Sabean addresses Cabrera's suspension


Sabean addresses Cabrera's suspension

Editor's note: Giants general manager Brian Sabean addressed Melky Cabrera's 50-game suspension for the first time, speaking about a variety of topics on a conference call Thursday morning.
On how the Giants will fill their two open roster spaces:"As of right now, weve got Hacker on the way and Christian will be called up."
On whether Hunter Pence acquisition had anything to do with Melky Cabrera's suspension:"No, weve liked Pence. We tried to sign him last deadline. He was going to be a Giant if we found a way to do it this year."

On Cabrera's future with the franchise:

"I cant answer that now. There are a lot of blanks to be filled in, as a result of this."

On his reaction to Cabrera news:

"I mean, if anything I was taken back. I got emotional because this is one of those things that you get punched in the stomach with, but you have no choice but to figure out how to move on."
On how the team will get by without their three-hitter:

"I mean we have a survival instinct, seemingly right now its about winning series. Dodgers were 5 and 1 in the last 6 games, were 3 and 3. They won two series in a row and we are 1 and 1. We know how to cut up the games left and what we need to do."

On Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt:

"I think they have a lot to be proud of. You know, we stuck with them. We gave them as much playing time as they could handle. They are both very talented kids its just a matter of time and we hope that time is now. They are kids they really do want to do well and want to well for the team and it bodes well for us, into the future."
On chance of promoting Gary Brown:

"I dont see it in the short term, no. But you still learn in AA. If hes more proficient against left handed pitching and has struggled from time to time. We also know hes a center fielder, at this time. Its not enough for the front burner of our thinking."

On when they learned of Cabrera's suspension:

"We didnt find out until we were notified yesterday morning with Bruce."
On whether Cabrera's group was hesitant to discus an extention because they knew about impending suspension:

"I cant speak for them it was a conceptual conversation and it never really went anywhere. They more or less pushed it if they were interested in doing something at the end of the year. I dont know time range, in reference to the question."
On whether Cabrera and Guillermo Mota should know better:

"In our case, its two veteran major league players that should know the policy and should know the consequences better."

Top pick Heliot Ramos visits AT&T Park, will start Giants career this weekend

Top pick Heliot Ramos visits AT&T Park, will start Giants career this weekend

SAN FRANCISCO — As he was wrapping up the first press conference of his career, Heliot Ramos was asked when he expects to be back at AT&T Park as a player. The 17-year-old smiled and said he hopes to debut in three years. 

“I know it’s hard, but that’s my dream,” Ramos continued. “I know I’ve got to work hard for that.”

A half-dozen Giants officials stood a few feet away, smiling. Three years would be incredibly impressive. It took Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones four years after being drafted out of high school to reach the big leagues. Buster Posey got a cup of coffee a year after he was drafted, but he was already 22 years old because he had played three years at Florida State. 

Ramos doesn’t turn 18 until September. The Giants hope he is dominating A-ball in three years, and yet, he’s the the kind of prospect that allows them to dream for so much more. 

“If he grew up in Southern California (instead of Puerto Rico) we never would have had a shot at drafting him,” one team official said Tuesday.

Ramos certainly opened eyes in his second trip to AT&T Park, but then again, he put on a display the first time, too. The Giants brought him in for a pre-draft workout and someone pointed out to Ramos that the deepest part of the park was 421 feet. The right-handed hitter, making the transition to a wood bat, wasn’t bothered by the dimensions. He took aim at Triples Alley and tried to blast one out, and he nearly did. Then he started pulling the ball, peppering the left field bleachers with homers and convincing the front office that he was the right pick at No. 19 in this month’s draft. Ramos, described as a potential five-tool center fielder, said he enjoys hitting here.

“It’s a park with a lot of history, and I like that,” he said. 

The clock on his career starts this weekend. Ramos will travel back to Arizona and play in a rookie league game Friday or Saturday. It is always a slow progression for a high school draft pick, but the Giants believe Ramos is physically mature enough to jump right in with both feet. 

Ramos, who said his favorite player is Andrew McCutchen, is listed at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds and he carries it well. One member of the front office compared his body type to Yasiel Puig as a rookie; another called him a “mini-Cespedes.” Bruce Bochy lit up when asked about the physicality of the organization’s latest top pick. 

“Any time you get a young kid like this, the ceiling is so high,” he said. “That excites you.”

Bochy spent some time with Ramos and his family after batting practice. As they posed for photos, the manager looked out at the field and then turned to a PR representative.

“Can he take BP? Put him in the last group,” Bochy said, smiling. “I’ll put him in the lineup tomorrow.”

Ramos didn’t end up taking swings, but if all goes according to his plan, it won’t be long.

Giants lineup: After nine-run outburst on Monday, Bochy makes no changes

Giants lineup: After nine-run outburst on Monday, Bochy makes no changes

Bud Black and Bruce Bochy issued their lineups for Game 2 of their series at AT&T Park:

Rockies (47-32) 
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
5. Ian Desmond (R) LF
6. Alexi Amarista (L) RF
7. Trevor Story (R) SS
8. Tony Wolters (L) C
9. Jeff Hoffman (R) P

Giants (28-51)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 3B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Matt Cain (R) P (3-7, 5.54 ERA)