The Giants have re-signed right-hander Hunter Strickland to a minor league contract, MLBTR's Zach Links has learned. Strickland, 24, underwent Tommy John surgery in late May and was designated for assignment last week. The Giants ultimately released him and worked out a new minor league contract.
Strickland was selected by the Red Sox in the 18th round of the 2007 draft. In six minor league seasons between Boston, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, Strickland has a 3.80 ERA with 6.1 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 388 innings.
After being converted to a relief role full-time, Strickland was in the midst of his best minor league season prior to the injury. He had pitched to a 0.86 ERA with 23 strikeouts against five walks in 21 games for the Class A Advanced San Jose Giants. The Giants claimed him off waivers from the Pirates in April, roughly two-and-a-half years after he was acquired from Boston in exchange for Adam LaRoche.