On Tuesday, many noteworthy Giants' minor leaguers were let go from the organization in what will likely be some of the last cuts made before minor league team rosters are finalized. Stanford product Brian Ragira, a 4th-round selection from the 2013 draft, has to be the most surprising of the bunch. He began the 2014 campaign with the Advanced-A San Jose Giants, where he clubbed 20 home runs alongside a modest 82 RBIs and .444 slugging percentage.
The issue for Ragira has always been his concerning strikeout rate, such as his 25% clip during that same year. They barely declined in 2015 (24.8%) while his power number dipped dramatically as he finished the season slugging just .391.
Another notable release was tall lefty Jack Snodgrass, who has started 51 games for the Richmond Flying Squirrels dating back to the beginning of 2013. The 28-year-old finally reached Triple-A last season when he joined the River Cats in early June, where he compiled a 4.84 ERA with high walk rates in eight appearances. Snodgrass was known for his almost-plus changeup, and had his best years in 2013 and 2014 when he pitched more than 130 innings and maintained a sub-four ERA during both seasons. This past winter, Snodgrass pitched in the Venezuelan League and struggled with both command and missing the bat. In 8.2 innings, the former Austin Peay State player allowed eight walks and 14 hits.
The remaining releases are made up of outfielder Shilo McCall (9th round, 2012), first baseman Scott Price (undrafted, 2014), right-hander Eury Sanchez (signed in 2012), and third baseman Will Callaway (37th round, 2013).
For a complete list of Giants' moves, see the Minor League Transactions page.
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