Farhan Zaidi’s first trade deadline with the Giants proved to be his most hectic day on the job.
The first-year president of baseball operations executed five different deadline deals, acquiring eight players including six prospects who will begin their careers with the Giants in the minor leagues.
The Giants subtracted three veteran relievers – Sam Dyson, Mark Melancon and Drew Pomeranz – off their 25-man roster roster in trades, but they weren’t a true “seller” as they kept ace Madison Bumgarner and acquired 2018 All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett.
Gennett joined the Giants on Friday in Denver and went 1 for 4 with a double in at 5-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies. The left-handed hitting infielder was the only player acquired Wednesday to immediately report to the major league club, but Zaidi indicated Gennett isn’t the lone trade acquisition who could help the team this season.
Here’s a look at each of the minor league prospects the Giants added Wednesday and an analysis of when fans might see them at the big league level:
Mauricio Dubon, shortstop – Acquired in the deal that sent Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black to the Milwaukee Brewers, Dubon is likely the most major-league ready of any of the prospects the Giants added Wednesday. The 25-year-old middle infielder is a good athlete with the ability to play shortstop, second base and in the outfield and at a minimum, the Giants view him as a solid super utility option.
The addition of Gennett means fans may not see Dubon this season, but if any infielders suffer an injury, he could be called upon to come up and earn significant playing time. The former Capital Christian star already reported to Triple-A Sacramento and, entering Saturday, is 2 for 9 with two walks and two runs scored in three games for the River Cats.
Jaylin Davis, outfielder – A power-hitting corner outfielder who hits from the right side, Davis is another player with the potential to contribute right away. He has reported to Sacramento, where the Giants will evaluate how he fares in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Davis make his major league debut within the month. In his first game with the River Cats, Davis went 3 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs during Friday’s 4-3 road win over the Round Rock Express.
Across two levels in the Twins’ organization this season, Davis hit 25 home runs and posted a .954 OPS. His strikeout rate is still too high, but the power is a tool the Giants might not be able to wait on.
Joseph McCarthy, outfielder – Another outfielder who has reported to the River Cats, McCarthy was suffering through a rough 2019 season in the Rays organization before the Giants acquired him in a minor league deal.
Despite hitting just .192 in 43 games for Triple-A Durham this season, the Giants are intrigued with McCarthy because he’s always had solid contact skills and up until this season, he was climbing the minor league ladder at an impressive rate. McCarthy may need a solid start to the 2020 season to earn his first call-up, but the Rays are facing a 40-man roster crunch in the offseason and the Giants aren’t so they felt it was worthwhile to take a look at the Virginia product.
If the Giants needed a left-handed hitting corner outfielder to call up this season, Chris Shaw deserves a look before McCarthy.
Tristan Beck, pitcher – Once a highly-touted prospect who was believed to have first-round potential, Beck opted to go to college and pitched at Stanford before being drafted in the fourth round in 2018 by the Braves. Former Braves scouting director Brian Bridges clearly had a hand in the organization’s pursuit of Beck as he joined the Giants as a national scouting cross checker this spring.
Beck has dealt with injuries in college and the pros, but he’ll likely have the chance to finish the season at High-A San Jose and could find himself on the fast track next season if he gets healthy and reaches his potential.
Beck is still viewed as a starter, but a 2021 call-up as starter or reliever is possible depending on his health and evolution as a pitcher.
Kai-Wei Teng, pitcher – After the Giants traded Dyson to the Twins, Zaidi praised scouting director Zack Minasian for leading the efforts to take a thorough look at Minnesota’s strong farm system and determine which players have major league potential. Teng is only 20, but the Taiwanese right-hander has been tough on hitters in each of his first two pro seasons.
Teng will likely join the Low-A Augusta squad as it chases a division title, which would mean he’s probably at least two-to-three years away from reaching the majors.
Prelander Berroa, pitcher – Another right-handed pitcher acquired in the Dyson trade, Berroa is the youngest prospect the Giants added and the one with the longest road ahead of him. FanGraphs compared Berroa to major league veteran Fernando Rodney earlier this spring, and despite starting the majority of the pro games he’s appeared in, Berroa’s best bet to make the majors might be as a reliever.
Berroa will likely join the Giants’ rookie ball club up in Salem-Keizer, giving him an opportunity to help the club compete for a Northwest League title. It’s hard to say what the timeframe on a pitcher like Berroa might be, but Giants fans shouldn’t expect him in the majors before 2022.
▪ Note – On Thursday, the Giants designated reliever Dan Winkler for assignment. Winkler was acquired in the trade that sent Melancon to the Atlanta Braves, but he was likely included in the deal so Atlanta could clear a 40-man roster spot for Melancon.