On Friday, November 20th, the Giants designated three players for assignment as they added others to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. All three have now been claimed by other teams on waivers, and will no longer be in the Giants system.
The Baltimore Orioles claimed infielder/outfielder Chris Shaw. The Texas Rangers claimed catcher Aramis Garcia. The Cleveland Indians claimed Jordan Humphreys.
Chris Shaw, 27, was a supplemental first round pick by the Giants in the 2015 draft, picked number 31 overall. Shaw came up as a first baseman, but also played in left field. With power being his primary tool, he hit 109 over five seasons in the minors, posting a .279/.340/.520 batting line. But he could not establish himself in the Majors, batting .185/.274/.278 in 22 games in his debut 2018 season, and batting .056/.150/.056 across 16 games in 2019. He did not appear in 2020, and was not even on the initial list of players invited to the Giants 60-man player pool, although he later was added to it. With Baltimore, he has the added advantage of having the potential of being a designated hitter.
Aramis Garcia, 27, was the Giants’ second round pick in the 2014 draft. He made his major league debut in 2018, batting .286/.308/.492 in 19 major league games, but struggled in his 2019 appearances, batting .143/.217/.310 in 18 games. Over his career he had a .258/.322/.430 batting line in the minors, and hit .271/.343/.488 in Triple-A Sacramento in 2019. He was injured in winter ball in 2019, tearing the labrum in his hip, and missed 2020. The Rangers have Jose Trevino as their likely starter for 2021, and top prospect Sam Huff on his way, making his debut in 2020 but not guaranteed to start 2021 in the majors. Garcia will have the opportunity to be in that mix if his recovery from his hip has gone well.
Jordan Humphreys, 24, was received from the New York Mets for Billy Hamilton in the August 2020 trade. Humphreys has only made two appearances since 2017, pitching a total of two innings for the Mets Gulf Coast League team in 2019, as he rehabbed from injuries. He had a 1.55 ERA in 11 starts for Columbia in the Low-A South Atlantic League in 2019, though he had a 4.91 ERA in High-A St. Lucie after promotion that same year. He only threw 80.2 innings total that season. He never made an appearance with the Giants.