 14-14 with a 2.72 ERA (70er, 232.0ip) in 73 games (28 starts).

Yourkin, 30, will be in big league camp for the second straight season. The Napa, CA native spent the entire 2011 campaign with triple-A Fresno, going 10-8 with a 4.69 ERA (87er, 167.0ip) in 29 starts. Overall, the southpaw has gone 33-36 with a 4.19 ERA (306er, 657.0ip) in 345 games (54 starts) over eight minor league seasons.

Joseph will be the youngest player in camp at just 20 years of age. In his second professional season last year, the Scottsdale, AZ native batted .270 (139-for-514), while leading Class A Advanced San Jose with 22 home runs and 95 RBI while being named to the California League postseason All-Star team. Joseph was selected by the Giants in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Horizon High School and enters 2012 rated as San Franciscos 2nd-best prospect by Baseball America.

Williams will be in his fifth-straight big league camp with San Francisco. The 25-year-old native of Tulsa, OK combined to hit .191 (34-for-178) with four home runs and 21 RBI between double-A Richmond and triple-A Fresno last season.

Susac, a 21-year-old catcher, was the Giants second round pick during the 2011 First Year Player Draft. The Roseville, CA native will make his professional debut this spring after signing last season. Drafted out of Oregon State, Susac batted .298 (42-for-141) with five home runs and 32 RBI in his sophomore season despite missing 16 games with a broken hamate bone in his left hand. Known for his work behind the plate, Susac was named the fifth-best prospect in the Cape Cod League by Baseball America after the summer of 2010 and enters 2012 rated as San Franciscos sixth-best prospect.

Arias will enter his first season with San Francisco. The 28-year-old infielder has seen brief time at the Major League level with Texas (2006-10) and New York-AL (2010), batting .276 (71-for-257) in 113 games. He spent the 2011 campaign with triple-A Omaha in the Royals organization, batting .232 (56-for-241) in 69 games and is coming off a successful 2011 Dominican Winter League season as he led the DWL with .387 average (58-for-150), 58 hits and four triples.

Dominguez, San Franciscos third round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, will be making his debut in big league camp. The 25-year-old infielder hit a combined .266 (147-for-553) with 32 doubles, 18 home runs and 85 RBI last season while playing for Class A Advanced San Jose and double-A Richmond.

Noonan, 22, spent time with Class A Advanced San Jose, double-A Richmond and triple-A Fresno last season and combined to hit .229 (96-for-419) with five home runs and 45 RBI in 112 contests. The Poway, CA native owns a .259 clip (507-for-1,955) and 243 RBI over five professional seasons within the Giants organization. He will be in his third-straight big league camp.

Panik, the Giants first round selection (29th overall) in the 2011 First Year Player Draft, had a spectacular professional debut last year, being honored as the Northwest League's MVP, while being named to the NWL Postseason All-Star team. The 21-year-old infielder led the Northwest League with a .341 avg. (92-for-270), 49 runs, 54 RBI and .401 OBP. This top prospect was also named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospects team as he posted a .323 avg. (30-for-93) in 27 games for the Scottsdale Scorpions. Drafted by San Francisco out of St. John's University, Panik led the Big East Conference with 60 runs scored, a .509 on-base percentage, while being tied for the highest batting average with a .398 clip (90-for-226).

Blanco, 28, has appeared in parts of three Major League seasons with Atlanta (2008-10) and Kansas City (2010), batting .259 (183-for-710) in 253 games. He spent the 2011 campaign with triple-A Omaha and Syracuse in the Royals and Nationals organizations, combining to hit .201 (40-for-199) in 74 games. Following the season he played in the Venezuelan Winter League and was named the MVP of the league after leading all players in on-base pct. (.478), stolen bases (18) and runs scored (47) while finishing fourth with a .337 batting average (66-for-196).

Brown, a 23-year-old outfielder, was the Giants first round selection (24th overall) in the 2010 First Year Player Draft and will be in spring camp for the second straight year. Last season the outfielder played in 131 games for Class A Advanced San Jose and was named the California League Rookie of the Year after leading the Giants with a .336 batting avg. and leading the league in hits (188) and triples (13), while ranking second with 53 stolen bases. Drafted out of Cal State Fullerton, Brown was also named to the California League mid-season and postseason All-Star teams in 2011. He enters the 2012 campaign ranked as San Franciscos best prospect by Baseball America.

Perez, a Bronx, NY native, will be in big league camp for the second-consecutive season. The 25-year-old outfielder led the Eastern League with 10 triples for double-A Richmond last season, while batting .268 (117-for-457) with 22 stolen bases in 131 games. The Giants 13th selection in the 2008 First Year Player Draft, Perez batted .290 (47-for-162) in the Dominican Winter League this season, finishing second with 13 stolen bases and 10 doubles.

Familiar faces trying to find success, health with Giants' Triple-A affiliate

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Familiar faces trying to find success, health with Giants' Triple-A affiliate

SACRAMENTO -- A young man named Clayton Blackburn walked into the home clubhouse at Raley Field on Tuesday decked out in Round Rock gear. 

"You're here for my start?" he said, smiling.

Sorry, Clayton, I was on Panda Watch for two days. But it was fun watching Blackburn, DFA’d in a weird move earlier this year, face former teammates. Blackburn hasn't had a great season with Texas, but he is still just 24 and he has gotten into terrific shape. Given what happened during his call-up last year, you should root for him to get a second chance. 

Blackburn gave up three runs over six innings against his former team. The River Cats won on Jarrett Parker’s walk-off homer to dead center with two outs in the ninth. Parker was one of many familiar faces in the lineup Tuesday. Here are some thoughts on guys you know, and guys you will: 

--- Trevor Brown is the backup catcher in Sacramento, which is certainly a fall from his run as Buster Posey's backup. Brown is batting .168 in what has been a very frustrating season for him. The groin injury that slowed him early lingered, he had a concussion, and he hasn't been able to find any BABIP luck. This year seems a lost one for a guy who was a big part of 2016. I’m still intrigued by his versatility.

--- Chris Shaw is the latest podcast guest. You can stream it here. We talked about his power, his move to left, thinking he was a Ray, and more. I didn't see many at-bats, but I saw enough in left field to be confident he'll be fine out there. 

--- Parker started in center field and made a nice running catch at the wall. He wouldn't hold up as a big league center fielder, but perhaps the Giants should throw him out there a few times down the stretch to see if he can be a backup option next season. Parker said he finally found his swing over the past few games. His rehab assignment ends in about a week, and he’s expected back in San Francisco. 

--- Reyes Moronta, who spent a day in the majors in May, was promoted to Triple-A. In his first inning, Drew Stubbs took him deep. I found that quirky. It's been a long season with far too many transactions. 

--- If Steven Duggar would stay healthy, he would probably make it up to SF in September. Unfortunately, his hamstring was tight again this week, keeping him out of San Jose’s lineup for a few days. Speaking of health: Tyler Beede’s groin injury will keep him out longer than just the standard DL time … Melvin Upton Jr. is still in Sacramento rehabbing a shoulder injury, but he’s not throwing yet so it’s hard to picture him making any noise before September call-up time …Christian Arroyo is in Arizona rehabbing from hand surgery. 

--- Derek Law was smiling because Derek Law is always smiling. He has a 4.32 ERA but said he feels much better than those results. “My slider is back,” Law said. He should be, too, when the Giants expand their roster. There are some other interesting relievers in Sacramento. A first baseman told me opposing hitters grumble about facing D.J. Snelten (1.84 ERA) and Tyler Rogers has a 1.94 ERA as a dirt-scraping right-hander. 

--- A teammate predicted Carlos Moncrief would hit .270 in the big leagues if called up, and he ended up getting that call Wednesday morning. Moncrief is a fun clubhouse addition. He gave Sandoval some good-natured heckling for talking to reporters after going 1 for 4. 

--- The Giants have had a lot of veterans visit San Jose this season. They all bought the postgame spread, but word around the block is that Madison Bumgarner provided the best meal. He had steak and lobster delivered to San Jose Muni. 

Eduardo Nunez 'forever grateful' for his time spent with the Giants

Eduardo Nunez 'forever grateful' for his time spent with the Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Eduardo Nuñez left San Francisco in a strange way. The third baseman was traded in the middle of Tuesday night’s game and mostly said his goodbyes in a stairwell behind the home dugout at AT&T Park. Before joining the Red Sox, Nuñez took to his social media pages to send a message to the Giants and their fans. 

On Twitter, Nuñez thanked the organization for “the great opportunity and experiences learned” and wished the team the best of luck. His Instagram message was a bit longer. 

“I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this amazing team,” Nuñez wrote. “I value the experiences learned during my time here and I will miss my teammates, the fans, and the beautiful city of San Francisco very much. Best wishes to the Giants organization during the rest of this season. God Bless.”

Nuñez is expected to join the Red Sox on Friday. Boston’s manager, John Farrell, told reporters that his new infielder will get “a high number of at-bats” despite the presence of top prospect Rafael Devers. 

"This is someone who's swinging the bat very well right now,” Farrell said, according to MassLive.com. "A high energy player that can run the bases well. He’s got really good line drive power so his .300-plus batting average to mix into this lineup is a good addition."