The San Francisco Giants announced their second wave of September call-ups last night after their 10-9 loss to the Rockies. The five additional players called-up are: Gary Brown, Adam Duvall, Erik Cordier, Chris Heston, and Bruce Bochy‘s son: Brett Bochy.
Callups: Brett Bochy, Gary Brown, Erik Cordier, Chris Heston, Adam Duvall. #sfgiants
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) September 2, 2014
Gary Brown, the Giants’ former first round draft pick (24th overall in 2010), is getting his very first call-up to the big leagues. Brown is a speedy outfielder who spent the season playing the majority of the time in center field and leading off for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies.
Brown has had over 2,500 at bats in the minors and was expected to be more major league ready than he currently is at. Brown owns a .277 average in five minor league seasons and finished out 2014 batting .271 with 10 home runs, 53 RBI, .329 OBP, and 36 stolen bases, but 20 caught stealing.
Brown has been mentioned before about how his future with the Giants is unclear, indicating that he could possibly be used in a package deal in a trade during the off-season. Brown will need to impress the Giants this last month of the season to try to insure he’ll remain in the Giants organization.
@jrjal12 why do you need any of that if he’s not in long-term plans
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) September 1, 2014
Adam Duvall has spent some time up and down this season with the Giants. During his very limited 61 at-bats Duvall has a .180 batting average with two homers and three RBI with the Giants. Duvall’s first Major League hit came in his first game with the Giants when he hit a solo home run.
Duvall adds more depth at first base while Belt is out and also adds power to the Giants roster. Duvall was named to the All-PCL First Team for his great season with Fresno. He ended the season with a .298 average, 27 home runs, 90 RBI, .360 OBP, and a .599 slugging percentage.
— Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) August 25, 2014
Erik Cordier is another player getting his first call-up to the majors. Cordier has been with the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, and San Francisco Giants minor league organizations for 11 seasons. Cordier pitched out of relief for the Fresno Grizzlies this season posting a 4-3 record and 3.59 ERA in 52.2 innings with 68 strike outs, 31 walks, and a 1.35 WHIP.
Chris Heston has also never been in “the show” before. Heston pitched very well with Fresno this season as a starter. He went 12-9 with a 3.38 ERA in 173 innings, striking out 125 batters, allowing nine home runs, and having a very impressive 1.17 WHIP.
A bit of a family reunion will be made Tuesday after Brett Bochy arrives. Brett Bochy is the son of Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Bochy went 5-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 56 innings with 48 strike outs and a 1.43 WHIP this season in Triple-A. Brett and Bruce Bochy will be the first father-son, manager-player combination for the Giants since Moises and Felipe Alou in 2006.
Worth noting: The Giants also promoted a few players from advanced Single-A San Jose to Double-A Richmond to get more playing time and help the Flying Squirrels in their playoff series this week. One of those players promoted was Cuban prospect Daniel Carbonell, who has been rising fast within the Giants organization. Carbonell finished with a .344 batting average, three triples, three home runs, 12 RBI, and seven stolen bases in 21 games with San Jose.
— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) September 2, 2014