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11/20/2009 10:15 PM ET
Giants add four players to 40-man roster
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The San Francisco Giants have purchased the contracts of right-handed pitcher Kevin Pucetas, first baseman Brett Pill and outfielders Darren Ford and Francisco Peguero and added the four players to the club's 40-man roster, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.

With today's transactions, San Francisco now has 39 players on its 40-man roster.

Pucetas, 25, spent his first full season at triple-A in 2009, posting a 10-6 record with a 5.04 ERA (89er, 159.0ip) in 28 starts for the Fresno Grizzlies. A non-roster invitee to the Giants Major League camp this past spring, the Spartanburg, SC native has a career minor league record of 42-13 with a 3.20 ERA (178er, 500.1ip) in 94 outings (90 starts) over his first four professional seasons. Originally a 17th-round selection by San Francisco in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, the two-time minor league All-Star has garnered Pitcher of the Year awards for the South Atlantic League in 2007 and the California League in 2008. A control specialist, he has issued just 117 walks while striking out 362 batters in a combined 500.1ip during his pro career.

Pill, a 25-year-old from San Dimas, CA, had an outstanding season this year in his first campaign at the double-A level, earning post-season Eastern League All-Star honors after hitting .298 (157-for-527) with 37 doubles, 19 home runs and a league-leading 109 RBI in 139 games with the Connecticut Defenders. His RBI total was the fourth highest total in minor league baseball and second most in the Giants' organization (Roger Kieschnick - 110 with San Jose), while his hits, doubles and extra-base hits totals (57) were all third highest in the Eastern League. He was three times named league Player of the Week in 2009, while also earning Giants' Connecticut Player of the Month honors in May, June and July. The former seventh round selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal State Fullerton has a combined .271 batting avg. (472-for-1,744) with 132 doubles, 43 home runs and 300 RBI in 467 games spanning his four seasons with the Giants' organization.

Ford, 24, helped the San Jose Giants to their highest regular season win total in franchise history (93 wins) and eventually the California League Championship, as he batted .300 (114-for-380) with 81 runs scored with 17 doubles, nine triples, nine home runs, 50 RBI and a team-high 35 steals in 2009. His steal total tied for the Giants' organization-high (with Tyler Graham), while placing fourth in the Cal League. The #20 rated prospect in the Cal League by Baseball America following the season, he earned Giants' San Jose Player of the Month honors in July and August. The two-time In-Season All-Star in 2007 and 2008, he has a lifetime .270 avg. (562-for-2,085) with 84 doubles, 24 triples, 28 homers, 222 RBI and 251 stolen bases in 539 games over five professional seasons. The Vineland, NJ native came to the Giants from the Milwaukee Brewers July 20, 2008 with left-handed pitcher Steve Hammond in exchange for second baseman Ray Durham.

Peguero, a 21-year-old from Nigua, DR, split the 2009 season between single-A Augusta and short-season Salem-Keizer, batting a combined .353 (109-for-309) with 42 runs scored and 22 steals in 75 games. He was ranked by Baseball America as the eighth-best prospect in the Northwest League following the season, while he earned Giants' organization Player of the Month honors for July and August while at Augusta. Overall, the former non-drafted free agent has a .304 batting mark (337-for-1,108) with 173 runs scored, 50 doubles, 18 triples and 75 stolen bases in 300 games over his first four professional seasons.

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