Quick Thoughts on the Sergio Romo Re-signing

Sergio-Romo-Giants-paradeThe Giants made an under-the-radar, yet important move as they re-signed RP Sergio Romo to a 2-year, $15 million deal.  The deal is good for both Romo, who will be one of the highest paid set-up men in the Majors, and the Giants, who will only have to commit 2 years to Romo in a time where relievers are regularly signing risky 3 and 4 year deals.  

Despite coming off of a season in which he posted his worst ERA (3.72) since 2009, Romo still posted the 10th best WHIP (0.94) in the NL.  Romo’s ERA ballooned in part to him losing feel of his slider for a couple months, resulting in him giving up a career-high 9 home runs.  The Giants are banking on that being a fluke and have good reason to believe that Romo’s contract will pan out to be a good one for them. Romo posted a stellar 1.80 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in the second half of 2014 (20.0 innings), and continued that success in the playoffs with a 1.29 ERA and 0.86 WHIP (7.0 innings).  Other key factors are that Romo is a fan-favorite, he has closer experience should something happen to Casilla, and is playoff tested (playoff career: 2.11 ERA and 0.84 WHIP).  

CRAZY STAT:  Romo has the best WHIP (0.92) in MLB history among relief pitchers with 400+ career appearances.  

 

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Side-By-Sides of the Giants World Series Rosters

SF_THROPHIES_RINGOLSBY_1280_110114_c1nqxxtu_ec3k9ppk2010   (Beat Texas in 5)               2012   (Beat Detroit in 4)          2014 (Beat KC in 7)

PITCHING STAFF

STARTING PITCHERS:

Madison Bumgarner                    Madison Bumgarner               Madison Bumgarner 

Matt Cain                                       Matt Cain                                  Tim Hudson

Tim Lincecum                               Ryan Vogelsong                      Jake Peavy

Jonathan Sanchez                       Barry Zito                                  Ryan Vogelsong

BULLPEN:

Jeremy Affeldt                              Jeremy Affeldt                          Jeremy Affeldt

Santiago Casilla                           Santiago Casilla                       Santiago Casilla (Cl)

Javier Lopez                                 George Kontos                         Tim Lincecum

Guillermo Mota                            Tim Lincecum                            Javier Lopez

Ramon Ramirez                           Javier Lopez                              Jean Machi

Sergio Romo                                Jose Mijares                               Yusmeiro Petit

Brian Wilson (Cl)                         Guillermo Mota                          Sergio Romo

                                                       Sergio Romo (Cl)                      Hunter Strickland

                                                       

POSITION PLAYERS

STARTING LINE-UPS IN CLINCHING GAME:

1) Andres Torres RF                    Angel Pagan CF                     Gregor Blanco CF

2) Freddy Sanchez 2B                 Marco Scutaro 2B                   Joe Panik 2B

3) Buster Posey C                        Pablo Sandoval 3B                 Buster Posey C

4) Cody Ross LF                           Buster Posey C                      Pablo Sandoval 3B

5) Juan Uribe 3B                           Hunter Pence RF                    Hunter Pence RF

6) Aubrey Huff 1B                         Brandon Belt 1B                     Brandon Belt 1B

7) Pat Burrell DH                           Gregor Blanco LF                  Michael Morse DH

8) Edgar Renteria SS                    Ryan Theriot DH                    Brandon Crawford SS

9) Aaron Rowand CF                    Brandon Crawford SS          Juan Perez LF

BENCH:                                                  

Mike Fontenot INF                          Juaquin Arias INF                Juaquin Arias INF

Travis Ishikawa  1B                        Aubrey Huff 1B                     Matt Duffy INF

Pablo Sandoval 3B                        Xaiver Nady LF                      Travis Ishikawa 1B/LF

Nate Schierholtz RF                      Hector Sanchez C                 Andrew Susac C

Eli Whiteside C

* ORANGE indicates a player was on all 3 World Series Rosters

* CREAM indicates a player was on 2 World Series Rosters

* GREY indicates a player was on 1 World Series Roster

Giants Hot Corner Presents: 2014 Mid-Year Giants Top Prospects List

Here is my list of the Giants top prospects (must still have rookie status) based on who has the highest ceiling:

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1) TYLER BEEDE, Age 21 – RHP, AZL Giants (Rookie)

Ceiling:  #1/#2 Starter 

Estimated Time of Arrival: 2016

2)  KYLE CRICK, Age 21 – RHP, Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)

Ceiling:  #2 Starter (or Closer)

Estimated Time of Arrival: 2015

3)  ANDREW SUSAC, Age 24 – C, San Francisco Giants (MLB)

Ceiling:  Starting Catcher (league average)

ETA: 2014

4) ADALBERTO MEJIA, Age 21 – LHP, Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)

Ceiling:  #3/4 Starter

ETA: 2015

5)  KEURY MELLA, Age 20- RHP, Augusta Green Jackets (A-)

Ceiling:  #4 Starter

ETA: 2017

6)  CHRIS STRATTON, Age 23 – RHP, Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)

Ceiling: #4 Starter

ETA: 2015

7)  CHRISTIAN ARROYO, Age 19 – SS, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (A Short)

Ceiling:  Starting SS (solid bat, weak glove) or Starting 3B (solid glove, weak bat)

ETA:  2017

8)  CLAYTON BLACKBURN, Age 21 – RHP, Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)

Ceiling:  #3/4 Starter with plus command

ETA: 2016

9) ARAMIS GARCIA, Age 21 – C, AZL Giants (Rookie)

Ceiling:  Starting Catcher

ETA: 2017

10)  TY BLACH, Age 23 – LHP, Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)

Ceiling:  #4/5 Starter

ETA: 2015

11) LUIS YSLA, Age 22 – LHP, Augusta Green Jackets (A-)

Ceiling:  #4 Starter

ETA: 2016

12)  MARTIN AGOSTA, Age 23 – RHP, San Jose Giants (A+)

Ceiling:  #4 Starter

ETA: 2016

13)  MAC WILLIAMSON, Age 24 – RF, San Jose Giants (A+)

Ceiling: Average everyday RF with good power

ETA: 2015

14)  JOE PANIK, Age 23 – 2B, San Francisco Giants (MLB)

Ceiling:  Utility guy

ETA: 2014

15) MATT DUFFY, Age 23 – SS, San Francisco Giants (MLB)

Ceiling:  Utility guy

ETA: 2014

16)  GARY BROWN, Age 25 – CF, Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

Ceiling:  4th/5th OF

ETA: 2014 (Sept)

17) STEVEN OKERT, Age 23 – LHP, Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)

Ceiling:  Set-up man

ETA: 2015

18) RYDER JONES, Age 20 – 3B, Augusta Green Jackets (A-)

Ceiling:  Slightly below league average 3B

ETA: 2017

19) KENDRY FLORES, Age 22 – RHP, San Jose Giants (A+)

Ceiling:  #5 Starter/Long Relief

ETA: 2016

20) RAY BLACK, Age 24 – RHP, Augusta Green Jackets (A-)

Ceiling:  Set-up man, or closer with improved control (throws 102 MPH!)

ETA: 2016

JUST MISSED: Joan Gregorio RHP (A-), Cody Hall RHP (AA), Derek Law RHP (AA)

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