Spring Training is just around the corner with pitchers and catchers already reporting for duty. This year, the San Francisco Giants have come off another impressive season, winning another World Series Title. However, the Giants offseason has been nothing but exciting, with the 2 biggest acquirements being Casey McGee and Nori Aoki. This year’s roster will sure be different due to the fact that star tried basemen Pablo Sandoval leaving for Boston. This year’s 25 man roster prediction is slightly easier as the only major competition is between the backup catchers. The roster projects to be:
P -Madison Bumgarner
1B Brandon Belt
2B Joe Panik
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Casey McGee
IF Matt Duffy
RF Hunter Pence
CF Angel Pagan
LF Nori Aoki
OF Gregor Blanco
OF Travis Ishikawa
Yesterday, I was greeted with a piece of mail that I had sent. I was certainly not expecting this as I did not send any mail out to any players this season. When I opened the letter, I was ecstatic to see a signed Yankee card from southpaw C.C Sabathia. I certainly was not expecting this as I sent this card over 3 years ago. I’m glad to see that Sabathia was kind enough to go sign cards from years ago.
Happy holidays from Baseball at The Bay
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 910 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.
The Giants won the World Series! The Giants won the World Series!
Yeah I know I’m a bit late on that. But I got two prized additions to my autograph collection that are from players that contributed to the Giants World Series run.
Both of the autographs were one’s I’ve gotten when the two played in San Jose.
The first one was a vital player that was 6th in Rookie of the Year voting and a mainstay at 2nd base for years to come.
Second Basemen Joe Panik
The other player filled a huge role on the bench and let star Buster Posey rest when necessary.
Catcher Andrew Susac
I am happy I was fortunate enough to get the 2 World Series Champion’s autographs. I wish them all the best in years to come.
This was the 1st MLB game I attended this season. Sadly, I didn’t get any autographs because I was attending this game with this program for high schoolers. Angel Stadium was also the 3rd major league stadium I visited so far with the other 2 being AT&T Park and Oakland Coliseum.
The 1st pitch started at 7:30 and it was a pitching battle between Blue Jays pitcher R.A Dickey versus Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. The Blue Jays scored their first run in the 5th and proceeded to win the game 4-0.
I liked the vibe of Angel Stadium a lot especially with the fountain in the outfield.
On 6/29/14, I attended my first baseball game this season. This was between the San Jose Giants and the Visalia Rawhide. My dad and I got to the stadium at around 11:30 and bought bleacher tickets. When we got in, I headed to the Visalia dugout looking for 2013 1st round draft pick Braden Shipley. After some other players passed, Shipley finally came out from the bullpen to sign for me and the 5 other guys that were looking for his autograph. After I got his autograph, I went to this Mobil booth inside the stadium that was giving out prizes. I spun the wheel and magically landed on the “Special Prize”. I initially thought the special prize would be something lame like a coupon or whatnot but it turned out to be amazing. The prize was a San Jose Giants autographed team ball!
After, I headed to the Giants dugout in search of getting 2012 draft picks Chris Stratton and Martin Agosta’s autograph. However, I could not find them. The first San Jose Giant autograph I got was pitcher Stephen Johnson who was drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 draft.
After, I proceeded to get the autographs of Brian Ragira and Jesus Galindo. For some reason, Jesus didn’t sign on the sweetspot even though I asked him to.
I headed to Turkey Mike’s after and got this amazing burger that consisted of 2 hamburger patties with pulled pork on top. I stayed and watched the Giants beat Visalia 2-1.
Almost half of a season has gone by for minor leaguers. While things have not been going so well for top pitching prospects in the Giants system, the Giants batters have certainly made an impact
1.Kyle Crick-RHP- Crick has experianced the roughest season to date. He has a decent 3.88 ERA in 41 innings pitched but has allowed a whopping 33 walks. He often struggles to get of innings which contributes on why he goes on average about 3 innings per game. Many analysts are projecting Crick as a late-inning reliever if his command doesn’t improve.
2.Joe Panik-2B- Panik, the 1st round draft pick by the Giants in 2011, has been quite a surprise. Panik has hit 0.321 at AAA this season with 5 home runs. He possess a advanced bat but needs work on defense. He recently got called up to the Giants.
3.Andrew Susac-C- Susac has cooled off his bat in June but is still hitting 0.262. Many dub Susac as the player who will move catcher Buster Posey to 3B. Susac has been dealing with multiple injures this season which included a concussion. He has improved a lot on his catching ability this season.
4.Adam Duvall-3B-Duvall has one of the hottest bats in the Giants farm system this season. He, along with Mac Williamson, has the most power in the system. Duvall has the PCL leading 23 home runs this season and could end up starting next year for the Giants if Sandoval decides to leave.
5. Edwin Escober-LHP-Giants 2nd best pitching prospect has had a dismal 2014 season. Escobar has a 5.31 ERA at AAA this year. He was pegged as an eventual replacement for Ryan Vogelsong next season so he has to turn it around for him to get a shot.
Derek Law-Once slotted to be in the bullpen my the end of this season, Law has dominated AA but recently suffered an elbow injury and might need Tommy John surgery
It’s that time of year again where the draft is officially less that 2 weeks away. Questions are being asked on who the Giants will draft with the 14th pick in the 1st round.
1.Bradley Zimmer USF OF – brother of Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer. He has a nice glove in the outfielder and projects to be an good hitter. He might not be available when the Giants draft him as his stock has skyrocketed into the top 10.
2. Jeff Hoffman East Carolina University RHP- Once projected to be a top 5 pick in the draft this year. Recently elected to get Tommy John surgery which has made his stock slip. If the Giants draft him, he could potentially be a steal if he regains his pre-surgury dominance.
3.Trea Turner North Carolina State SS- Trea is a prospect who can most likely stay at shortstop in the majors. He had very nice speed and a plus bat.
4. Sean Reid-Foley Sandalwood HS RHP – top 5 high school pitcher in the draft. Sean has a plus fastball and change up and throws about 91-95 mph. Giants would probably be able the develop him into a number 2 or 3 pitcher given their success with pitchers.
Spring training has been in full blast and Opening Day is less than a month away!
Many people wonder who would be cut from the Giants roster, will there be any surprise prospects, and whether top prospects like Edwin Escobar and Derek Law will make the roster. Well…here are my projections
RHP Tim Lincecum
RHP Matt Cain
RHP Tim Hudson
LHP Madison Bumgarner
LHP Jeremy Affeldt
LHP Javier Lopez
RHP Santiago Casilla
RHP Sergio Romo
RHP Erik Cordier
RHP Ryan Vogelsong
RHP Yusmeiro Petit
RHP Jake Dunning
C Buster Posey
C Hector Sanchez
1B Brandon Belt
2b Marco Scutaro
SS Brandon Crawford
3b Pablo Sandoval
Utility Ehire Adrianza
Utility Joaquin Arias
RF Hunter Pence
CF Angel Pagan
LF Michael Morse
OF Gregor Blanco
OF Juan Perez
I can’t believe it has been exactly one year since I first started this blog. Boy! A lot has changed since the beginning. I have written more about collecting autographs nowadays. I recently had gotten over 300 views in less than one month as well. I hope to continue writing as the year goes on and like to thank my viewers for the support!