Farhan Zaidi addresses the media as he is introduced as the new San Francisco Giants President of Baseball Operations on Nov. 7, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Giants set 40-man roster ahead of Rule 5 deadline, retain flexibility

The San Francisco Giants have completed their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft eligibility deadline, adding right-handed pitchers Melvin Adon, Sam Coonrod and Logan Webb.

In addition right-hander Julian Fernandez, who was waived by the Giants, was claimed by the Miami Marlins yesterday, and right-hander Chase Johnson cleared waivers, and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento earlier Tuesday.

New President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi — who may or may not hire a general manager before the start of 2019 (he previously served in the role with the Los Angeles Dodgers) — now has flexibility when it comes to adding and trading pieces over the rest of the offseason. San Francisco’s 40-man roster now sits at 36, allowing Zaidi to make some of the smaller moves — like the Oakland Athletics’ acquisition of Khris Davis and the Dodgers’ signing of Max Muncy — that can begin to remake the Giants.

Fernandez, 22, was originally a Rule 5 pick out of the Rockies organization in 2017, but he suffered a torn UCL in spring training, and underwentTommy John surgery in April. He never pitched a regular-season game for the Giants, and spent the entire season on the 60-day disabled list.

A triple-digit arm when healthy, Fernandez should be recovered early in the 2019 season, and will be able to spend a month in the minors for an injury rehab stint, but after that, he’d need to be called up and spend 90 days on the active roster with the Marlins, or else be put through waivers and offered back to Colorado.

The 24-year old Adon was signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2015. Entering 2018, his fastball, which has reached as high as 102 mph, was rated the organization’s best fastball in the minor leagues by Baseball America. He impressed during the Arizona Fall League as a reliever for the Scottsdale Scorpions, throwing 12.1 innings while striking out 21 and allowing just three walks over his 10 appearances.

Coonrod, picked by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, spent most of the 2018 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was limited to 10 games, striking out 23 in 11.2 innings between the Arizona Rookie League Giants and the Single-A advanced San Jose Giants.

Webb, San Francisco’s No. 4 pick in the 2014 draft, split this past season between San Jose and Double-A Richmond, combining for a 2.41 ERA (28 earned runs in 104 2/3 innings) in 27 games (26 starts). The 2018 California League Mid-Season All-Star held right-handed batters to a .187 average while recording 72 strikeouts. He was ranked the #17 prospect in the Cal League on Baseball America’s Top 20 List.

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