If you’ve wanted to see Tim Lincecum pitch but don’t live around the Bay Area, you’ll get your chance on Sunday.
The Giants announced Thursday night that Lincecum will be promoted to the big leagues to replace Russ Ortiz, who was placed on the disabled list with a sore elbow. As Baseball America correspondent Andy Baggarly explains in today’s San Jose Mercury News, the Giants called up second baseman Kevin Fransden to replace Ortiz on the roster. They’ll make another roster to move to add Lincecum to the roster before Sunday.
The callup to the majors completes a rocket-like ascent for Lincecum. He spent only 62 innings in the minors, where his final minor league statistics almost defy comprehension: 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA. He allowed 26 hits and 23 walks in 63 2/3 innings while striking out 104.
His stats this season have been even more impressive. After making the jump from high Class A San Jose to Triple-A Fresno, Lincecum allowed only one run in five starts, going 4-0, 0.29 while holding opponents to a .119 batting average. He struck out 46 batters in 31 innings while walking 11.
At the time of his promotion Lincecum was third in the minors in ERA (behind Brandon Hynick and Joe Winkelsas), tied for sixth in wins, first in strikeouts, second in strikeouts per nine innings (behind Gio Gonzalez) and second in batting average against (behind Emiliano Fruto).
If you want to know more about Tim Lincecum, here’s enough background on the righthander to keep you busy until Sunday’s start.
• Rockies prospect Ian Stewart talked about Lincecum’s stuff yesterday.
• We gave a full scouting report on Lincecum when naming him the No. 1 prospect in the Giants organization.
• The Giants said they felt they got a can’t miss arm when they drafted Lincecum.
• Lincecum was our No. 2 prospect heading into last year’s draft. And he was rated as having the best fastball and best breaking ball of the college crop.
• Lincecum sat down for a Q&A before the draft and was the subject of the weekly In the Dugout feature for another Q&A last May.
• When Lincecum returned for his junior season, Washington coach Ken Knutson described him as having Felix Hernandez’ stuff in Pedro Martinez’ body.
• He was rated as the No. 1 prospect in Washington heading into last year’s draft. He was also Washington’s No. 1 prospect in 2005, and Washington’s No. 6 prospect in 2003 when he was a high school senior. The 2003 scouting report notes that if he wasn’t 5-foot-9, 140 pounds, he’d be the state’s No. 1 prospect.