Report: Giants re-sign Whiteside to minor-league contract


Report: Giants re-sign Whiteside to minor-league contract

The Giants signed Eli Whiteside to a minor-league contract Friday, according to a report from

The Giants non-tendered Whiteside earlier this week, making him a free agent and avoiding the 750,000-some he would have earned through arbitration. Instead, Whiteside will have to compete for a roster spot in Spring Training, and he would likely only earn close to the league minimum, 480,000.

Whiteside, 32, backed into a heavy workload after Buster Posey's season-ending injury. The replacement catcher hit .197 with four home runs in a career-high 236 plate appearances.

During the Winter Meetings, manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Posey would be playing some first base in 2012 in order to keep his bat in the lineup and allow him to rest the ankle.
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To go along with Posey and Whiteside, the Giants also have catchers Chris Stewart and Hector Sanchez on the roster.

It remains to be seen how the Giants will treat the catcher position.

Stewart, 29, took a career-high 162 at bats last year, hitting .204 with three home runs. But it wasn't his offense that kept him in the Giants' battery. Stewart plays stout defense behind the plate and has a lightning fast release to second base. He threw out 22 of 56 would-be base stealers, a 39 success rate, good enough for third in the entire MLB.

The five-year veteran has played for a different team in each of his years in the league.

Sanchez rose through the Giants' minor league system last year and made his major-league debut as a 21-year old on July 15. He hit .302 in in 52 games with the Single-A San Jose Giants, and .261 in 46 games with Triple-A Fresno before getting the promotion.

Sanchez, the Venezuelan native, appeared in 13 games late in the season, tallying eight hits in 31 at bats. He has been lauded as one of the Giants' top prospects as an offensive catcher.

Giants minor leaguer, Walnut Creek native pitches perfect game

Giants minor leaguer, Walnut Creek native pitches perfect game


A Giants minor leaguer made history on Tuesday night in Kentucky.

Left-handed pitcher Domenic Mazza pitched a perfect game for the Augusta GreenJackets against the Lexington Legends.

It is the first nine-inning perfect game in the history of the Class-A South Atlanta League.

Mazza needed just 85 pitches to complete the feat and struck out nine Legends batters in the effort. The last three outs were all flyball outs and the final out set off a wild celebration by GreenJackets players, who mobbed Mazza.

Including Tuesday's performance, the 22-year-old Mazza owns a 3.48 ERA in four starts for Augusta this season. In 2016, he made 14 starts for Augusta and compiled a 3.93 ERA.

Born in Walnut Creek, Mazza attended Clayton Valley High School and played his college ball at UC Santa Barbara. The Giants drafted him in the 22nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Anything you can do, I can do better.

A day after the Giants called up top prospect Christian Arroyo, the Dodgers have summoned their top prospect Cody Bellinger.

Like Arroyo, Bellinger is 21 years old. But the Dodgers' first base prospect is more highly touted.

Entering the 2017 season, Baseball America had Bellinger ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in baseball while ESPN's Keith Law had him at No. 6. Since the beginning of the season, with prospects ahead of him graduating to the major leagues, Bellinger moved up to No. 3 on Law's list.

Arroyo and Bellinger are getting a taste of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry right away. Arroyo made his debut Monday and batted sixth. On Tuesday, Bellinger is batting eighth against Ty Blach and playing left field.

In 18 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger hit .343/.429/.627 with four doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment.