Originally posted on SF Giants Nirvana  |  Last updated 7/5/12

It’s been a week since I posted here, so let’s catch up on what I missed…

The Giants signed Gustavo Cabrera and Nathaniel Javier

The Giants dabbled in the international market this week, signing a pair of Dominican prospects: Gustavo Cabrera and Natanael Javier. Cabrera, an ultra-athletic 16-year-old centerfielder, signed for $1.3M. His bat is the “main question mark,” according to Baseball America, but he still came out at #5 on their rankings of the top 20 international prospects for July 2nd and #1 on Jonathan Mayo’s rankings. Perfect Game has a write-up on Cabrera from April, which includes this tid-bit:

One PG scout remarked after seeing Cabrera for four days, “I haven’t been to Japan (or anywhere else) but I suspect that this is the best 16-year old baseball player on the planet.”

The Giants also signed 16-year-old third baseman Natanael Javier for $475K, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America.

Jonathan Mayo (#11):

The big third baseman is considered a solid all-around player and is projected to hit for average and power in the future.

Perfect Game:

Javier has easy, low maintenance hitting mechanics, with a smooth right handed swing with plus bat speed. He’s the type who one can project to hit for both high average and big power in the future. He’s a prototype third baseman in his build and in his defensive tools as well.

The Giants purchased Brad Penny‘s contract from Fresno

About a week ago, the Giants purchased Brad Penny’s contract from Triple-A Fresno. In corresponding moves, they placed Shane Loux on the 15-day DL (neck), and moved Eric Surkamp to the 60-day DL (elbow).

Penny, 34, was a mainstay in Detroit’s starting rotation last season, and his performance was nothing short of dreadful. He tallied only 74 strikeouts through 181.2 innings, and finished the season at an FIP of 5.02; at this point in his career, he doesn’t seem very capable of generating whiffs, and suffice it to say, I’m not comfortable with the idea of Penny pitching in important situations. That said, he’s looked okay so far (granted, he’s faced a grand total of 11 batters). He is one year removed from a solid stint with the Cardinals, and I don’t think it’s out of the question that he could put up those kinds of numbers (15.1% K%, 3.9% BB%, 3.40 FIP) with the Giants this season — relying on precise control for success.

It doesn’t seem like Eric Surkamp has been discussed much at all this year, but it sure is a shame that he’s been out this season. I had anticipated that Surkamp might play an important role with the Giants team this season.

The Giants are in second place

Well, it was fun while it lasted, eh? After losing four of their last five, the Giants have fallen back into second place. Of course, they’re only half a game out of first, and the Dodgers don’t exactly have a strong grip on the divison right now. Los Angeles will close out the first half with a four-game set in Arizona and, if I’m not mistaken, they’ll have to do it without Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. In other words, the Giants have a pretty good shot at moving back into first place before the all-star break.

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