New Suns get dealt pair of Aces

April 02, 2001

New Suns get dealt pair of Aces


Hagerstown manager Bill Hayes said he might be dealt a pretty good hand of pitchers for the Suns' debut as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Little did he know he would open with a pair of the organization's aces.


The Suns will be heavily armed when they make their East Coast debut in a Meet The Suns public workout today and the South Atlantic League season on Thursday with two of San Francisco's top 15 prospects - both pitchers.

"I'll say the pitching is a little more set than the position players," Hayes said last week while the roster was taking shape. "We have some good young arms and the upside is that some of them can become real prospects."


The Suns received Boof Bonser, the Giants' top selection in the 2000 June amateur draft, in the roster which was announced on Sunday night. Bonser, a right-hander, was 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in 10 appearances at Salem-Keizer in the Northwest League. He is considered San Francisco's 11th best prospect.

Hagerstown also has Brion Treadway, another right-hander, who is rated as the Giants' 14th best prospect. Treadway celebrated his birthday Sunday by joining the Suns after going 2-3 with a 2.31 ERA for Salem-Keizer.

Also on the pitching staff is Kyle Gross, the Giants' No. 5 pick in the 2000 draft, who was 1-2 at Salem-Keizer. He is the son of former major league pitcher Wayne Gross.

Rounding out the staff are right-handers Jeff Clark, Wes Faust, Jackson Markert, Joe Smith, Elgin Graham, Felix Diaz and Jeremy Cunningham along with left-handers Chris Jones, Will Malerich and John Thomas.

In the field, Hayes was only sure Hagerstown would receive catcher Jim Lunsford, who possesses a "strong arm" and hit .270 for Salem-Keiser last season.

Devi Santos is a first baseman who hit .372 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 10 games for the Giants' Arizona Rookie League team. Alex Fajardo is a shortstop who played for Piedmont in 1998 and '99 before being selected by San Francisco in the minor league Rule V draft from the Philadelphia organization.

Other infielders are Bryan Gann, Elliott Strankiman, Kevin Alexander, Angel Chavez and Tomas Garrido. Sharing catching duties will be Mike Wright and Jake Mapes.

In the outfield, the Suns will have Dan Trumble, Jason Ellison, Mark Walker and Bryan Carter. Ellison hit .300 with 13 stolen bases for Salem-Keiser, while Carter hit .265 with 28 RBI.

The Suns, who in their first year with the Giants after eight years in the Toronto organization, will practice in front of home fans today at 5:30 p.m. They open the season on Thursday in Hickory, N.C.

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