UPDATED with additional moves 6:30 p.m. 3/12/14
According to a report, the San Francisco Giants made their second round of spring cuts on Wednesday, optioning four pitchers to the minors and reassigning two others to the minor league camp. The Giants then announced four more cuts later Wednesday.
According to CSNBayArea.com, left-handers Mike Kickham and Jose De Paula were optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, while right-handers Kendry Flores and Hunter Strickland were optioned to Advanced-A San Jose. The Giants reported via MLB.com that center fielder Gary Brown and third baseman Adam Duvall were also optioned to Fresno.
Kickham, 25, did not appear in any Cactus League games for the Giants this spring. He made 12 appearances, three starts, for the Giants last season and posted a 10.16 ERA and 1.976 WHIP in 28.1 innings, striking out 29. He had a 4.31 ERA and 1.392 WHIP in 20 starts and 110.2 innings for Fresno last season with 90 strikeouts. Kickham was a sixth-round pick by the Giants out of Missouri State University in 2010.
De Paula, 26, pitched four scoreless innings this spring in three appearances, allowing two hits and fanning four. He made 14 starts last season for Double-A San Antonio and had a 3.86 ERA and 1.272 WHIP in 74.2 innings, striking out 57. The Giants claimed De Paula off waivers from the San Diego Padres in November.
Berken, 30, was touched for three runs on six hits and a walk in six innings this spring with three strikeouts. Berken last pitched in the major leagues with the Cubs in 2012 and spent 2013 in the Chicago White Sox organization. The Giants signed him as a free agent on Nov. 13. In 27 starts at Triple-A Charlotte last season, Berken had a 3.80 ERA and 1.348 WHIP in 161 innings with 117 strikeouts.
Lively, 28, didn’t give up a run in two inning, walking one and striking out one. He was the Venezuelan League pitcher of the year over the winter after being converted from relief to a starter last season.
A native Northern Californian (Lively is from Susanville), Lively had a 4.72 ERA and 1.339 WHIP In 124 innings for Fresno, making 20 starts and 10 relief appearances. He was originally drafted in the 16th round by the Colorado Rockies in 2007 out of Sacramento State and made his way to the Giants as a free agent in July 2008 after being released by Colorado and spending time pitching in the independent United League.
Brown, 25, was 4-for-15 this spring with two runs, two RBI, two steals and three walks. Last year at Fresno, Brown hit .231/.286/.375 in 137 games with 79 runs, 29 doubles, six triples, 13 home runs, 50 RBI and 17 steals. He had 135 strikeouts, the most in any of his three full seasons in the minors. He was the 24h overall pick by the Giants out of Cal State Fullerton in 2010.
Duvall, 25, was 2-for-8 with a solo homer in limited action this spring after hitting .252/.320/.465 in 105 games at Double-A Richmond last season. He had 61 runs, 23 doubles, four triples, 17 homers and 58 RBI with 72 strikeouts. He was an 11th round pick in 2010 by San Francisco out of the University of Louisville.
Dominguez, 27, was 1-for-5 with two runs, an RBI and two walks in Cactus League action after hitting .294/.334/.464 in 132 games at Fresno in 2013. He had 60 runs, 24 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs and 65 RBI with 112 whiffs. He was a third round pick in 2009 by the Giants, also out of the University of Louisville.
Susac, 23, was 2-for-11 this spring with two doubles and three RBI. Last year, he played 84 games at Richmond and hit .256/.362/.458 with 32 runs, 17 doubles, 12 homers and 46 RBI to go with 68 strikeouts. He was taken in the second round by the Giants in 2011 out of Oregon State.