On Monday, the Giants became the last team to make their 60-Man player pool public.
The title of 60-Man Player Pool is a bit of a misnomer since the Giants, like several other teams, have less than 60 on the pool. The Giants named only 51. This will allow them to add other players later without having to let some go. The rules for this 60-man pool is that if a team removes a player from their Pool, they can not bring him back during the 2020 season.
The pool’s biggest surprise was that the Giants 2019 1st round pick Hunter Bishop was not on the list, as was previously announced. That is because Bishop tested positive for COVID-19, and will be in quarantine for some time.
The rest of the list did not contain many surprises. Almost all the names on the list were familiar, and with the Giants in Spring Training. Top prospects Joey Bart, Marco Luciano, and Heliot Ramos all were on the roster. Pablo Sandoval, Trevor Cahill, and Billy Hamilton were among the players who were released and resigned for unclear reasons, but local beat writers speculate that this was to redo the free agent’s bonus structures.
One prospect that made the list is pitcher Tyler Cyr, who spent most of 2019 in Double-A. The 27-year old reliever did impress a little during spring training workouts, though he gave up four earned runs in 2.2 innings in camp.
There were some notable names that did not make the list. Power hitter Chris Shaw, hard-throwing reliever Melvin Adon, and reliever Jandel Gustave all were not on the 60-Man pool, but may be invited later.
The Giants have only 31 players currently on the 40-Man roster. The Giants cleared up a couple of spots by putting Tyler Beede on the 45-Day Injured List and outrighting Enderson Franco to the minors. The extra room will allow the Giants to add players who are Non-Roster Invites to the 40-Man without needing cuts. The Giants currently have just one catcher on the 40-man roster, Buster Posey, but will likely add at least two more, with Tyler Heineman and top prospect Joey Bart as options, alongside Rob Brantly. Chadwick Tromp, a catcher the Giants signed as a minor league free agent with a Spring Training invitation, did not appear on the Giants’ Pool.
Camp begins on Friday, July 3rd.