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Spring Training notes: Let the games begin

Baseball is back! Although it's only spring training, and these games don't have any impact on how this upcoming season will go, it still is an important stretch for the Giants. Most notably, this spring is about getting some of their upper-tier prospects a long look. It's also about getting guys like Michael Conforto and Mitch Haniger, who didn't play much if at all in 2022, the work they need to be ready for the regular season. Two of the younger guys who stuck out this first weekend have been Casey Schmitt and Blake Sabol. Schmitt hit a no doubt rocket out to left center that almost cleared the berm where all the fans sit. He did it off a pretty established big league arm as well in Adrian Sampson. Then he turned around and made a few jaw-dropping plays on the defensive side. I know it's only one game and there is still a long way to go, but you can't help but get excited when you see a performance like that. Even the Giants' veterans were impressed with

Spring Training Notes: Catcher competition?

 The Giants' pitchers and catchers have been in Scottsdale now for the better part of a week, and on Sunday, they were joined by the rest of the position players. So far things have been pretty quiet on the Giants' front. The biggest news to take out of the first week of spring are a couple of injuries that were disclosed, as well as possible position battle shaping up at catcher. First off let's get to the injuries. The concerning one was the news about Marco Luciano's stress fracture on his back. The organization's top positional prospect had his season cut short due to back injuries last year and was supposed to make up some of those missed at bats in Dominican winter league ball. Unfortunately that didn't go as planned, and the Giants are not clear on when they expect the 21 year-old to return to the diamond. As of now, he looks to be in danger of not only missing all of spring but maybe having the start of his minor league regular season delayed as well. My

Five players key to the Giants' '23 success

 The Giants' fan fest has passed, the super bowl is just a week away and a few days after that pitchers and catchers officially arrive in Scottsdale. It's baseball time. Today I wanted to take a closer look at a few guys who I believe will be huge keys in determining how this 2023 season goes for the Giants.  Now, there are the obvious things that need to happen, and I won't discuss those because it's pretty common knowledge. Logan Webb must continue entrenching himself as a true ace. They need Camilo Doval to keep growing on the success he's had the last two seasons. They also need Brandon Crawford to improve upon his 2022 output and anchor that middle part of the diamond like he's capable of. This one isn't about those guys though.  Instead of the ace, the closer and the team's most tenured position player, who could help propel this team to 90+ wins and make them legit postseason contenders? I'll start with one of the newest additions, Michael Con