Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Giants Surprises/Disappointments of the Spring

Our Giants Blog over @ http://giantsbaseballblog.blogspot.com
has been a big contributor to a very popular baseball site, http://www.hotstove.com/. Since we haven't gotten a chance to get into much of the Giants news here during spring training, I wanted to share one of the Q&A's we recently provided them. It's a brief breakdown on the Giants top two prospects and how they've fared thus far.

Q: Bearing in mind that Spring Training stats are essentially meaningless, who among the Giants' players have helped or hurt themselves the most with their performances this spring?

TC: The guy who has quietly helped himself a ton in regards to possibly making the Giants opening day roster has been their top prospect, Buster Posey. With the Giants' pressing need for all the offense they can get, and with Buster Posey putting up the spring he has (12-28, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1.055 OPS), it's going to be extremely tough for the Giants to keep him off their opening day roster. They're stuck between a rock in a hard place because they would like Posey to refine his catching skills by playing everyday in Fresno instead of starting off on the bench in San Francisco.

Madison Bumgarner
, on the other hand, has disappointed this spring and could lose his grip on the fifth starters spot because of it. As a matter of fact, on Tuesday, the Giants officially demoted the 21 year-old lefty to AAA Fresno, and it's almost certain that he'll begin the season with the Grizzlies. The big concern with Bumgarner is his diminished velocity, down from 92-94 mph last year, to 87-88 mph this spring, and he's been very hittable. It's going to be interesting to see how these situations transpire as the regular season begins.

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