Livan Hernandez, the 1997 World Series MVP was traded to the San Francisco Giants for right-handers Jason Grilli, who will be assigned to AAA Calgary, and Nathan Bump, who will pitch at AA. Vladimir Nunez will take Livan’s spot in the rotation and Hector Almonte was promoted to fill in the bullpen vacancy.
Grilli, 22, 6-4, 185 lbs. right handed pitcher is currently 7-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 19 games this season at AAA Fresno. He was rated by Baseball America as the 44th best prospect in baseball and the best in the Giants organization. He was the Giants’ #1 pick in the 1997 June Amateur Draft out of Seton Hall University where he set school records for strikeouts. Bump, 23, 6-3, 185 lbs. right handed pitcher is currently 4-10 with a 3.31 ERA in 17 starts at AA Shreveport. He was rated by Baseball America as the Giants’ fourth best prospect. He was the Giants’ # 1 pick in the 1998 June Amateur Draft out of Penn State University where he set records for wins, starts, innings, and strikeouts.