Blackburn was added to the Giants' 40-man roster Friday, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports. The 6-foot-3 right-hander turned in a 2.85 ERA over 123 innings in the PCL last season, allowing just six home runs and 32 walks. His FIP was 70 points higher than his ERA, and his stuff simply is not good enough to generate a lot of strikeouts, but Blackburn could find himself in the running for a rotation spot if there is an injury in spring training.
The Giants announced Friday they reassigned pitcher Nik Turley, pitcher Clayton Blackburn and pitcher Ray Black to minor-league camp. Blackburn is considered the Giants' fifth-best prospect by Baseball America.
The Giants re-assigned right-handers Kyle Crick, Clayton Blackburn, Chris Heston, Jose Casilla, Sandy Rosario and Rafael Dolis, catchers Jeff Arnold and Ben Turner, outfielders Mac Williamson and Javier Herrera, left-handers Ty Blach and infielder Joe Panik to minor-league camp on Thursday.
The Giants announced Monday they extended non-roster invitations to 26 players. They were 16 pitchers, four catchers, four infielders and two outfielders. The pitchers included prospects Clayton Blackburn, Tyson Blach and Kyle Crick. The remaining non-roster pitchers include Jason Berken, Brett Bochy, Jose Casilla, Rafael Dolis, J.C. Gutierrez, Chris Heston, Derek Law, Mitch Lively, Kameron Loe, Adam Reifer, Sandy Rosario, Dan Runzler and Mason Tobin. The position players included prospects Joe Panik and Mac Williamson. The other non-roster position players include Jeff Arnold, Guillermo Quiroz, Andrew Susac, Ben Turner, Chris Dominguez, Brandon Hicks, Mark Minicozzi and Javier Herrera.
Giants starting pitcher prospect Clayton Blackburn continues to be one of the South Atlantic League's (Class A) best pitchers. The 2011 16th-round pick is 6-3 with a 2.82 ERA and .235 opponents' batting average through 16 starts for Augusta. He also has 99 strikeouts to just 13 walks in 89 1/3 innings. His best month of the season was June, when he went 4-0 with a 2.36 ERA in four starts.
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