Giants top catching prospect Garcia describes focus of offseason work

Giants top catching prospect Garcia describes focus of offseason work

Aramis Garcia knew what he needed to work on this offseason.

The Giants top catching prospect, labeled a bat-first player in scouting reports, focused primarily on his defense.

"Ever since I've signed, that's one they've emphasized on me, just to improve on my defense. I know this offseason in particular, I went home and I really focused on my defense a lot, receiving in particular. Just every day, catching balls off the machine, just getting all that repetition in and receiving balls the right way, working on pitch presentation," Garcia said on KNBR 680 on Saturday. "I feel like this offseason has been really beneficial for me from that aspect to improve on my defense."

Garcia, picked by the Giants in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft, had a breakout season in 2015 and entered the 2016 season as San Francisco's No. 7 ranked prospect according to Baseball America.

But facial fractures sustained in May while sliding into second base to try to break up a double play during a High-A California League game cost him two and a half months.

Now healthy, Garcia wants to improve his hands and his pitch framing.

"Gotta have nice soft hands. More than anything, I feel like today, with the framing metrics, it's a lot about pitch presentation too. Presenting the pitch well to the umpire and getting as many calls as possible," Garcia, the Giants' No. 9 prospect, said.

The 24-year-old Florida International product finished the 2016 season with High-A San Jose, but he doesn't want to repeat the level. His goal was to go to spring training and show he's ready for the next level.

"I just want to come in and show these guys all the work I've done this offseasn and show them why I deserve to start out in [Double-A] Richmond," Garcia said.


Giants lineup: Nunez returns, batting second vs Padres


Giants lineup: Nunez returns, batting second vs Padres

Amidst trade rumors, Eduardo Nunez is back in the lineup for the Giants Thursday night against the Padres.

San Diego Padres (40-54)

1. Jose Pirela (R) 2B
2. Matt Szczur (R) CF
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Jabari Blash (R) LF
5. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
6. Erick Aybar (S) SS
7. Cory Spangenberg (L) 3B
8. Luis Torrens (R) C
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (37-59)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

The Dodgers made a move on Thursday that will certainly interest Giants fans.

Los Angeles designated Sergio Romo for assignment.

Over 30 appearances this season, Romo is 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA.

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He hasn't taken the mound since July 8.

Against the Giants this year:

- April 24: Allowed one hit and one walk in one inning
- April 25: Allowed two earned runs in 0.1 innings 
- May 2: A perfect 1-2-3 inning
- May 17: Allowed one run in one inning

Romo spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Orange and Black.

From 2008 to 2016, he went 32-26 with a 2.58 ERA and 84 saves over 515 appearances.

He won three World Series rings with the Giants.