Six games back in the NL West, the Giants made a major roster shakeup on Wednesday. Out are Aaron Rowand and Miguel Tejada. In is slugging first baseman Brett Pill.
has been tearing up the Pacific Coast League all year long. The soon-to-be 27-year-old native of San Dimas, Calif. is hitting .312/.341/.530 on the season, with 25 home runs and 107 RBI. Pill was recently named the Grizzlies' Offensive Player of the Year as well as the team's MVP for the second year in a row.
Wednesday's promotion must be especially sweet for Pill: the Giants dumped him from their 40-man roster last offseason.
In a recent profile by the Fresno Bee, Pill said the demotion fueled his breakout 2011.
Now Aaron Rowand and Miguel Tejada are the ones getting demoted. The under-performing veterans were designated for assignment after hitting .233 and .239, respectively. The cuts free up room for Pat Burrell, who was activated from the disabled list.