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Monday, February 25, 2008

Young Players the Talk of Camp

The Giants' full squad has been at work for almost a week now, and most the talk around the Giants camp has been of the young players that will fill out this teams' roster come opening day. There have been plenty of articles written this spring about the stud pitchers Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, as well as the teams young outfielders and second basemen Kevin Frandsen. One guy who is starting to get some attention, and a guy who I'm sure a lot of casual Giants' fans aren't familiar with is John Bowker. It looks like the Giants may have future plans for the 24-year old power bat who led all Giants minor leaguer's with 22 home runs and 90 RBI's in AA ball last season. A 22 home run season doesn't jump out at you too much, but he hit them playing in the Eastern League which is very rich with pitching and big ballparks. He also made the Eastern League All-Star team which is no small feat for a Giants' minor league hitter. Due to the fact that there are about 7 outfielders currently ahead of him on the depth chart, Bowker has started working out at first base this spring to see if he may have a future there. I am all for this move and if he can make a transition to first like Dan Ortmeier has done, he could be a very intriguing bat to follow this season. In all likelihood, unless he absolutely kills the ball this spring, Bowker will begin the year in Fresno, and it's very possible he could be starting at first there. Fresno has a couple outfielders returning from last years squad and it's very possible that either Fred Lewis or Nate Schierholtz will occupy one of the outfield spots. All signs are pointing towards first base as being Bowker's fastest ticket to the big leagues.

The Giants' will kick off their cactus league schedule Thursday vs. the Cubs with Noah Lowry getting the nod and Kevin Corriea scheduled to go second. Before that, they will hold an intra-squad game on Wednesday. Although it's only going to be the first game of the spring, I am very curious to see how Bochy fills out his lineup early on. I think the Giants will make a trade for a third basemen at some point in the spring so the lineup you see on Thursday could change a lot by March 31'st season opener. Ande Marte and Joe Crede seem to be the two most likely targets for the Giants but Marte showed up in Indians camp overweight and Crede still has to answer big questions regarding his surgically repaired back. The only guarantees I'm expecting to see are Dave Roberts and Rajai Davis leading off, Bengie Molina in the 4th spot (to start the spring) and Aaron Rowand hitting 5th. After that, Boch could go with a variety of different orders.
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  • At 3:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bowker can rake. He's probably not as polished but he's a better hitter than Ort in my opinion. He just has to learn the position.

  • At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Go Giants said…

    I like Ortmier. I think he has a chance to a decent player if given the full time job. I still think Aurilia will figure into the mix though.

  • At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Omar Vizquels injury will probably kill the competition at second. I wonder if the giants will go out and get a veteran shortstop to help hold down the fort until O gets back. Aurilia's too slow to play there anymore and Frandsen has to play 3rd.

    They almost need to add at least one more infielder to their roster.

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  • At 12:46 AM, Blogger Yolar said…

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  • At 7:34 PM, Blogger Matty C. said…

    Can you update me on Omar. I haven't heard what happened and I'll be down in Arizona for spring training. How long is he out for?

  • At 8:42 PM, Blogger Trevor said…


    Omar had knee surgery today and is out for all of the spring and likely the first week or 2 of the regular season.

  • At 5:18 AM, Blogger Matty C. said…

    Thanks mucho for the update.

  • At 1:11 PM, Anonymous J.D. said…

    First spring game ain't goin so well. Sounds a lot like last year.


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