Brock Bond (on way to Fresno Grizzlies?) wins Harry S. Jordan Award in Giants camp

Brock Bond wins the Harry S. Jordan Award given to the best player in his first major-league camp. (Associated Press photo)

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.

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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.

Predicting the 2013 Fresno Grizzlies

Brock Bond, who boasts a .410 career on-base percentage, is predicted to return to the Fresno Grizzlies for another season.

One month from today, on April 4, the Fresno Grizzlies will trot onto the infield in their spiffy home whites for the first of 72 Pacific Coast League ballgames at Chukchansi Park.

You can practically taste the hot dogs and Tecate Light.

In what’s become an annual tradition, here are my predictions for the Grizzlies’ 25-man opening day roster. The last two years I’ve gotten about 20 names correct. It’s inevitable that someone on this list will get injured, and the San Francisco Giants typically stash a couple players in “extended spring training.” There’s also the possibility the Giants have someone in their minor-league camp ticketed for Triple-A that I don’t know about. We don’t get much news from Indian School Park during spring training.

So in other words, this ain’t no can of corn. But here goes:

Catchers (2): Jackson Williams, Guillermo Quiroz

(Both are fairly obvious choices. Tyler LaTorre will also figure in the mix.)

Infielders (6): Brett Pill, Brock Bond, Nick Noonan, Kensuke Tanaka, Ehire Adrianza, Tony Abreu

(The Giants don’t necessarily need a backup 1B with Buster Posey set to play 20-25 games there. Pill, who has a minor-league option, could be the odd man out. … Tanaka has told reporters he’d accept Triple-A assignment, so start brushing up on your Japanese. … Abreu has yet to play in the Cactus League, so Wilson Valdez is predicted to win the Giants’ backup infield job.)

Outfielders (4): Gary Brown, Francisco Peguero, Roger Kieschnick, Juan Perez

(This assumes Cole Gillespie makes the big-league roster. … Peguero is certainly giving the Giants something to think about, but they probably want him to play regularly.

Pitchers (13): Yusmeiro Petit, Chris Heston, Michael Kickham, Boof Bonser, Shane Loux, Heath Hembree, Jean Machi, Dan Otero, Mitch Lively, Scott Proctor, Steve Edlefsen, Sandy Rosario, Brett Bochy

(Jose Mijares’ injury means there are two open spots in the Giants’ bullpen. Chad Gaudin and Dan Runzler appear like the current front-runners. … Ryan Sadowski and Mason Tobin could also figure in; both were sent to minor-league camp last week to rehab injuries.)

4:50 p.m. update: I just realized Tony Abreu is on the Giants’ 40-man roster. So that probably gives him the edge over Wilson Valdez for a backup infield job.

March 6 update:  Guess I missed the news that Todd Linden re-signed with the Giants on a minor-league deal.  So there’s a very good chance the Grizzlies’ all-time leader in just about every offensive category will be back with the club.