USF baseball alums: Otero makes Giants roster
The big news for USF baseball in the pros this week is that reliever Dan Otero -- Danny in his Bulls days -- made the San Francisco Giants' opening-day roster as a 27-year-old rookie reliever.
Otero has made steady progress up the Giants' minor-league system and should make his debut this week as one of eight relievers on the Giants' roster. Veteran Ross Gload hasn't signed on yet after playing the last two seasons with the Phillies, but he's likely just waiting for the right situation with playing time.
We'll have much more on Otero this week, but first, here's an update on other Bulls alumni who know where they'll be opening the 2012 season in the minors. As always, if there's someone I'm missing, please let us know in the comments. ...
Jeff Baisley, Dodgers: Baisley, 29, earned a spring training invite from the Dodgers, but hit just .136 in 22 at-bats with three hits and one RBI, so he was reassigned to the team's minor-league complex. He had 20 home runs and 100 RBIs at Class AAA last season, so you'd think he'll go be an Albuquerque Isotope, waiting for a hot streak or an injury to earn his first stint in the majors since getting 11 hits in 2008 with the A's.
Addison Maruszak, Yankees: Maruszak, 25, is back for a second season at Class AA with the Trenton Thunder, where he hit .244 while playing a number of positions. He's listed as a first baseman, but has gotten work just about everywhere except pitching and catching.
Devin Ivany, Nationals: Ivany, 29, is back with the Harrisburg Senators -- there's a term-limits joke to be made, as this will be his fifth season with the club in six years, having played there in 2007-08 and parts of the last two seasons. His overall batting average was .232 in 2010 and .231 last season, but he has another chance to show something.
Shawn Sanford, Giants: Sanford, 23, got to go to spring training with San Francisco, but he'll open this season at High-A with the San Jose Giants of the California League. He's actually the opening-day starter, going tonight at Modesto. On Twitter at @shootersays12.
Stephen Hunt, Reds: Hunt, 23, is also in the California League, where he spent his first full pro season last year with the Bakersfield Blaze. He hit a solid .291 last year with eight home runs and 59 RBIs; it's reasonable to think with a strong start he could earn a midseason promotion. On Twitter at @huntpiece89.
Kevin Quackenbush, Padres: Most of last year's draft picks haven't been assigned teams yet, but Quackenbush, 23, played so well last year at two levels that he's already in the California League with the Lake Elsinore Storm. Quack had a 0.64 ERA last year in 35 appearances -- anothe year like that and he'll continue to be fast-tracked up through the farm system. He even got to make a spring-training cameo last week, giving up three runs in a one-inning appearance.
Sam Mende, Rockies: Mende, 22, had hoped to skip a level after hitting .281 in 46 games in the rookie-level Pioneer League. He'll play in the Class-A South Atlantic League with the Asheville Tourists -- looks like he'll be at shortstop. On Twitter at @sammende.
Jimmy Moran, Reds: Officially on the roster, it's now "Jim Moran," 21, of the Dayton Dragons of the Class-A Midwest League. Moran carried a 3.91 ERA as a rookie last summer, making 21 relief appearances at two different levels. On Twitter at @1Jimmer8.
Sean Buckley, Reds: Moran's Dayton teammate is the erstwhile Bulls catcher Buckley, 22, who finished his college days at St. Pete College. Buckley hit .289 with 14 home runs as a rookie in the Pioneer League last season. On Twitter at @seanbuckley08.
We'll have more players to update as teams ship players out to lower-level leagues -- last year's rookies, like Jonathan Koscso, Junior Carlin and Randy Fontanez, will join the list soon.