The San Francisco Giants are still on the fence about their trade deadline plan, but this weekend’s series against the first place Arizona Diamondbacks, who they trail by 6.5 games, could make their approach very clear.
A brief blueprint of that: if they get swept, it’s likely that they will listen to offers regarding some of their relievers, Tim Lincecum and Hunter Pence. If they sweep, on the other hand, the chances that they add an outfield bat or a starter increase. Pretty simple stuff.
Should the Giants declare themselves as buyers, there’s one piece that could draw the interest in trade talks: AA catcher Andrew Susac, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Schulman points to the lack of quality catchers as the main reason why Susac is an intriguing piece. The Giants shipped catcher Tommy Joseph to the Philadelphia Phillies in a deal that netted them Hunter Pence last year.
So, Susac isn’t as expendable as Joseph was, but it’s unclear if Buster Posey will ever make a permanent move to first base (if he does, Susac’s value will have long reached its peek), and Hector Sanchez is also in the mix, if he improves his defense.
Let me be very clear in saying that Susac’s promotion isn’t imminent. Those are just some factors to consider.
San Francisco’s obvious top prospect is Kyle Crick, who whirled five no-hit innings on Wednesday night and has a 1.04 ERA in 34.2 innings this year. But he’s what you call untouchable, especially after the Zack Wheeler debacle.
After Crick, Chris Stratton, Martin Agosta, Edwin Escobar, Heath Hembree and Clayton Blackburn represent the next tier. With the exception of Hembree, all of the team’s best pitching prospects are in the lower levels of the organization.
As a side note, Hembree could be called up when the rosters expand in September, if he isn’t dealt.
Susac has a .265/.374/.489 batting line this year. He’s also hit a 11 home runs.