San Francisco Giants Pitching Roster Tree In 2014: Sabean Should Not Be Overshadowed By Beane Any Longer!

Brian Sabean has been the architect behind the Giants brilliant 5 year run.  His attention to building a Pitching Staff has to be noted, with several winning draft selections, mixed with key Free Agent signings, and waiver claims.  With all of the hype surrounding the other "Bay Area" GM, it is time that this man is giving his due.

Brian Sabean has been the architect behind the Giants brilliant 5 year run. His attention to building a Pitching Staff has to be noted, with several winning draft selections, mixed with key Free Agent signings, and waiver claims. With all of the hype surrounding the other “Bay Area” GM, it is time that this man is giving his due.

How All Of The Giants Pitchers Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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With having gone through this exercise of finding out where all of the Giants Pitching Staff came from, there is a new-found appreciation for San Francisco Giants GM Brian Sabean.

While his fellow “Bay Area” counterpart Billy Beane is having books and movie’s written about him, Sabean has put forth a club that is on the verge of potentially winning its 3rd World Series Title in 5 years.

Most of the roster of hurlers was drafted by the franchise, or brought in by a nice Free Agent signing.  The franchise hasn’t lost that many players the other way for their current pitchers, so that has to be commended.

Bumgarner, Lincecum and Cain were all team draft selections, as was Vogelsong, although he came back to the team after several season away in Japan.

Jake Peavy was acquired midway through this year, when the club knew Cain would be out for the year, and that Lincecum was heading to the Bullpen.

Hudson came into the fold this season, following the lead of his former A’s teammate Barry Zito.  The deal was a smart one, as it cost the franchise nothing but money.

Even more impressive of how the roster was constructed, is how the Relief Core was put together.

Hunter Strickland was claimed off of waivers from Pittsburgh. and the club also pick-pocketed Javier Lopez from the Bucs for the talents of John Bowker and the immortal Joe Martinez.

Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, Jean Machi and Yusmeiro Petit were all brought in through Free Agency, and the club drafted Sergio Romo to round out the late innings arms.

Romo is the only member of the Relief Core that was originally drafted by the franchise.

Romo is the only member of the Relief Core that was originally drafted by the franchise.  The 31 Year Old RHP is a Free Agent after this season, and has compiled a 2.51 ERA and 0.927 WHIP in his 351.2 IP worth of work for his 7 campaigns for the Giants.  With a plethora of options to replace him going forward, the club may not have any budgetary reasons to bring back the man next year.

That is how to build a Bullpen.  Affeldt and Lopez have been consistent performers for years in setup roles, for the likes of Brian Wilson, Romo and now Casilla.

Petit is one of the most underrated swing guys in the game right now.  His dominant effort against the Nationals in Game 2 of the NLDS round, helped propel the squad to where they are today.

Lets not forget he almost has thrown a no-hitter, and he also owns the MLB record for most consecutive batters retired in history at 46 straight set this year.

San Francisco has supplemented their nice draft picks on both offense and defense in the last decade to be where they are.  Rarely has the GM made mistakes.

The only notable blemishes maybe the Zito contract (although he was a massive factor in their 2012 World Series triumph), and now having Lincecum being paid $35 MIL over the 2014 – 2015 campaigns, to not be much of a factor on the team.

Everyone is allowed one mulligan or two like this.  Bringing in Carlos Beltran for Zack Wheeler definitely may come back to continously haunt Sabean too, but it is all the price of doing business for chances to win with late season acquisitions.

Hunter Pence was a steal of a trade.  The players going back to the Phillies haven’t burned them as yet, and don’t appear to be able to in the near future either.  Not a bad transaction to help secure 2 World Series trips in 3 years with the hulky OF.  

Sabean re-signed Pence to a 5 YRs/$90 MIL pact prior to the 2014 season, which is fair value for a player that is the current ‘Ironman” in baseball, that will consistently punch out 20 HRs, add 75 RBI – and come up with clutch hits in the postseason like his Game 1 HR proved in the World Series.


For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.

It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased, It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.


The Pitchers In 2014 (Date Of Birth) (Pos) Roster Tree


Madison Bumgarner (8/1/89) SP:  Drafted by the 6/15 in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2007 amateur draft.


 Tim Hudson (4/14/75) SP:  November 18, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.  2 YRs/$23 MIL


Jake Peavy (5/31/81) SP:  July 26, 2014: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with cash to the San Francisco Giants for Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree.

Edwin Escobar (4/22/92) P:  April 1, 2010: Traded by the Texas Rangers to the San Francisco Giants for retention of Rule 5 selection.

Heath Hembree (1/13/89) P: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 5th round of the 2010 amateur draft.


 Tim Lincecum (6/15/84) SP: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2006 amateur draft.


 Matt Cain (10/1/84) SP:  Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (25th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft.


 Ryan Vogelsong (6/22/77) SP: January 11, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.


 Sergio Romo (3/4/83) RP:  Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 28th round of the 2005 amateur draft.


Jean Machi (2/1/82) RP:  February 9, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.


Jeremy Affeldt (6/6/79) RP:  November 17, 2008: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.


Yusmeiro Petit (11/22/84) P:  January 18, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.


Santiago Casilla (7/25/80) CL:  January 2, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.


Hunter Strickland (9/24/88) RP:  April 2, 2013: Selected off waivers by the San Francisco Giants from the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Javier Lopez (7/11/77 RP:  July 31, 2010: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the San Francisco Giants for John Bowker and Joe Martinez.


John Bowker (7/18/83) 1B/OF: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 3rd round of the 2004 amateur draft.


Joe Martinez (2/26/83) RP: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round of the 2005 amateur draft.


Bumgarner is the latest ace of the franchise to arrive to the organization that was drafted by the club.  While it is unlikely he will pull down a Cy Young Award with Clayton Kershaw residing in the same League, the 26 Year Old LHP is establishing himself as a premiere playoff performer.  When you add his Game 1 World Series win stats to his totals, the man has a 2.54 ERA and 0.969 WHIP, while fashioning a record of 6 - 3 in his postseason career.  Sabean had the smarts to lock him up through the 2019 season, meaning San Francisco will have considerable value for his return based on his contract.

Bumgarner is the latest ace of the franchise to arrive to the organization that was drafted by the club. While it is unlikely he will pull down a Cy Young Award with Clayton Kershaw residing in the same League, the 26 Year Old LHP is establishing himself as a premiere playoff performer. When you add his Game 1 World Series win stats to his totals, the man has a 2.54 ERA and 0.969 WHIP, while fashioning a record of 6 – 3 in his postseason career. Sabean had the smarts to lock him up through the 2019 season a few years ago for a 6 Year Deal/$36.6 MIL pact, with a couple of Club Options for $12 MIL apiece in 2018 and 2019, meaning San Francisco will have considerable value for his return based on his contract.

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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