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Giants take two more fliers on interesting outfielder, lefty pitcher

Jason Krizan. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It’s just about Farhan Flier season.

Farhan Zaidi’s Giants have begun filling out the system’s depth charts and signed two to minor league deals Wednesday: outfielder Jason Krizan and lefty pitcher Sam Long.

Krizan, who also has played first and second, is a 31-year-old still seeking his major league debut. He’s a lefty bat, which the Giants like, who spent eight years in the Tigers system before playing 2019 with the Mets, slashing .275/.358/.469 in 443 plate appearances between Double- and Triple-A. That season, he showed increased pop (14 home runs) and excellent plate discipline (50 walks, 45 strikeouts), which he’s demonstrated much of his minor league career. He’s the type Zaidi and Scott Harris like.

Without the minor leagues in 2020, his dream could have unceremoniously ended. Instead, he’ll get another chance to be another late bloomer in San Francisco.

The 25-year-old Long will try to achieve his own dream nearby his home. The Fair Oaks native and Sacramento State product was an 18th-round selection in the 2016 draft by the Rays and was released in ’18. He caught on with the White Sox in 2019 and posted solid numbers as an older prospect in A-ball, both starting and relieving (3.06 ERA, 112 strikeouts in 97 innings with a 1.041 WHIP).

He was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento, where — assuming the minors lives in 2021 — he would try to reach the majors in front of friends and family.

Lefty pitcher Sam Moll, who had been in the organization the last two seasons, signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks.


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