40-man roster housekeeping
Wednesday, Nov. 17 (technical difficulties prevented me from posting this until Thursday morning — apologies!)
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants performed some roster management Wednesday, adding shortstop Ehire Adrianza and outfielder Thomas Neal to the 40-man roster.
San Francisco actually has 35 players on its roster, leaving plenty of room for adding a free agent or two. Juan Uribe and Aubrey Huff, are you listening?
Adrianza, who has more range than a satellite dish, was named the high-Class A California League’s top defensive shortstop this season. He also provided speed for league champion San Jose by ranking fourth in the league with 33 steals. But Adrianza’s .256 batting average did nothing to silence the skeptics who doubt that he’ll ever hit enough to establish himself in the Major Leagues.
Promoted to Double-A Richmond, Neal didn’t match his prodigious 2009 output with San Jose (.337, 22 home runs, 90 RBIs), though he still hit a respectable .291 with 40 doubles, 12 homers and 69 RBIs. Both Neal, 23, and Adrianza, 21, gained exposure as non-roster invitees to Spring Training last year.
Here’s San Francisco’s current 40-man roster:
Pitchers (16) — Jeremy Affeldt, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Santiago Casilla, Alex Hinshaw, Waldis Joaquin, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez, Ramon Ramirez, Chris Ray, Sergio Romo, Dan Runzler, Jonathan Sanchez, Henry Sosa, Brian Wilson, Barry Zito.
Catchers (2) — Buster Posey, Eli Whiteside.
Infielders (9) — Ehire Adrianza, Emmanuel Burriss, Mike Fontenot, Conor Gillaspie, Travis Ishikawa, Brett Pill, Ryan Rohlinger, Freddy Sanchez, Pablo Sandoval.
Outfielders (8) — Mark DeRosa, Darren Ford, Thomas Neal, Francisco Peguero, Cody Ross, Aaron Rowand, Nate Schierholtz, Andres Torres.
— Chris Haft