SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In another episode of “It’s A Bummer To Have Minor-League Options,” the Giants on Tuesday demoted right-handers Tyler Beede and Ray Black to Triple-A Sacramento.
The Giants knew they would have some tough roster calls in the bullpen. Manager Bruce Bochy addressed that Monday, after a game that Beede started, saying, “We have two or three spots open. You look at the numbers and we’ve got seven or eight really good candidates. There are going to be some really difficult calls here.”
Black pitched in 26 games as a rookie last year and can throw 100 mph, but overall command and consistency with his secondary pitch have been an issue. He walked three and struck out five in 5 ⅓ Cactus League innings.
Beede took a huge leap this spring, both in stuff and outlook. His confidence level — and the team’s confidence in him — are both high. But the 2014 first-round draft pick had not been stretched out as a starter this spring, and if the Giants thought of him as a right-handed swingman, they have another in Chris Stratton, who is out of options.
Beede and Black are both likely to see big-league time sooner rather than later.
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