Brock Bond likely won’t make the San Francisco Giants’ opening day roster, but the 27-year-old infielder was recognized for his effort Tuesday.
Bond is this year’s winner of the Harry S. Jordan Award, given annually during spring training to the player who makes the biggest impression during his first major-league camp. The award is voted by Giants players, coaches and training staff.
During six minor-league seasons, the last three with the Fresno Grizzlies, Bond owns a career batting average of .313 with a .410 on-base percentage. This spring, he hit .435 (10 for 23) with two home runs in 13 Cactus League games.
Bond was reassigned to Triple-A Fresno on March 14, so there’s a good chance he opens the season in a Grizzlies uniform. He hit .332 with a .412 on-base percentage here last season.
In other notes:
*** Last year’s Jordan Award winner, reliever Dan Otero, was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees. So he won’t be back. But it looks like starter Yusmeiro Petit will be. Petit cleared waives and the Giants reassigned him to Triple-A Fresno.
*** Nick Noonan continues to make his case for one of the backup infield spots. The 23-year-old shortstop hit two doubles in Monday night’s Cactus League game and made a couple fine defensive plays.
*** I’m projecting a little here, but the Grizzlies have the makings of a darned good outfield with Gary Brown, Roger Kieschnick, Francisco Peguero and Juan Perez. Of course, it’s still possible Peguero makes the big-league club. He’s battling veteran Cole Gillespie for the fifth-outfielder job.
*** As a reminder, the Grizzlies’ season opener is April 4 — that’s next Thursday night – at Chukchansi Park against the Tacoma Rainiers. Media day will be April 3.
*** Just for fun, here’s the entire list of Jordan Award winners. Lots of familiar names in there for your amusement.
1988 Joe Kmak &
Francisco Melendez 2002 Felix Escalona
1989 James Steel
1990 Eric Gunderson 2004 Brian Dallimore
1991 Mark Leonard
1992 John Patterson 2006 Derin McMains
1993 Greg Brummett 2007 Tim Lincecum
1994 J.R. Phillips
1995 Joe Rosselli
1996 Marvin Benard 2010 Darren Ford
1997 Dante Powell
1998 Russ Ortiz
1999 Damon Minor 2013 Brock Bond
2000 Ben Weber