San Jose, CA- The San Jose Giants have unveiled their roster in anticipation for the 2019 season. Former first round draft picks Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos highlight the opening day roster as San Jose embarks on their 32nd year as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants begin the 2019 season on Thursday, April 4 at Visalia before opening their home schedule on Thursday, April 11 against the Rawhide. Fans looking to get an early glimpse of the Giants can attend the San Jose vs. Sacramento River Cats exhibition game on Tuesday, April 2 at Municipal Stadium.
Bart and Ramos, regarded as the top two prospects in the San Francisco organization, headline the group of newcomers to the San Jose Giants in 2019. Bart was the second overall pick in last year's draft and is ranked the top catching prospect in baseball by MLB.com entering the 2019 season. Last summer, Bart hit .298 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI's in 45 games for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-Season) to earn Northwest League All-Star honors. Bart was a non-roster invitee to San Francisco Giants major league spring training this year.
Ramos was the 19th overall pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2017 draft. The 19-year old hit .245 with 24 doubles, eight triples and 11 home runs for Augusta (Class-A level) last season while serving as the GreenJackets' primary center fielder. Ramos also played in the Futures Game last summer as part of Major League Baseball's All-Star festivities.
Shortstop Manuel Geraldo and second baseman Kyle McPherson also join San Jose after receiving All-Star recognition last season. Geraldo led Augusta with a .294 batting average last year to go with nine home runs and 24 stolen bases. McPherson hit .314 with Salem-Keizer and led the Northwest League in hits. Third baseman David Villar clubbed 22 doubles and 13 home runs in 56 games for the Volcanoes last season. His 35 extra-base hits led the Northwest League. First baseman Ryan Kirby led Augusta in doubles (32) and home runs (14) last year after winning the Northwest League MVP award with Salem-Keizer in 2017.
Other newcomers to the Giants roster include pitchers Garrett Cave , Camilo Doval , Jose Marte , Olbis Parra , Aaron Phillips and Trent Toplikar , infielder Orlando Garcia and outfielders Jean Angomas , Logan Baldwin and Malique Ziegler . Doval led Augusta with 11 saves last season while Baldwin was an MiLB Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner last year as the GreenJackets right fielder.
Returnees to the San Jose Giants this season include 2018 pitching leaders DJ Myers, Frank Rubio, Carlos Sano, and Raffi Vizcaino and outfielder Bryce Johnson . Myers led last year's San Jose staff in wins (6) and strikeouts (94) while Rubio was tops on the club with nine saves. Sano emerged as one of the top starters on the staff in the second half and Vizcaino's 85 strikeouts was second on the Giants. Johnson ranked fourth in the California League with 31 stolen bases last season while also earning a Rawlings Gold Glove award. San Jose natives John Gavin and John Riley also return to the South Bay. Gavin was a midseason South Atlantic League All-Star last year before making six starts on the mound with the Giants late in the season. He posted a 2.08 ERA in 20 starts with Augusta in 2018. Riley saw action in 14 games with the Giants last season.
Catcher Chris Corbett and pitchers Caleb Baragar , Joey Marciano and John Russell round out the list of returning players to the Giants this season.
Bill Hayes will serve as San Jose's manager during the 2019 season. Hayes previously managed San Jose in 2002 before a 15-year stint on San Francisco's coaching staff.
The San Jose Giants 2019 home-opener is Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Municipal Stadium versus the Visalia Rawhide. Single game tickets, ticket packages and season tickets are all on sale now! For more information, visit sjgiants.com or call 408.297.1435.
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