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Giants add Pichardo, Bowker, Denker and Timpner to 40-man roster11/21/2007 2:49 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have purchased the contracts of right-handed pitcher Kelvin Pichardo and outfielder John Bowker from Double-A Connecticut; infielder Travis Denker from Single-A San Jose and outfielder Clay Timpner from Triple-A Fresno and added them to the 40-man roster, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced this morning.
Pichardo, a 22-year-old Dominican, split the 2007 campaign between San Jose and Connecticut and went 4-5 with five saves, a 3.32 ERA (25er, 67.2ip) and a .211 batting average against (51-for-242) over 44 relief appearances. The four-year professional, who was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for outfielder Michael Tucker Aug. 27, 2005, has forged a 16-16 lifetime ledger with six saves and a 3.45 ERA over 86 career Minor League contests (25 starts). The 6-0, 160-pound hurler has limited opponents to a .231 batting average during his career, while registering 245 strikeouts and only 72 walks over 232.0 innings.
Bowker, who was originally selected by San Francisco in the third round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, turned in a stellar 2007 campaign with Connecticut which earned him Eastern League All-Star honors. The left-handed hitting outfielder produced career standards in 2007, when he hit .307 (160-for-522) with 79 runs, 35 doubles, 22 home runs and 90 RBI over 139 games. His 22 home runs established a new Defenders team mark. He was third among Giants farmhands in both home runs and RBI, while ranking eighth in average. The Sacramento native has logged a .287 lifetime average with 42 home runs and 223 RBI over 374 career contests since being drafted out of Long Beach State.
Denker, who was acquired Aug. 26, 2007 from the Los Angeles Dodgers as the player to be named later in the Mark Sweeney trade, proved to be one of San Jose's stalwarts during its run to the California League championship. The 22-year-old combined to hit .300 (128-for-427) with 72 runs, 30 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 66 RBI in 118 games between Inland Empire and San Jose during the 2007 regular season. The 5-9, 170-pound second baseman was the Giants catalyst in the California League postseason, sharing the club lead with seven RBI in seven games while hitting .480 (12-for-25) with three home runs. Originally selected by Los Angeles in the 21st round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, he owns a .280 career average with 65 home runs and 270 RBI in 483 games over five Minor League campaigns.
Timpner, a left-handed hitting center fielder, hit at a career-high .301 clip for Fresno, with 51 runs, 11 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 39 RBI over 109 games. Originially San Francisco's fourth round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, the 6-2, 195-pounder has posted a .283 lifetime average with 236 runs, 61 doubles, 23 triples, 21 home runs and 140 RBI in 437 Minor League contests over four campaigns.
With today's transactions, the Giants roster stands at 39.
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