Updated Camp Battles (Part 3): Bullpen

But first, let’s play a little catch-up on the last few days…

Monday: L Cubs 3-2 | 5 perfect innings (7 K) from Matt Cain, who’s on a mission to get back to the top this year. Rough game by Tony Abreu, who committed a throwing error and a mistake on the basepaths.

Tuesday: W Reds 8-5 | The bats came out, Buster’s 3-run blast leading the charge. Ehire Adrianza kept it going, hitting a right-handed HR.

Wednesday: W White Sox 4-3 | Hector Sanchez plays 1B, the beats all write about it, people freak out… Positional flexibility is a good thing to have. Nice day for Hector, starting the winning rally in the bottom of the 9th. Noonan tied it with another big double; Arias won it with a single. 

Today: The Giants face Texas under the desert lights, their first evening game of the spring. Andrew Susac catches Ryan Vogelsong, and it sounds like Joe Panik and Bryce Bandilla will be on the bench. Susac was reassigned to minor league camp yesterday, but Bochy wanted to get him a start before he (Susac) left camp.    

Bullpen battle: Two middle-relief spots still up for grabs, and I wouldn’t say anyone has necessarily run away with anything yet. Machi is probably a safe bet for one of the jobs, but the other one looks wide open at the moment. We’ll do this post a little differently than the previous ones, as there are still quite a few guys contending. Instead of trying to project the odds, we’ll just look at each of the players left in camp at this point. I’ve tried to keep up with all the recent cuts, but please let me know if I’ve added or left anyone off the list.      

Jean Machi: 4 G, 4.1 IP, 4.15 ERA, 4 H, 0 BB, 3 K | Pre-Spring: 75%

Outlook: Machi’s spring numbers aren’t the shiniest, but Bochy has used him in save situations three of his four outings. He’s earned the save all three times, and I’d think he’s still a frontrunner for a roster spot.

Heath Hembree: 3 G, 2 IP, 4.50 ERA, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K | Pre-Spring: 65%

Outlook: It was brought to my attention on DrB’s site that Hembree hasn’t seen much action lately. That being said, I would think he’s in line to pitch tonight. He’s had two good outings and a terrible one so far. Entering camp, I thought he had the inside track at a roster spot. I’m not so sure anymore.

George Kontos: 4 G, 4 IP, 4.50 ERA, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 K | Pre-Spring: 55%

Outlook: Not the best performance in camp, but not the worst either. I guess I’m just not that impressed with Kontos. If he doesn’t improve some during the final weeks of camp, I have a hard time believing he’ll get the spot.

Derek Law: 2 G, 2 IP, 0 ERA, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K | Pre-Spring: 40%

Outlook: Law hasn’t been used much in game action this spring, but the Giants are definitely still keeping an eye on him. I’d love to see him win the job, but I still think Fresno is the Opening Day landing spot. He’ll be a Giant at some point this year, though.

Jake Dunning: 4 G, 4.1 IP, 2.08 ERA, 5 H, 4 BB, 3 K | Pre-Spring: 45%

Outlook: Unspectacular results from Dunning so far, but he’s certainly still in the mix for the final roster spot.

Kameron Loe: 4 G, 7 IP, 3.86 ERA, 9 H, 2 BB, 1 K | Pre-Spring: 25%

Outlook: I could have included Loe in the long-relief list, as the coaching staff has stretched him out a couple times. The most experienced member of this group is certainly getting a long look, and he seems to fit in well with the team, but I’m not sure it’ll be enough to win a job.

Erik Cordier: 4 G, 4 IP, 0 ERA, 1 H, 4 BB, 6 K | Pre-Spring Odds: 30%

Outlook: Cordier’s arm has been as electric as advertised this spring, but I think the staff would like to see him cut down on his walks before they make him a major leaguer.

Dan Runzler: 4 G, 3 IP, 3.00 ERA, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K | Pre-Spring: 25%

Outlook: Runzler came to camp with some altered mechanics, but he still looked very wild in the televised outing I watched last week. 

Juan Gutierrez: 4 G, 4 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 3 K | Pre-Spring: 25%

Outlook: Fellow NRI Rafael Dolis was out of camp quick, but Gutierrez keeps hanging around (at least to my knowledge). He’s yet to allow a run, but a walk an inning probably won’t cut it.

Adam Reifer: 3 G, 3 IP, 3.00 ERA, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K | Pre-Spring: 20%

Outlook: I called Reifer my camp sleeper this spring. As far as I know he’s still in camp, but he’s definitely not very high on the depth chart. Like all of these guys, it’s so hard to get a read after only three or four appearances. That’s how it goes this time of year, and why the guys on these lists have to do anything they can to get noticed. 

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2 thoughts on “Updated Camp Battles (Part 3): Bullpen”

  1. Good stuff. Hembree did pitch in the Futures game on Sunday–1 IP, 1 H, no runs, walks, or Ks–but that’s probably not included in his overall stats.

    Runzler has two blown saves in his last two appearances. His ERA isn’t awful, but he’s letting other guys’ runners in.

    1. I don’t think the future’s game was included in the stats. It wasn’t for Derek Law, anyway. Runzler didn’t look good to me last week. I just don’t see him magically shaking off his control problems at this point in his career.

      How was your trip?!

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