The San Francisco Giants’ closers have been the most intriguing players on the team over the last three years.
Brian Wilson, with one of the most dominating personalities in baseball, led the Giants to a championship in 2010 with 48 saves, the most in the National League.
After Wilson’s season-ending injury in April 2012, Sergio Romo won the closer role. He pitched three perfect innings in the World Series and recorded three strikeouts for the last outs of Game 4.
At the middle of spring training in 2013, Wilson is a free agent with multiple elbow surgeries on his resumé, Romo’s World Baseball Classic pitch count is a concern and manager Bruce Bochy’s son is looking to make the team.
“It’s pretty special to have your son here, I’m not going to lie,” said Bruce Bochy in an Associated Press article. “He’s worked hard to get to this point, he’s earned this invite with the job that he did last year.”
Brett Bochy, 25, was drafted by the Giants in 2010 and played for Double-A Richmond last year. He recorded 14 saves and posted a 2.53 ERA in 41 appearances.
Acknowledging he is a strikeout pitcher in the minors, Brett Bochy told CBS affiliate KPIX that he just tries to “pitch to contact and pitch to the corners.”
Because numerous pitchers left camp for the WBC, Brett has appeared in three games thus far giving up two earned runs with an ERA of 6.75.
Although he may not make the roster this season, Brett skipped Single-A baseball entirely so he has proven skills.
“It’s something to take in and really just enjoy and embrace it,” said Brett about this year’s camp.
Brett Bochy will be yet another closer in the Giants’ organization to keep an eye on.