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Giants top prospects Arroyo, Beede sent to minors
March 19, 2017
Told in the morning he would be reassigned to minor-league camp, Arroyo waved goodbye loudly in the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Brewers. "Hopefully I left people here with a smile on their face," Arroyo said as he packed for Indian School Park, where he will prepare for his season, mostly likely at Triple-A Sacramento. Both first-round picks will go to Sacramento knowing they could make their big-league debuts in 2017. Both seem on track for 2018, although the vagaries of baseball sometimes upset the best-laid plans. The homer was his fifth hit and only extra-base hit in 18 at-bats. Pence, ever the optimist, said spring training is a "gold mine" because players have so much down time to work behind the scenes to solve their issues. Bochy acknowledged several hitters are "searching" and could get extra at-bats in minor-league games. The Giants made two additional cuts, reassigning left-hander Kraig Sitton to minor-league camp and optioning utilityman Orlando Calixte to Triple-A Sacramento. [...] baseman Jae-gyun Hwang played a day after taking a bad-hop to the head during practice. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Jeff Samardzija got racked for the second straight start, allowing six runs in four-plus innings, including back-to-back homers. In his past two starts, Samardzija has allowed 13 runs (11 earned) on 17 hits in 7 2/3 innings. Zack Davies, the Brewers' No. 2 starter, retired the first 12 Giants before Brandon Belt opened the fifth with a single. Manager Bruce Bochy on outfield candidate Mac Williamson, who has a minor, but ill-timed left quadriceps injury.