Scottsdale, Arizona —— Left-handed reliever DJ Snelten enjoyed a career year in 2017, splitting the summer session between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento with the San Francisco Giants, who initially drafted the 6’7” reliever out of the University of Minnesota back in 2013. After trying to start some games over several different minor league levels in 2015 and 2016, Snelten was moved back to the bullpen full-time this summer, and it paid off: in 51 total games, the tall lefty finished 8-1 with a 2.20 ERA, allowing just 57 hits and 23 walks while striking out 71 hitters over 73.2 innings pitched at those two levels.
Now, this offseason, DJ Snelten is representing the San Francisco Giants as a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions at the prestigious Arizona Fall League, which is where we caught up with him before a recent game at Scottsdale Stadium. On-air host Sande Charles talked to Snelten about relieving, the adjustments he made to have such a strong 2017, and even asked him a little bit about his musical history and talents on the guitar, all of which you can see here:
In addition to that interview, too, we’ve been able to see DJ Snelten pitch several times already for Scottsdale during this Arizona Fall League season; below are two game videos taken of the San Francisco Giants prospect coming on in relief outings over the past several weeks:
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Now that the tall lefty has found some success as a bullpen arm in Triple-A, it’s likely he’ll challenge for a big league relief role come spring training in a few months’ time. Whether he makes the team out of camp or not, the San Francisco Giants have themselves here a workable, situational left-handed reliever with good deception and a few quirks in his stuff and mechanics, all of which create some ability to miss left-handed bats with plane. That alone could help DJ Snelten make some sort of an impact on the big league club before too much longer.