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Limestone's Pucetas added to Giants' 40-man roster

 


Kevin Pucetas

By Mike McCombs for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Hopefully Kevin Pucetas '06 has an unlimited plan for his cell phone. He's going to need it.

Pucetas' phone was red hot Friday night with calls and texts from friends, family and teammates as the Broome High School and Limestone product learned he had been added to the San Francisco Giants' 40-man roster.

At around 9:40 p.m., Pucetas received a call from Giants vice president for operations Bobby Evans and general manager Brian Sabean.

"They wanted to congratulate me for all my hard work over the past few years, and tell me I had been added to the 40-man roster and that they look forward to me coming into camp and competing for a job," Pucetas said.

Pucetas, who didn't play fall or winter ball this offseason, could be a candidate for the rotation or bullpen when he reports to camp Feb. 17.

"It depends on the offseason," said Pucetas. "We don't have a fifth starter. Maybe I can have a chance to compete for it. Then again, maybe we go out and get somebody for the rotation, and maybe I have a shot at a spot in the bullpen."

Pucetas, the 2007 Minor League Baseball Class A Pitcher of the Year, has now pitched four complete seasons in the minor leagues, compiling a 42-13 career record. He was 10-6 with a 5.04 ERA at Triple-A Fresno this past season.

Pucetas was involved in some trade rumors around the July 31 trading deadline but said that thought never crossed his mind when he realized who was calling.

"I really didn't think about that," Pucetas said. "Being added to the roster does nothing but help your value. It's always a possibility and you always have to keep that in mind that it's a part of the game. Every time you go out there to the mound, you're auditioning for the other 29 teams."

Right now, Pucetas is celebrating and sharing the good news. In the 45 minutes or so after the call from the Giants, he received about 60 text and voice messages.

"I called all my closest family and friends and trainers," Pucetas said. "It's just awesome to be able to tell them that I set that goal and accomplished it."