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San Francisco Giants have signed two former Oakland Athletics prospects

Two infielders return to the bay area via minor league deals with the Giants.

As reported by Baseball America, the San Francisco Giants have agreed to minor league terms with Grant Green and Kyle Blanks. This is not the first stint with a bay area team for either player as they are both former prospects from the Oakland Athletics organization.

Green, second baseman, was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round (13th overall) of the 2009 draft and signed with the team for $2,750,000. In 2013 he was traded to the Angels in exchange for Alberto Callaspo and appeared in 104 games over his three year stint in Los Angeles of Anaheim. In November, 2015, Green was granted free agency.

Once considered a number one A's prospect, Green has posted decent career numbers at the minor league level with a slash line of .309/.354/.469. He strikes out 17.3% of his plate appearances and only walks 6% of the time. His HR% in the majors was a dismal 1% and his minor league HR% is only slightly better at 2.2%. Green's defensive numbers at second are solid but far from elite which means that he'll probably only get the call as an injury replacement or a September callup but should be a solid addition for the Sacramento River Cats roster, for which he has already played during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Kyle Blanks was drafted by the Padres in the 42nd round of the 2004 draft and played throughout the Padres' system, including 234 games in the majors, until 2014 when he was traded to the A's. After the 2014 season he was granted free agency and signed with the Texas Rangers where he appeared in 18 major league games and was once again granted free agency at the conclusion of the 2015 season. 

Blanks, left field and first base, was ranked as the #50 prospect of 2008 and was rated as the best power hitter in the Padres system in 2005, 2007, and 2008. At the major league level, with 933 plate appearances over a seven year span, Blanks hit .241/.322/.416 with 33 homeruns and 111 RBI. Through 10 seasons at every level of the minor leagues, his line was a more impressive .303/.392/.518 with 102 homeruns and 431 RBI. He strikes out 20% of his plate appearances and walks 10% of the his plate appearances. Blanks appeared in seven games during the 2014 season in Sacramento.

Grant (28) and Blanks (29) are unlikely to see significant playing time with the Giants in the 2016 season unless there is a catastrophic need for their services but in the event they do get called up, their major league experience and numbers should not worry fans. Both men have played at the major league level at, at least, league average ability while Blanks has a career WAR of 4.0 in the majors. Both men are able to have an impact on the team, if called upon, and are solid minor league signings.

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