Cain on Kickham: 'I know he can throw hard'
Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy will turn to a rookie while Ryan Vogelsong is on the shelf. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants will call up left-hander Mike Kickham from Triple-A Fresno to start Tuesday against the A’s in place of injured Ryan Vogelsong.
Kickham, 24, will join the team Monday before making his major league debut in Game 2 of the Bay Bridge Series at O.co Coliseum. The 6-foot-4 left-hander has come on strong lately in Fresno’s rotation. Though he is just 3-4 with a 4.33 ERA overall in 10 starts this season, Kickham is 3-1 with a 1.72 ERA in May.
He held Oklahoma City to one run in 6 1/3 innings in his last start Thursday, and he’ll be on his regular rest pitching Tuesday.
The Missouri native was ranked the Giants’ No. 5 prospect in Baseball America’s preseason ratings, and that publication voted him as having the best slider in the farm system.
“He’s been the best pitcher down there, and he’s a left-hander we think a lot of,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “I look forward to watching him. If he goes out there and pitches the way he’s been pitching, he’ll be fine.”
With Vogelsong expected to miss several weeks recovering from a fractured right hand, the opportunity is there for Kickham to stick in the rotation for a while.
He appeared in two spring training games with the big club, allowing one run in three innings.
Giants catcher Buster Posey caught Kickham in bullpen sessions during the spring but not in any games.
“He’s got good stuff, that’s about all I remember,” Posey said.
The Giants won’t add him to the 25-man roster – and make a corresponding move – until Tuesday.