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Showing posts from January, 2023

Minor League players we could see in '23

Last week, we had a full rundown on the Giants projected opening day roster .  This week, we'll look at nine players who may not start the year with the big club, but look to figure into the Giants' 2023 plans at some point. Kyle Harrison, LHP We've heard a lot about this kid over the last 2 years and we should be getting his arrival at some point in 2023. He's the most hyped Giants pitching prospect since Madison Bumgarner and has done nothing but dominate at every stop he's made during his minor league career. Despite the Giants' depth they have in the rotation this season, they don't have any long-term fixtures aside from Logan Webb. Four of their six starters are likely going to be free-agents after this season. They're hoping Harrison entrenches himself this year. He's a big reason the club was OK with letting Rodon walk this offseason. They envision him being that co-ace with Webb for years to come. He hasn't thrown above AA yet, but that d

Giants' 2023 projected roster breakdown

The wild 2022/23 MLB offseason is winding down. Most free agents who hadn't signed before the new year have found new homes over the last couple weeks, including longtime Giants' first basemen Brandon Belt. Farhan Zaidi addressed the media last week after Belt officially ended his Giants' tenure by signing a one-year deal with Toronto. We got, more or less, the same rhetoric Zaidi provided after the Taylor Rogers' conference call on December 30th.  He essentially said they don't anticipate making any other major league free agent additions before spring training. However, he did keep open the door for potential middle infield help as well as bringing in some more catchers to battle it out for an opening day roster spot. It also was made clear that they plan on entering the season with LaMonte Wade Jr. being the main replacement for Belt at first base. So, with everything pretty much set at this point, it's time to take a look at what the Giants 26-man opening da

Giants make bullpen upgrade, possibly?

 The Giants continued their active offseason on Monday, making a couple of moves that change the outlook of their bullpen. One of them was dealing Yunior Marte to the Phillies in exchange for minor league pitcher Erik Miller.  Marte was considered to be on the opening day roster bubble heading into spring and was occupying a 40-man spot. This move shows the Giants didn't see him as an important piece to their bullpen plans. It allows them to clear that spot while adding a young arm that possesses a lot of upside in the process. Miller is a few years younger, 25 next month, than Marte, 28. They both are power arms with strikeout stuff, although Miller has battled control issues which have been the only thing keeping him in the minors. The Giants most likely see in him something they can fix to get him in the strike zone more consistently. If they can, we could see him in the bullpen mix in 2023. Someone who we certainly will see in that bullpen mix is the newly signed right-hander L

Where the Giants stand entering 2023

 We've officially entered 2023 and the countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting to Scottsdale can now begin. With it being the start of a new year, and with most of the Giants heavy lifting this offseason likely finished, I wanted to give my thoughts on the offseason as a whole. The Giants are set to arrive in Scottsdale in mid-February, so we still have a little over 6 weeks off offseason left. They could still be active in the trade market searching for middle infield help and it also wouldn't surprise me to see them add another veteran reliever or two to at least invite into camp.  It was indeed a busy offseason for the Giants. Unfortunately, it hasn't transpired quite the way they or their fans were hoping back in early November. The front office made it known that they were in the market for a star this winter and their first attempt came up short with the Aaron Judge pursuit. I never really envisioned Judge leaving New York though, and the Giants had to know the c