01/14/2011 6:42 PM ET
Giants announce 22 non-roster invitees to 2011 Spring Training
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The San Francisco Giants have extended non-roster invitations for Major League Spring Training to the following 22 players, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today: right-handed pitchers Casey Daigle, Waldis Joaquin, Shane Loux, Guillermo Mota, Felix Romero, Jason Stoffel and Ryan Vogelsong; left-handed pitchers Wilmin Rodriguez, Ryan Verdugo and Matt Yourkin; catchers Tommy Joseph, Hector Sanchez, Chris Stewart and Jackson Williams; infielders Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Charles Culberson, Brad Eldred and Nick Noonan; and outfielders Gary Brown, Terry Evans and Juan Perez.
Daigle, 29, will begin his 12th professional season, his first in the Giants' organization. The Lake Charles, LA native owns a 3-4 record with a 7.16 ERA in 33 big league contests while pitching for Arizona (2004, 2006) and Houston (2010). He appeared in 13 games for the Astros in 2010, allowing 13 runs in 10.1 innings.
Joaquin, 24, has appeared in the big leagues with San Francisco in each of the last two seasons (2009-10), posting a 5.87 ERA in 14 relief appearances. A native of La Vega, Dominican Republic, he made 4 relief outings with the Giants last season, allowing 6 runs in 4.2 innings. He also pitched for the clubs Arizona Rookie League squad and for triple-A Fresno, combining to go 1-2 with a 4.43 ERA (20er, 40.2ip) in 27 minor league contests (9 starts). Joaquin was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox on November 22, however, rejected the waiver claim and signed a minor league contract with the Giants in December.
Loux, 31, has appeared in parts of four Major League seasons with Detroit (2002-03) and Los Angeles-AL (2008-09), going 3-7 with a 6.14 ERA in 39 games (13 starts). He spent the 2010 campaign with triple-A Round Rock in the Astros' organization, forging a 6-12 record with a 5.25 ERA (63er, 108.0ip) in 20 games (19 starts).
Mota, a veteran of 12 big league seasons, owns a 37-42 record with 9 saves and a 3.92 ERA (329er, 755.2ip) in 665 Major League contests. The 37-year-old proved to be valuable out of the bullpen during San Francisco's run to winning the World Series last season, as he had a 1-3 record with 1 save and a 4.33 ERA (26er, 54.0ip) in 56 relief appearances. Mota has seen big league action with the Expos (1999-2001), Dodgers (2002-04, 2009), Marlins (2004-05), Indians (2006), Mets (2006-07), Brewers (2008) and Giants (2010).
Rodriguez, will make his debut at big league camp in 2011. The 25-year-old, who was signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, split time between Class A Augusta and double-A Richmond last season, going 4-4 with a 3.67 ERA (22er, 54.0ip) in 37 games (one start). Overall, he has forged a 17-14 record with a 4.07 ERA (145er, 320.2ip) in 182 games (17 starts) in seven minor league seasons.
Romero, 30, will open his 13th professional season, his third full year with the Giants organization in 2011. He split last season between double-A Richmond and triple-A Fresno, going 5-3 with a 3.62 ERA (44er, 109.1ip) in 33 games (14 starts). The Dominican native has struck out 831 batters in 811.0 innings over his minor league career. He will be in Giants' big league camp for the second straight season.
Stoffel, 22, will make his first appearance at big league camp for the Giants in 2011. The Agoura Hills, CA native spent all of last season with Class A Advanced San Jose, logging a 2-4 record with a 4.80 ERA (27er, 50.2ip) and going 25-for-29 in save opportunities. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound right-handed pitcher was San Francisco's 4th round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Verdugo, 23, will make his debut at big league camp after posting an impressive 2010 campaign by combining for an 8-1 record with a 1.87 ERA (13er, 62.2ip) in 44 games (one start) with Class A Augusta and Class A Advanced San Jose. Following the season he played for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League and went 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA (6er, 22.0ip) in 7 starts. Drafted by the Giants in the 9th round in 2008, Verdugo has fashioned a 13-1 record with a 1.75 ERA (22er, 113.0ip) in just 76 games over three minor league seasons.
Vogelsong, 33, returns to San Francisco, as he was originally the Giants' fifth round selection in the 1998 draft. He was traded by the Giants along with outfielder Armando Rios to Pittsburgh in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jason Schmidt and outfielder John Vander Wal in 2001. In six big league seasons the North Carolina native has gone 10-22 with a 5.86 ERA (205er, 315.0ip) in 120 games (33 starts). He last appeared at the big league level in 2006 with Pittsburgh. Last season he split the campaign between triple-A Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia) and triple-A Salt Lake (Los Angeles-AL), going 3-8 with a 4.81 ERA (51er, 95.1ip) in 33 games (14 starts).
Yourkin, 29, will be in big league camp for first time in his career. The Napa, CA native spent the entire 2010 season with triple-A Fresno, going 7-8 with a 4.24 ERA (64er, 136.0ip) in 29 games (24 starts).
Joseph will be the youngest player in camp at just 19 years of age. In his first professional season last year, the Scottsdale, AZ native batted .236 (103-for-436) with 22 doubles, 16 home runs and 68 RBI for Class A Augusta and was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Joseph was selected by the Giants in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Horizon High School.
Sanchez, 22, returns for his second consecutive Spring Training with the Giants as a non-roster invitee. Last year he batted .274 (85-for-310) with 5 HRs and 31 RBI in 89 games for Class A Augusta. Sanchez was signed by San Francisco in 2007 and has compiled a .300 batting avg. (226-for-753) with 52 doubles, 5 triples, 14 home runs and 134 RBI in 221 minor league games.
Stewart, 28, has seen brief time at the Major League level, hitting .188 (9-for-48) for the White Sox (2006), Rangers (2007) and Yankees (2008). He spent the entire 2010 campaign with the triple-A Portland Beavers (San Diego), batting .248 (66-for-266) with 7 home runs and 39 RBI in 85 contests. He had his contract purchased by the Padres last season when rosters expanded on Sept. 1 and appeared in two big league games.
Williams, will be in his fourth-straight big league camp with San Francisco. The 24-year-old native of Tulsa, OK batted .204 (65-for-318) with 5 home runs and 31 RBI for double-A Richmond and triple-A Fresno last season.
Belt, 22, had a spectacular professional debut last year, compiling one of the best seasons of any minor league player in 2010, batting .352 (173-for-492) with 43 doubles, 23 home runs and 112 RBI in 136 games between Class A Advanced San Jose, double-A Richmond and triple-A Fresno. He was selected to the California League All-Star team after hitting .383 (103-for-269) for San Jose. Following his first professional year, he helped Scottsdale win the Arizona League championship by hitting .372 (32-for-86) with one home run and 16 RBI in 22 games. Named a Minor League All-Star by Baseball America, Belt played one year at San Jacinto Junior College, transferred to the University of Texas and then was selected by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2009 draft.
Crawford, 24, will be in big league camp for the second time. He was sidelined for nearly eight weeks during last season after breaking his right hand and batted .236 (73-for-309) with 7 home runs and 23 RBI in limited time with double-A Richmond and Class A Advanced San Jose. He was named to the Eastern League All-Star team, but did not play. The Giants' fourth round selection in the 2008 draft is a career .266 hitter (219-for-822) with 17 home runs and 74 RBI in 222 minor league contests.
Culberson, 21, will be making his debut in big league camp. San Francisco's sandwich pick (51st selection overall) in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft hit a professional best .290 (146-for-503) with 16 home runs and 71 RBI last season while playing for Class A Advanced San Jose. Following the season he played for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League and was named a Rising Star after hitting .366 (34-for-93) in 21 games.
Eldred will enter his first season with San Francisco. The 30-year-old infielder has seen brief time at the Major League level with Pittsburgh (2005, 2007) and Colorado (2010), batting .204 (53-for-260) with 15 home runs and 33 RBI. He split last season between triple-A Colorado Springs and at the big league level with Colorado. He appeared in just 11 games with the Rockies, batting .250 (6-for-24). Eldred was drafted by the Pirates out of Florida International University in the sixth round of the 2002 draft.
Noonan, 21, spent all of last season with double-A Richmond and batted .237 (88-for-372) with 3 home runs and 26 RBI in 101 contests. The Poway, CA native owns a .268 clip (411-for-1,536) and 198 RBI over four professional seasons within the Giants' organization. He will be in his second-straight big league camp.
Brown a 22-year-old outfielder, was the Giants first selection (24th overall) of the 2010 First Year Player Draft. The outfielder played in just 12 games for the Arizona League Giants and short-season Salem-Keizer after signing his professional contract. Drafted by San Francisco out of Cal State Fullerton, Brown was named an All-American by Baseball America (2nd team), Rivals.com (1st team), Collegiate Baseball (1st team), the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (1st team) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (1st team). Named the 2010 Big West Conference Player of the Year, the speedy outfielder set the single-season school record in batting average by hitting .438 and became the first Titan to steal more than 30 bases in a season in 1994 (32 steals). His .438 batting average ranked eighth in the nation.
Evans will be making his first appearance with the Giants as a non-roster invitee. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound outfielder will be entering his 10th professional season and has produced a .274 average (984-for-3585) in 958 minor league games. The Dublin, GA native was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 47th round of the 2001 First Year Player Draft. He also played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's organization from 2006-2010.
Perez, a Bronx, NY native, put together a solid 2010 season for Class A advanced San Jose in just his second year of professional baseball. A California League All-Star, Perez batted .298 (164-for-551) with 37 doubles, 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 131 games last season. The 24-year-old outfielder was the Giants' 13th selection in the 2008 First Year Player Draft.