The Giants have spoken so highly of Jaylin Davis at every turn, praising the tools they and he need to sharpen to create a star major league player.
Those skills will now need to be honed outside the public eye.
Among the many moves the Giants made Thursday afternoon was optioning Davis, who will join Joe McCarthy in heading to the satellite camp in Sacramento to make roster room for Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt, who were both activated off the IL.
McCarthy, who went 0-for-10, was an easy selection, and Steven Duggar also was called up to replace his lefty bat. With Belt back, righty Darin Ruf likely will play more outfield. Righty Austin Slater has outplayed Davis in the early going, and thus even against lefties, there would not be room for consistent at-bats for the 26-year-old.
Davis homered Friday, a promising first look after a 35-homer minor league season last year, but went 1-for-11 afterward. His development will continue with the mostly coordinator coaches at the alternate camp.
Rule 5 pick Dany Jimenez, though, is in a holding pattern after he was designated for assignment for roster space. Jimenez will have to be offered back to the Blue Jays after walking three batters in two games and 1 1/3 innings this year. The Giants like the potential, but apparently not enough to hold down a roster spot all year.
The Giants will be holding on to Kean Wong and Jose Siri, DFA’d last week, who cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A.