Giants' Tanner Movin' On Up
Lefthander may see major league time in the bullpen
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.—Clayton Tanner might have been the only member of the Giants organization who didn't enjoy cruising down Market Street in November.
Tanner, a 23-year-old lefthander, celebrated along with everyone else when he watched the Giants stage their first World Series victory parade in the club's 53 seasons in San Francisco. But his vehicle wasn't a parade float. It was a 12-foot delivery truck, which he drove in his offseason job for a kitchen remodeling company. And few streets are trickier to navigate than the city's main thoroughfare.
"No left turns," Tanner said. "I pretty much stayed away from there if I could."
Tanner, who grew up in nearby Walnut Creek, is hoping to inch closer to AT&T Park this season. He spent three seaons in A-ball, including two at nearby high Class A San Jose. He rebounded from a rough start last year at Double-A Richmond to finish with a respectable 3.68 ERA in 149 innings. Although his 79-64 strikeout-walk ratio was unimpressive, he is confident that his arsenal will keep Triple-A hitters off balance.
"My sinker was running out of the zone and I gave up a lot of home runs with my four-seamer," Tanner said. "But now I'm able to get more sink on the two-seamer, and I always have confidence in my changeup."
Because Tanner is on the 40-man roster, a strong start in the Pacific Coast League could establish him as a top candidate to be promoted should the Giants need to replace a starter. With 567 career innings in the minors (and a 45-33, 3.53 career line), he's among the Giants' most experienced farmhands.
• Shortstop prospect Ehire Adrianza is the godson of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. Guillen sent over a box of bats for Adrianza when the White Sox visited Scottsdale Stadium for an exhibition game.
• Infielder Emmanuel Burriss recorded the best vertical jump in major league camp, leaping 37 inches. Outfielder Darren Ford, who leapt 36 inches, demanded a do-over, saying he didn't stretch first.