The San Francisco Giants are already famous for having an outfield of brothers with the Alous in 1963. Now, the team has set the stage for another brother act.
The Giants claimed struggling Seattle Mariners outfielder Braden Bishop off of waivers. Braden is the brother of one of the Giants’ top prospects, Hunter Bishop, who they took in the first round of the 2019 draft, although any potential of them sharing the same outfield won’t be anytime soon.
Braden, 27, was a 3rd round pick by the Mariners in the 2015 draft. He made his MLB debut in 2019, but has struggled playing in scattered games over the past three seasons, batting .133/.188/.156 with two doubles and a stolen base. He’s done well in Triple-A, putting up an .820 OPS in Tacoma, but the Mariners only gave him 47 games between 2019 and a few in 2021, which is the same number of MLB games he’s played.
Bishop still has one year of options left, so he’s likely to start his Giants career in the outfield in Sacramento at Triple-A. The team moved pitcher Reyes Moronta to the 60-Day Injured List to make room on the roster.
Hunter Bishop started the season in High-A Eugene, but has been sidelined since the first week of the season with reported shoulder pain. When he’ll return to the field is unknown.
Both Bishop brothers are Bay Area natives. Braden went to St. Francis High School in Mountain View before going to college at the University of Washington. Hunter went to Serra High School in San Mateo, and then played at Arizona State University.
While the move will please some fans due to the family connections, it does raise some interesting roster questions. The team now has seven active outfielders on the 25-man roster (though two, Mauricio Dubon and Darin Ruf, also play in the infield), and 11 outfielders on the 40-man roster. Meanwhile, the team’s bullpen has been going through some serious troubles, and the team has only three healthy pitchers in the minors on the 40-man roster, one of which (Gregory Santos) struggled mightily in the Majors, another of which (Kervin Castro) had only played at Short-A level baseball before this year and has been struggling in Triple-A. The team will soon need to make room for Tyler Beede to come off the 60-Day Injured List, as he is currently rehabbing in Sacramento, and may need to make other moves to add other pitchers to help the team.