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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Giants made their second round of cuts Wednesday morning, sending 11 players to minor league camp including outfielder Gary Brown and catcher Andrew Susac.
Left-hander Mike Kickham was the only one of seven pitchers on the list who saw time with the Giants last season. He was optioned to Triple-A Fresno and will continue to work at the minor league complex for the remainder of spring. Left-hander Jose De Paula, who had an impressive camp, also was optioned to Fresno. Right-hander Kendry Flores and right-hander Hunter Strickland were optioned to Single-A San Jose.
The Giants also reassigned right-handers Jason Berken, Mason Tobin and Mitch Lively, the latter of whom was the Venezuelan League pitcher of the year and hadn’t allowed an earned run this spring. Lively has found greater success since being converted from the bullpen to a starting role last season and he’s expected to pitch in Fresno’s rotation.
A little later in the day, they optioned Brown, a former first-round pick, along with third baseman Adam Duvall, who had been sidelined with a sore hamstring. They also reassigned third baseman Chris Dominguez and Susac, who had a nice camp and will try to establish himself as a frontline catcher this season at Fresno.
The Giants are down to 23 pitchers in camp and 43 players overall, including 10 non-roster invitees.