The Rule 5 Draft is one of the most fun parts of the winter meetings, aside from all of the wheeling and dealing and constantly refreshing Twitter to see if any headway has been made by the orange and black. According to Baseball America, five players were added to the team's 40-man roster, bringing the total number of players up to the max of 40. As things currently stand, the Giants will not have a pick in the Rule 5 Draft since they have no spots open on their 40-man roster. That's the double-edged sword you play with. If you leave a player off the roster that is eligible in the draft, they could be claimed by another team, so you should only have a spot open if there is a player available that you have your eye on and you think you have a shot at them, otherwise you run the risk of losing one of your own minor leaguers.
Moronta pitched all of his innings in relief, while Johnson started seven of his 24 appearances. Slania ran into some trouble at the end of the season with Sacramento, posting an ERA of 5.25 (5.21 FIP) but continuously pounded the zone with strikes all season long. Johnson pitched the majority of 2015 in San Jose with a brief stint in Double-A Richmond, but spent the entire 2016 campaign with the Flying Squirrels and improved on his ERA quite a bit over his 2015 performance. Up until this season Johnson had made the majority of his appearances as a starting pitcher, but he transitioned to the bullpen in May and made the rest of his appearances in 2016 in that role, holding a 2.30 ERA in relief appearances which spanned 15 2/3 innings. Moronta is the most electric arm of the group, and wouldn't you know it, he's another hard-throwing Giants prospect. He has touched 100, and his K/9 rate suggests that he could move quickly following a solid campaign in full season ball.
For Miguel Gomez, 2016 marked the first season that the switch-hitter was not being used behind the dish. He played games at first, second and third in both stops he made and handled the bat well. Calixte was signed to a minor league deal a week ago after spending the first seven years of his career in the Royals organization. He can play all around the diamond and can swipe some bags, but his strikeout rate runs at roughly 20 percent. He's a nice depth option to have and could see time in the big leagues if one of a number of players goes down. An injury to Eduardo Nunez would likely be the best route to San Francisco for Calixte, and as we saw in 2016, anything is possible.
The rest of the Giants 40-man roster can be found here, with all of the regulars that we've come to expect and some names that have made cameos. Of the five players that were added on Friday, only Moronta is ranked in the team's top 30 prospects according to MLB Pipeline. He comes in at #24.null