Giants' Sam Selman details how tryout landed him in San Francisco

Alex Pavlovic

Sam Selman made an appearance out of the Giants' bullpen at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, and over the past couple of months, he also has pitched at Oracle Park and Dodger Stadium, along with getting his MLB debut out of the way.

But Selman's most pressure-packed moment this year might have come in a cramped batting cage a few miles from Seattle. Selman took part in a pro day at the Driveline Baseball facility and signed with the Giants a couple of days later.

On this week's Giants Insider Podcast, he explained the unique setup.

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"They're expanding and they're moving to a huge brand new facility, but the one they have now is a batting cage tunnel and then they had 40 or 50 scouts surrounding it," Selman said. "Imagine if you're just pitching in a batting cage tunnel and you have 40 pitches to throw and there's 40 people behind you. And you kind of recognize some of the scouts because you've been in Triple-A and Double-A for forever, and they're all standing behind you. You're just out there like, 'Alright, here we go.' That was kind of what it was.

"I kind of just tried to let it rip and trust my stuff and what I worked on the whole offseason to get ready for that moment and it worked out well."

The Giants had a leg up on scouting the lefty before the workout. Selman had worked with Matt Daniels while spending a week learning at Driveline, and the Giants went on to hire Daniels as their coordinator of pitching analysis.

It worked out for both sides. Selman had a 1.80 ERA across two levels in the minors this season, striking out 94 batters in 55 innings. He made his debut seven years after he was drafted by the Royals, and the Giants are taking a look at him this month to see if he can be part of next year's big league bullpen mix.

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On this week's podcast, Selman detailed that long journey through the minors, why he didn't retire like some of his friends, his time at Driveline and his first experience in the big leagues.

You can stream it here or download it on iTunes here.

Giants' Sam Selman details how tryout landed him in San Francisco originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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