Most baseball fans know Hunter Strickland as the rookie who kept giving up home runs in the playoffs two years ago, but the stuff was evident even then; he was just pressed into a high-leverage role before he was ready. If last year was any indication, though, that's not the case anymore. He looked every bit like the Giants' closer of the future, not only striking out about a batter per inning but turning in the third-lowest WHIP (0.86) for any reliever with at least 50 innings. Santiago Casilla kept the Giants on pins and needles last season, submitting a 1.28 WHIP while recording 38 saves, and isn't your prototypical closer, so you could see them pulling the plug on him at some point this year. Would they go back to Sergio Romo, or would they look to the future with Strickland? Both are logical handcuff options in NL-only leagues.
The Giants announced on Sunday that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Hunter Strickland from Triple-A. In a corresponding move, the Giants designated infielder Casey McGehee for assignment. Strickland, a prospect at closer, has posted a 1.66 ERA in 15 appearances with Triple-A Sacramento this season. He has five saves in 21 2/3 innings pitched. McGehee is slashing just .200/.254/.282 this season.
Pitcher Hunter Strickland will join the Giants for Saturday's doubleheader. Strickland will be called up for the day, taking advantage of MLB's "26th man rule" for the doubleheader. Strickland announced the news on Twitter. Strickland is 1-1 with five saves and a 1.66 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento this season.
The Giants optioned catcher Andrew Susac, first baseman Adam Duvall, pitcher Hunter Strickland and outfielders Gary Brown and Juan Perez to Triple-A Sacramento Sunday. Susac was the favorite to open the season as the team's No. 2 catcher behind Buster Posey, but Hector Sanchez won the competition, leaving Susac to open the season as the team's starter in Triple-A. The Giants also reassigned catcher Guillermo Quiroz, second baseman Brandon Hicks and pitchers Brett Bochy, Steven Okert and Juan Gutierrez to minor-league camp.
Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland is ready to learn from his mistakes from the tail end of his 2014 season. Starting strong once he was called up from Double-A Richmond, Strickland gave up six home runs in the postseason. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the remedy to put Strickland back on track is simple. "He needs to get a little smarter," Bochy said, per MLB.com. Strickland will be competing for a spot in the bullpen during spring training. His fastball is a strength, though it's a matter of his command improving on the mound. "The failures are what make guys better, I feel like," Strickland said. "I feel like they made me better. Just being in tune with yourself and knowing who you are and what you've got to do. In this game, you're not going to make it too far if you don't have confidence. If you don't believe in yourself, who else is going to believe in you?"
The Giants and Marlins have agreed to a deal that has sent deposed starting third baseman Casey McGehee to San Francisco, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Giants pitchers Matt Duffy and Hunter Strickland are reportedly among the possibilities to be sent to Miami.