San Francisco Giants send 20 players to Triple-A Fresno

Heath Hembree, who recorded 15 saves last season for the Fresno Grizzlies, was among 20 players sent to Triple-A on Friday by the San Francisco Giants.

The San Francisco Giants made their first wholesale roster cuts of spring training Friday, sending 21 players to minor-league camp and 20 to Triple-A Fresno.

Reassigned to Fresno were pitchers Brett Bochy, Boof Bonser, Steve Edlefsen, Heath Hembree, Mitch Lively, Shane Loux and Michael Kickham; catcher Tyler LaTorre; infielders Ricky Oropesa, Adam Duvall and Brock Bond; and outfielder Gary Brown.

Optioned to Triple-A were pitchers Jake Dunning, Chris Heston, Dan Otero and Sandy Rosario; infielders Ehire Adrianza and Nick Noonan; and outfielders Roger Kieschnick and Juan Perez.

Pitcher Edwin Escobar was optioned to Class-A San Jose.

What’s the difference between being optioned and reassigned? Players on the Giants’ 40-man roster must be optioned; non-roster players are reassigned.

This doesn’t guarantee all 20 of these players will be wearing Grizzlies uniforms come April 4. It just means they’ll be playing in Triple-A games during spring training, unless the Giants need extra bodies.