Giants to promote Jonathan Sanchez

Reports indicate that fast rising prospect Jonathan Sanchez will join the Giants on Friday, making his major league debut after skipping Triple-A altogether, and spending less than 2 months in Double-A. The Giants will also call up first baseman Travis Ishikawa, and acquired minor leaguer Juan Melo from the Colorado Rockies.

Reports indicate that the Giants are calling up Double-A pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for his major league debut on Friday, May 26.  Sanchez, who pitched in Low-A Augusta for the regular 2005 season and played with the High-A San Jose Giants in the postseason, was pushed to Double-A Connecticut for the 2006 season.  He began the season as a starter, making 3 very good starts with a 0.55 ERA before being switched to the bullpen.  In his first bullpen appearance, Sanchez gave up 3 runs on 2 hits, a walk and a hit batsman, but has calmed down since.  On the season overall, he has a 1.15 ERA with a 2-1 record in 3 starts and 10 relief appearances, and has given up 4 earned runs in 31.1 innings with 46 strikeouts and 9 walks.

Reportedly, the Giants will also call up first baseman Travis Ishikawa, who made his major league debut earlier this year.  Ishikawa only got 2 at bats in 2 appearances in the majors, getting 1 hit in them.  He injured his foot in his first game back in the minors after returning and missed a couple of weeks.  Overall on the year, he’s batting .256/.320/.410 with 31 strikeouts and 11 walks in 117 at bats.

The Giants made one other move, acquiring minor league infielder Juan Melo, who turned 30 earlier this month.  Melo made his major league debut, and only major league appearance, in 2000 with the Giants, going 1 for 11.  The year before that, he was shuffled between 6 major league teams, having been traded by the San Diego Padres to the Toronto Blue Jays midseason.  After the season, he was traded from the Blue Jays to the Cincinnati Reds, who released him.  He then signed with the New York Yankees, who traded him in  spring training to the Giants for Wilson Delgado.

Melo had been with the Rockies organization this year, playing for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, batting .211/.252/.330 with 3 home runs in 109 at bats.

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