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Mar. 26, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (center) and teammates look on during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants Minor Leaguers OK After Arizona Crash

Five San Francisco Giants minor-leaguers sustained only minor injuries in a two-car collision Tuesday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the players were taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center and were treated for minor injuries. The van carrying a group of Giants’ prospects in Arizona for an off-season training program for players not on the 40-man roster drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle and was struck.

The players who were injured were Bryce Bandilla, Adalberto Mejia, Dan Slania, Jeff Soptic and Kelby Tomlinson, according to the report.

Bandilla is a 23-year-old left-handed pitcher who was the Giants fourth-round pick in 2011 out of the University of Arizona. He made 38 relief appearances for High-A San Jose in 2013, going 1-4 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.150 WHIP in 44.1 innings. He saved five games and had a whopping 72 strikeouts, fanning 14.6 per nine innings.

Mejia is a 20-year-old Dominican left-hander who is considered one of the top starting pitching prospects in the organization. Baseball America ranked him as San Francisco’s 10th-best prospect after last season. He signed with the Giants in 2011 for a reported $350,000. (h/t Baseball America) He spent most of last season at San Jose, going 7-4 in 16 starts with a 3.31 ERA and 1.126 WHIP in 87 innings with 89 strikeouts. He made one start at Triple-A Fresno in July, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings, while walking two and striking out two. He took a no-decision.

Slania, 21, is a right-handed pitcher who was taken out of Notre Dame in the fifth round last June. He made 12 appearances for Low-A Salem-Keizer, going 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA and 1.171 WHIP in 13.2 innings, striking out 14 and earning three saves.

Soptic is a 22-year-old right-hander who was taken third by the Chicago White Sox in 2011 out of Johnson County Community College in Kansas. He was traded to the Giants in February for infielder Conor Gillaspie and split last season between Salem-Keizer and San Jose. He made four appearances at S-K with a 2.25 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in four innings, striking out six. At San Hose, he was 3-2 with a 6.26 ERA and 1.824 WHIP in 32 appearances, striking out 46 in 41.2 innings.

Tomlinson was selected in the 12th round by the Giants in 2011 out of Texas Tech. The 23-year-old played for three teams last year, including a seven-game rehab stint with the Arizona League rookie-level club. In 32 games at San Jose, he hit .276/.338/.328 in 148 plate appearances with seven doubles, 13 runs and 16 RBI, but struggled at Double-A Richmond, hitting .198/.313/.250 in 33 games and 116 plate appearances, with five doubles, 13 runs and four RBI.

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