Giants ink two players to minor league deals

The San Francisco Giants added another pitcher on a minor league deal. Sacramento native Sam Long will join the Rivercats after playing high school baseball locally at Del Campo as well as collegiate ball at Sacramento State. He posted a 3.26 ERA in 48 games which included 43 starts in 270 1/3 innings and totaled 181 strikeouts. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2016 MLB amateur draft in the 18th round.

The 25-year-old left-hander appeared in 61 games while in the Rays organization and made 18 starts. Long was 10-6 with a 2.95 ERA over 3 seasons with 176 strikeouts against 648 batters in that span. He was released in the Spring of 2019 and signed with the Chicago White Sox but only spent one season in their A level of the organization. He was 8-5 with 112 strikeouts in 30 games (15 starts) with a 3.06 ERA.

Long elected free agency a couple of weeks ago and then signed with the Giants yesterday. He joins Silvino Brancho on the roster who signed a minor league pact a week ago with the club.

The Giants also signed Jason Krizan to a minor league deal to give the club depth. He was drafted by the Tigers in the 8th round of the 2011 MLB June amateur draft and spent 8 seasons in their farm system. He had his best season in 2014 while with the Tigers AA Erie Seawolves, he hit .293 with 7 home runs and drove in 56 RBIs along with 31 doubles and 2 triples. The 31-year-old Dallas Baptist alum has also seen playing time in the Dominican Winter League in which he spent 2 seasons. Collectively, he hit .266 with 2 home runs and 16 RBIs in 187 plate appearances for the Estrellas de Oriente.

Krizan tested the free agency market and the New York Mets picked him up on a minor league deal in 2019. While in the Mets organization, he saw time at their AA level before bumping up to AAA Syracuse. During both stints, he hit .275 with 14 homers and drove in 65 runs striking out only 45 times. Fun fact, during the 2019 season while in AA he appeared in 3 games off the mound. Krizan struck out just 1 batter in 2 1/3 innings of work and allowed 6 runs off 9 hits in that span. He has seen time in the field at pretty much every position except catcher and shortstop but carries the majority of time in left field. He has only 11 errors with a .987 fielding percentage along with 32 assists and 819 putouts in 463 total games.

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