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SF Giants: First Roster Moves of Spring Training

The SF Giants have made their first round of cuts this spring

The SF Giants have announced the following moves:

C.J. Hinojosa reassigned to minor league camp. Number 15 prospect according to Baseball America. Went 1-for-6 in limited spring action with the one hit being a double that scored both Steven Duggar and Orlando Calixte. The hit came off of MLB veteran Anthony Swarzak. Hinojosa spent his 2016 season split between San Jose and Richmond, and will likely see a return to the Flying Squirrels (Double-A) to begin the 2017 season. 

Juniel Querecuto reassigned to minor league camp. Made his big league debut in 2016 with the Tampa Bay Rays and signed with the Giants as a free agent in November. Querecuto went 2-for-6 in his opportunities this spring. He is likely headed to Sacramento to begin the season. 

Carlos Alvarado reassigned to minor league camp. Alvarado made one appearance this spring, allowing three runs (two earned) in 2/3 of an inning. He has ended both the 2014 and 2016 seasons with the Flying Squirrels. The 27 year old right-hander held a 2.79 ERA across 19 1/3 innings with Richmond last season. 

Andrew Suarez reassigned to minor league camp. Suarez is ranked number 5 on Baseball America's prospect list. He totaled 1 2/3 innings this spring in two appearances, giving up a total of three earned, largely due to a lack of control. He walked five in that span, leading to a 5.00 WHIP in his brief time on the mound. Suarez could start the season in Double-A for some extra seasoning, but if the Giants want to push him along, there wouldn't be much harm in having him start in Sacramento either. Last season he held a solid 1.9 BB/9 rate, so the control issues are likely just some jitters.

Ray Black optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Everyone's favorite fireballer is getting a promotion to begin the season. He tossed one scoreless inning this spring, striking out one. With a promotion to Sacramento, it'll be interesting to see how the coaching staff handles Black. He has yet to appear in back-to-back games and hasn't topped 36 innings in a single season just yet. He held a K/9 rate of 15.2 last season with Richmond, but also walked an average of 9.2 per nine. For his career, Black hold a 17.2 K/9 rate and a 7.2 BB/9 rate. If he can stay healthy and cut down on the walks, watch out. 

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