The San Francisco Giants Are Raiding the Atlantic League for Talent

The Giants’ minor league teams have been pretty bad, right down the line this year.  One clear sign of the fact that the organization needs a shot of new talent is the fact that the organization has signed a couple of players out of the Independent-A Atlantic League.

When the Giants promoted former 1st round Draft Pick Chris Shaw to AAA, they needed a bat at 1B to play for the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels.  They signed 29 year old former major leaguer Jerry Sands, who had been one of the best hitters under 30 in the Atlantic League this year.

After 36 plate appearances in the Eastern League, Sands is slashing .343/.361/.514.  So far, so good.

The Giants also signed big, 27 year old lefty Jarret Martin and also sent him to AA Richmond.  He hasn’t yet been scored upon there in three relief appearances and has struck out two batters in 2.2 innings pitched.

The odds aren’t great that either Sands or Martin will play in MLB at any time in the future, but at least they are getting an opportunity to show what they’ve got in the high minors still fairly early into the 2017 season.  You never know.

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One Comment on “The San Francisco Giants Are Raiding the Atlantic League for Talent”

  1. Bill Vogel Says:

    After earning 8 wins, 3 losses on the last road trip, the Richmond Flying Squirrels lost the next 3 at home. The last was tonight. Jarrett Martin was brought in top of the 7th inning in the second home game of a 7-inning double header. Richmond was leading 3-0. He threw fastballs, 91-94 mph. He walked the first batter. The second batter grounded out, moving the lead runner to 2nd. The third batter singled, moving the lead man to third. The next batter singled, scoring the lead runner, the player who Martin walked initially. Martin was pulled from the game. The next pitcher, Collin Baluster, gave up a single, struck out the 1st batter, gave up a double to the next, and then gave up a single. Richmond gave up a 3 more runs as a result, and lost 3-4. The Squirrels returned to the basement of their division. Jerry Sands has been doing well, however. Through 11 games and 40 at-bats, he’s hitting .325 and inspiring the less-experienced players to hit better. Sands has a very smooth, balanced swing.


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