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Giants Acquire Donovan Walton, Designate Mike Ford

Giants Acquire Donovan Walton, Designate Mike Ford

The Giants have obtained infielder Donovan Walton from the Mariners in exchange for pitching prospect Prelander Berroa, according to announcements from both groups. San Francisco has specified initially baseman Mike Ford for assignment to crystal clear room on the 40-guy roster.

Walton, 28 later on this thirty day period, has appeared in the majors in each and every of the past four seasons. He’s tallied just 102 cumulative plate appearances throughout 37 online games, nevertheless, and his only MLB outing this calendar year saw him enter as a pinch-runner. A remaining-handed hitter, Walton has posted a modest .196/.260/.315 demonstrating in the majors.

The Oklahoma State products has a far more robust body of operate in the minors, wherever he’s a .287/.375/.427 hitter in areas of 6 seasons. That includes a .302/.391/.518 line in just shy of 400 outings to the plate at Triple-A, and Walton’s hitting .294/.368/.510 by means of 12 contests there this year. Potentially of best import to the Giants, he’s a flexible defender who has a ton of experienced knowledge in the middle infield. He figures to bounce all over the diamond in a utility potential for a Giants group that has dealt with injuries to both Evan Longoria and Tommy La Stella (though Longoria is making his year debut these days). Walton is in his final small league alternative calendar year, which means the Giants can shuttle him in between San Francisco and Triple-A Sacramento for the remainder of the time if he sticks on the 40-guy roster.

Walton, considerably ironically, gets the 3rd infielder the Giants have obtained from Seattle in as several months. San Francisco also picked up Kevin Padlo on April 26 and obtained Ford on April 30. The two all those discounts were for money considerations, but the M’s recoup a small league arm in trade for Walton.

Berroa, a 22-year-aged righty, originally signed with the Twins as an amateur out of the Dominican Republic. San Francisco obtained him at the 2019 trade deadline, and he’s put in the previous number of seasons in the decrease ranges of the farm procedure. Baseball America named Berroa the #29 prospect in the Giants’ procedure about the offseason, crafting that he owns a mid-higher 90s fastball and a stable slider. The outlet proposed Berroa’s handle is a do the job of progress but that he has a possibility to establish into a again-of-the-rotation starter.

More than four appearances with Superior-A Eugene this period, Berroa has worked 13 1/3 innings of just one-operate ball. He has 16 punchouts and 6 walks, a continuation of the high-strikeout, high-stroll ways he’s shown in the course of his young occupation. Berroa will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this wintertime if he’s not added to the Mariners’ 40-guy roster.

Ford, in the meantime, suited up in just just one recreation in black and orange. He gathered a single in four plate appearances and has a .271/.417/.417 line about 60 Triple-A plate appearances this period. It is the next time this yr that Ford has been selected for assignment, as a DFA preceded the aforementioned trade from Seattle to San Francisco. The Giants will have a week to trade the 29-year-outdated or attempt to run him by outright waivers.