The Giants have acquired right-hander Sam Delaplane from the Mariners in exchange for cash considerations. Delaplane has been optioned to the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate.
Delaplane was designated for assignment earlier this week, and will be out of action for likely the first half of the 2022 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April. However, the Giants took the opportunity to trade for a local product (Delaplane is from San Jose) who has a rather eye-opening minor league track record.
A 23-round pick for the Mariners in the 2017 draft, Delaplane has a 2.29 ERA over 161 1/3 relief innings in Seattle’s farm system. He also has an overwhelming 40.91% strikeout rate, whiffing 270 of 660 batters faced over his career. Between all those missed bats and some solid control (8.2% walk rate), it’s easy to see why San Francisco took a long-term flier on Delaplane to see if he can continue anything close to this form at the MLB level when healthy.