DENVER – When Dereck Rodríguez became a free agent during the offseason, he said he was interested in several franchises.
Although Rodríguez had never scored an inning above the Double A level, he had a power arm of fresh, largely untapped potential.
The right-handed man received a phone call from the San Francisco Giants, a pitch-less club and a franchise with a story that appealed to a player who grew up in sports. Although he had an idea with the giants, he got together with a friend who knew a little more about the way the franchise treats its players.
"I got the call from here and I talked to Pablo Sandoval) and asked her how they are doing and so," Rodríguez said. "I knew what the giants were, but I wanted it from the inside, he was here most of his career, so I asked him."
Sandoval and Rodríguez were training together in Miami during the postseason, and Sandoval was one of just two players Rodríguez knew in the Giants clubhouse when he arrived in spring training. He played against starter Andrew Suárez in high school, but that was before Rodríguez became a pitcher.
Rodríguez was drafted by the Minnesota Twins as an outfielder in 201
With a hard fastball and power curveball, Rodríguez impressed the Giants in spring training and earned a spot in the Triple-A Sacramento rotation. After a start of 3.40 ERA by nine starts, he received his first call in the big leagues and Suárez could follow on Monday in Coors Field from the Bullpen.
Rodríguez said he spent five minutes with Triple-A manager Dave phoning Brundage on Sunday night before calling his mother Maribel in Florida. When they were done, it was 3am and she was ready to book the next flight to Denver.
Almost every member of Rodríguez's direct family will attend Coors Field on Monday, but his famous father probably won. I will not see him until the Giants come home later this week.
Hall of Famer catcher Ivan Rodríguez is in Colombia, but his son Dereck recalls sitting in the solitude in Colorado, as "Pudge" against the Rockies played time with the Detroit Tigers. Dereck said he called his father after he was told to join the giant, and Ivan was more emotional than his mother.
"I talked to him, he was crying," said Dereck. "It was emotional and all that stuff, he was probably the most emotional of anyone else, my mother was just in shock, she probably will not meet her until she's here."
Congrat's son, very proud of you and welcome to the great show God bless you #prouddad felicidades hijo DTB y sabes que eres el mejor ?? ⚾️?? @ DereckrodRF3 @SFGiants @MLB pic .twitter.com / justfVHxG1
– Ivan Pudge Rodriguez May 28, 2018
Rodríguez has only published 11 walks over 50 1/3 innings of work with the Sacramento River Cats and writes his command with his ability to successfully move from a point in the outfield to the hill.
He also said a March The 21-start, which he did in Salt River Field in spring training with the Giants, contributed to his belief that he could play in the top league. Rodríguez met a Diamondbacks lineup with most of his regular starters and Rodríguez threw three innings scoreless while beating two Arizona hits.
"I finally got to see where I was," Rodríguez said. "I was excited for this start, it was the first time I met big leagues in the lineup more than once."
To create a 40-man roster for Rodríguez, the Giants have left-handed Relief pitcher D.J. Snellen for the task. The Giants can beat Snelt to Triple-A Sacramento if he approves the exemption after seven days.
San Francisco has appointed second baseman Miguel Gomez to Double-A Richmond to release a 25-man roster for the team's latest launcher. Manager Bruce Bochy said Sandoval will serve as the team's midfielder after completing his second career start on Sunday. Although Rodríguez's first major league stakes are likely to come as a delivery spasm, Bochy indicated that the Giants could be restructured and rewards him with his first major league start in the near future.
"You stay open-minded about these guys," Bochy said. "You have some young starters and you can move them around and they can give you a chance to give someone a break or a break, and he could be the guy."
Dereck Rodríguez on the call to the show pic.twitter.com/b6Revae4pc
– Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) May 28, 2018
Giants plan to Bumgarner news
Bochy said before the contest in Colorado on Monday that he will announce when Ass Madison Bumgarner will make his next launch after the game ends.
After knocking out eight batsmen over 3 2/3 innings in his first rehab launch, Bumgarner could immediately return to the rotation Friday, when the Giants host the Phillies at AT & T Park. Although the Giants' original plans for Bumgarner's rehab task prompted the left-hander to rehab three times, his performance on his first assignment was a return for Friday.