Gerber DFA'd as Giants claim 3 new players

The San Francisco Giants have designated two players for assignment and claimed another three during Tuesday's first day of the waiver wire.

Outfielder Mike Gerber was one of the players designated for assignment. Gerber was claimed off waivers from the Tigers last season and hit .042 with 15 strikeouts and 2 walks in 24 at bats for the Giants. The 27 year old hit .308 while in AAA with 26 home runs and 83 RBIs along with 41 doubles and 1 triple. The other player designated for assignment was pitcher Ricardo Pinto, who was claimed off the Tampa Bay Rays waivers on September 6th but didn't appear in any games for the Giants or Rivercats.

San Francisco claimed pitcher Rico Garcia off the Colorado Rockies waivers this morning ahead of their other transactions. Garcia was first drafted by the Rockies in the 30th round out of Hawaii Pacific University in the 2016 June amateur draft. The 25 year old right hander appeared in 85 games for the Rockies A and AA affiliates and made 72 starts going 25-25 with a 3.75 ERA totaling 400 strikeouts in just 400.2 innings of work. He made his major league debut last season 0-1 in 2 games with 2 strikeouts and 5 walks with 7 earned runs. - The club also claimed Keon Wong from the Los Angeles Angles waivers. He is the younger brother of the Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2013 June amateur draft and made his MLB debut last season. The 24 year old second baseman hit .167 in 18 plate appearances for the Rays and Angels last season with 3 hits, 2 runs scored in only 7 games. Wong has spent 7 seasons at the minor league level while hitting .287 totaling 32 home runs and 299 RBIs along with 19 triples and 132 doubles in 3852 at bats.

Pitcher Trevor Oaks was another player claimed today by the Giants, off of the Kansas City Royals wire. Oaks was designated for assignment last week by the Royals and didn't take long to find a new home after spending all last season on the injured list after a hip surgery. He has only appeared in 4 big league games for the Royals in 2018. The 26 year old righty was 0-2  with a 7.24 ERA striking out 10 batters and allowed 6 walks. Oaks was drafted by the Dodgers in the 7th round of the 2014 amateur draft and then traded with Erick Meijia to the Royals in 2018. In return the Dodgers got Scott Alexander in return from Kansas City in a 3-team trade with the Chicago White Sox. The California Baptist University alum has spent 5 seasons in the minors collecting a 3.26 ERA and a 39-21 record in 102 games and 88 starts. Oaks has 362 strikeouts against just 116 walks in 532.1 innings of work in AAA and A+ league ball. 

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