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Friday, March 06, 2009

Perdomo and Guzman Impressing

We're only a week into March, but a few Giants' youngsters (and a few guys who have been getting a lot of pub at this particular blog) that are really making some noise so far are infielder Jesus Guzman and reliever Luis Perdomo.

Heading into Saturday's game, Guzman is tied for the team lead in both home runs (2) and RBI (5) and leads the team in extra-base hits as well. The amazing thing about this, is that he's had only 12 at-bats compared to most of the other big leaguers who are at or around 20+ at-bats. Not only is he roping the baseball, Guzman has also played better defense at third than people thought he would coming in. He's still not flawless there, and has one error this spring to show, but he's definitely improving. I don't think there is any question that his bat is ready to be tested in the bigs, the only problem will be finding him a roster spot. With Dave Roberts' recent release (more at the bottom of the post), it does open up another potential bench spot, but Guzman is still a long shot to make the club out of spring. He's taken grounders at first and flyballs in the outfield as well, so he may see some action at some other positions before the the team breaks north, just so the Giants can get a feel of how versatile he can be. I still think he will open up as the Grizzlies starting third basemen, but he should be amongst the first call-ups in 2009, much like Jon Bowker was in '08 after his impressive spring.

The other young Giant fighting for a roster spot, rule V draftee Luis Perdomo, has also continued to excel this spring. What really helped his case was the recent demotion of Keeichi Yabu. Most likely, the Giants felt Yabu was expendable because Merkin Valdez is finally back and healthy (he threw 1 scoreless/hitless inning in relief of Tim Lincecum's flawless start on Friday), but Perdomo is definitely in the mix. Speaking of Merkin, Perdomo's spring so far this year has reminded a lot of how Valdez threw last spring before dominating in April and May then going down for the year with an arm injury. If Luis Perdomo doesn't make the squad out of the gate, I have a feeling that the Giants are going to do their best at trying to work a deal with the Indians in order to keep him Perdomo. There have been whispers of possibly going with a 11-man pitching rotation which would open up another bench spot for someone like Guzman or Bowker, but also make it would be pretty tough (espesially if Valdez stays healthy) for Perdomo to make the team. If Sergio Romo comes back strong in a week, that also would work against Perdomo's chances. If the Giants are planning on carrying only 6 relievers than that would leave about 2 possible spots as Brian Wilson, Bob Howry, Jeremy Affeldt and Merkin Valdez are all essential locks if healthy leaving Perdomo, Alex Hinshaw, Jack Taschner, Sergio Romo and Justin Miller battling for those last 2 spots.

As I mentioned in the post, the Giants made few roster moves over the last couple of days, releasing Dave Roberts, and demoting Keeichi Yabu to Triple-A. They released Dave Roberts, deciding to eat his 6.5 million dollar salary and let him play somewhere else for free. This is a bittersweet move because it does rid the roster of an aging vet that doesn't really have a role here and allowing a younger player to take the roster spot. At the same time, the front office just basically admitted they made a huge mistake by signing the left fielder in the first place. I don't know many fans that were happy about the Roberts signing, and while I fully expected him to become a bench guy before the end of his deal, I didn't think it would get to the point where the Giants would release him, but they do have Velez and Bowker who both have some upside and both are actually better than Roberts at this point anyway. So no, this move didn't surpise me in the slightest, but I was really hoping they'd at least get a low level prospect in exchange for him. The same can be said for Yabu. There are a handful of younger, better pitchers who are itching to fill Yabu's role from a year ago, and the 40 year-old just isn't the better option here. I am glad Yabu will be staying in the organization though because he's a good veteran to have in case you need a quick call-up.
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  • At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Kelso 21 said…

    Roberts was a huge waste of time and money. He's right there with Edgardo Al"fatsto" and Armondo Benitez as the worst signings by Sabes. But I was actually a fan of Yabu. He did pretty decent last year with a 3.57 era, one of the best in the bullpen. I hope they can replace him.

  • At 2:02 AM, Anonymous AK's #1 Giants Fan said…

    Go Giants.... Reading your blog from the true great northwest....Alaska. Keep up the good work. Giants fan transplanted to the freezing cold. I can't imagine what Spring Training in Arizona must feel like. Those lucky bums them.

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  • At 9:02 AM, Blogger rxmeister said…

    I don't think Guzman's defense has really been better as advertised. He has only made one error, but that's deceptive. I listened to the game on Thursday, and every ball hit in his direction was an adventure. A couple were scored as hits, but would have been outs with just an average third baseman. I'd like to see him get alot better at third before he's called up for good, or the Giants' might have to convert him to a first baseman or outfielder. Also, good riddance to Roberts and Yabu. I know you said Yabu will be staying with the organization, but I heard Sabean the other day and he said he doesn't want a 40 year old pitching at Fresno. I think he's looking to trade him, and will probably release him if he's unable to do so. As for Perdomo, I also hope they're able to negotiate a deal, because I doubt he's ready for the majors, but he was actually drafted from the Cardinals, not the Indians.

  • At 4:26 PM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    Yes Keslo, although Roberts didn't cost them the money the other two did, I would rank that signing right there with them.

    As for Perdomo, he was really taken from the Cards? I thought he was taken from Cleveland? He was with their organization last season as I remember hearing about him a few times.

    And I do think that if Guzman is going to stick with the Giants, he'll be playing somewhere besides third. I can't wait until we see him play somewhere else this spring. If he could be serviceable in left and at first then he really could be an asset to the team and see some legit at-bats. But I still see him starting the year off in Fresno, until he forces the issue by hitting .330 with 7 hr's and 29 RBI in April.. Just a wild prediction on how he starts off in Fresno.


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