Susac, Panik Among San Francisco Giants' Spring Training Non-Roster Invitees
According to Comcast SportsNet’s Amy Gutierrez, Sacramento native Andrew Susac is one of 25 players who received a non-roster invitation by the Giants to attend spring training in February, next month.
The full list includes:
Jake Dunning, Justin Fitzgerald, Austin Fleet, Stephen Harrold, Heath Hembree, Andrew Kown, Mitch Lively, Shane Loux, Jean Machi, Seth Rosin and Shawn Sanford.
It also includes southpaws:
Brian Burres, David Quinowski, Wilmin Rodriguez and Matt Yourkin.
Tommy Joseph, Jackson Williams and Susac.
Joaquin Arias, Chris Dominguez, Nick Noonan and Joe Panik.
That's not to mention outfielders Gregor Blanco, Gary Brown and Juan Perez.
Making their first appearances in big league camp are: Susac, Panik, Fitzgerald, Fleet, Harrold, Hembree, Lively, Quinowski, Rosin, Sanford and Dunning.
Most of these guys won’t get much—if any—playing time. They’re there to soak it in, get a feel for what it’s like to work out with the big boys.
Others—like Brown, Hembree, Joseph, Burres and Blanco—will indeed get long looks.
No, I’m not saying Joseph will be in the bigs this year. The team has got to be thinking about long-term solutions in case Buster Posey needs to think about changing positions. Why not throw Tommy out there with Timmy and see what it looks and feels like?
Last year, the Giants extended an invitation to Ryan Vogelsong, who hadn’t pitched in the majors in five years. And we all know how that turned out.
Of course, all players on the Giants’ 40-man roster (including Angel Villalona) will also be in camp.
Check out this article at sfgiants.com, which gives a nice little capsule on each player.
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