“I had some quick text exchanges with him today. If he keeps trending in the right direction, he can make an impact for us at some point.”. Tony Watson, Trevor Gott and Wandy Peralta are the most seasoned members of the relief corps, with Gott converting each of the Giants’ first three save opportunities. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group), San Francisco Giants closing pitcher Reyes Moronta (54) follows throw his last pitch of the game as Miami Marlins' J.B. Shuck (3) strikes out swinging in the ninth inning of a MLB game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. All Access Digital offer for just 99 cents! Moronta’s fastball averages 96.6 miles per hour while his slider is whiffed at 19.8 percent of the time he throws it. San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Reyes Moronta (54) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during an MLB game at Oracle Park on Friday, June 7, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle 2019, Astros pitcher Zack Greinke oddly flashed a sign before A’s Ramón Laureano’s homer, Astros’ elimination of A’s keeps Dusty Baker’s championship hopes alive, Astros’ Jose Altuve waited for A’s series to produce like old, S.F. Giants hoping Reyes Moronta, Jeff Samardzija can make impact in playoff push. He last batted Sept. 6, going 2-for-4 as the designated hitter. The Giants moved a step closer to getting one of their key bullpen arms back on Friday. Moronta knew of the San Francisco Giants, but was unaware the Giants operated a team in the Dominican Summer League. Manager Gabe Kapler said Moronta is set to begin a throwing program, stoking optimism that the 27-year-old right-hander could be ready to return to the Majors before the end of the regular season. At that time, I didn’t even know the Giants existed.”. San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley (5) and closer Reyes Moronta (54) celebrate their 6-5 win after Miami Marlins' J.B. Shuck (3) struck out swinging in … Slater, hitting .328 in 22 games, last appeared Sept. 8 as a pinch-runner. Nine years later, Moronta is a burly rookie seizing a major league opportunity and forcing the Giants to consider him for their highest-pressure situations. One of the most impactful moments for the 2020 Giants actually came August 31, 2019. Within the last month, Bochy has called on of his most versatile late-innings weapons to pitch in the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 11th inning of games. Giants can thank Mother Nature for landing…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Three dead in separate shooting, stabbing overnight in San Jose, Giants can thank Mother Nature for landing potential closer of the future. Giants need starting pitching to make playoffs, so how will they acquire it? A dominant stretch at the beginning of the year helped Moronta solidify his status as a bullpen mainstay, as he allowed just three hits over his first 12 innings of work. The Giants moved a step closer to getting one of their key bullpen arms back on Friday. “We’re actively pushing toward that so he becomes an option for us. For anybody to be able to come out of it and get back to the big leagues, it’s an impressive feat.”. Manager Gabe Kapler said Moronta is set to begin. Kapler added that catchers Joey Bart and Patrick Bailey have also been logging reps at first base to increase their positional flexibility, which has become a point of emphasis under president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi. He’s got great deception, velocity, movement, I mean everything.”. The pair’s departure left three players on the taxi squad: left-hander Andrew Suárez, right-hander Dereck Rodríguez and catcher Chris Herrmann. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle. Moronta, 17, was awaiting a tryout with the Chicago Cubs and desperate to show his talents off in front of professional scouts. John Shea covers the Giants for The San Francisco Chronicle. Moronta pitched the 11th Sunday against San Diego, allowing a leadoff walk that led to a go-ahead run. “The rest of this group, they’re trying to establish themselves as Major League pitchers,” Kapler said. • Outfielder Steven Duggar and right-hander Andrew Triggs, who were on the Giants’ five-man taxi squad, were sent back to Sacramento in separate cars on Friday. A $15,000 bonus wasn’t what Francisco had in mind. San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley (5) and closer Reyes Moronta (54) celebrate their 6-5 win after Miami Marlins' J.B. Shuck (3) struck out swinging in the ninth inning of a MLB game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. He comes in with traffic, gets it done. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Sam Coonrod (right lat strain) also resumed throwing. I admire this kid.”, Get Morning Report and other email newsletters. Still, with closer Hunter Strickland sidelined for the next five-to-seven weeks with a fractured hand and Bochy hoping to reduce the workload for several veteran relievers, Moronta is in line for more late-game appearances. He can go multiple innings.”. Both could be made available to help the Giants in the final days of the regular season. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. Of the five Giants with at least 30 appearances this year, Moronta is the only pitcher with fewer than four seasons of major league service time. “If something happens in the eighth, we’ve got Moronta. Then he goes in there and his stuff is incredible.”. He has been covering baseball for four decades, including 33 years in the Bay Area. • Kapler reported that outfielder Jaylin Davis, who was optioned to the alternate training site after a 2-for-12 start to the season, is showing improvements with his swing. One had been considered a future closer but hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since Aug. 31, 2019: Reyes Moronta.
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