San Francisco Giants
Derek Law will find out this month if his new slider works against big-leaguers. Heeding the advice of catcher Buster Posey, the reliever changed his approach this summer after he was demoted to Class AAA Sacramento.
Posey suggested Law differentiate his slider and curveball because their velocity was nearly identical.
Batters had teed off, dealing Law a 5.40 ERA — nearly double his 2.13 ERA as a rookie.
“They could sit on basically the same pitch,” Law told The San Francisco Chronicle.
So he developed a speedier slider in recent weeks.
“He’s actually got two distinct pitches, different speeds, different actions,” said catcher Tim Fede
rowicz, who with Law was recently promoted. “The slider is harder and tighter.”
At Sacramento, Law recorded a 2.48 ERA and earned 10 saves.
Mark Melancon, who was signed during the offseason to be the closer but ceded the job to
Sam Dyson, will have surgery to correct a forearm issue that has bothered him at times since 2012.
Chris Shaw, whose potential as a slugger is exciting for a franchise in dire need of power, is expected to play in the Arizona Fall League. Shaw, 23, has 55 home runs in 302 minor league games since 2015.