Giants’ rookie gets a battery-mate boost — and Garcia even helps him with bat

SAN FRANCISCO — As Shaun Anderson made his Major League debut Wednesday, he could take solace in the friendly face behind the dish.

Aramis Garcia has caught the bulk of Anderson’s starts for Triple-A Sacramento since the 24-year-old right-hander was acquired from Boston in 2017 — serving as a key piece of the Eduardo Nunez trade.

Now Garcia was there for the Giants’ top pitching prospect’s big league debut — and even did his part to support him with the bat, hitting a two-run homer to left in the second.

“What I love about Shaun is that he just goes out there and competes,” Garcia said before the game. “He’s not afraid of anyone or anything. He goes right after you, he challenges guys and he’s a bulldog out there.”

Garcia was recalled from Sacramento May 9 to fill the void left when Buster Posey landed on the 7-day concussion list. He was batting .205/.309/.434, but slugged four homers. With Erik Kratz recently designated for assignment, Garcia’s presence behind the plate was needed — and his experience catching Anderson certainly doesn’t hurt.

“I’ve caught him for the past few years now,” Garcia said. “Ultimately, he just needs to go out there and be himself. Just relax. His stuff is going to play well here.”

Aramis Garcia is congratulated by third base coach Ron Wotus (23) while rounding the bases on a two-run home run in the second inning Wednesday. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

Anderson earned the call-up Tuesday after posting a 4.11 ERA through seven starts in the hitter-heavy Pacific Coast League — respectably below the league average of 5.22. The Giants’ fourth-ranked overall prospect fanned 37 batters in 35 innings while holding hitters to a .252 average.

It wasn’t the first time he’d been summoned to the club, however. The Giants initially pegged Anderson to …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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