Thursday, November 7, 2013
2014 Giants Depth Chart: Third Base
No Giants player in my memory has been at the same time as lovable and exasperating as Pablo Sandoval. He has 1 more season left on his current contract after which he will be a free agent making it interesting to look at what the Giants might be able to replace him with from within the organization.
MLB Starter: Pablo Sandoval .278/.341/.417, 14 HR. Pablo started the season in obviously terrible shape and it clearly affected his performance and ability to stay on the field. His brother is a professional chef and came to live with him and cook healthy meals. Pablo dropped some weight and was moving much better by the end of the season. He hit .322/.410/.540 in September, but 3 of his 4 HR's came in one game after he took some needling from Brandon Crawford about his power. As always, you get the feeling that he has this incredible talent that allows him to do pretty much anything he wants at any time, and motivation is huge. He did hit .294/.371/.443 after the All-Star Break.
In his end-of-season press conference, Brian Sabean sounded pretty fed up with the Panda and it would not be a shock if he was traded over the winter, but the most likely scenario is the Giants hoping that playing for a contract will keep him motivated and they will deal with the future after the season ends.
MLB Reserve: Joaquin Arias .271/.284/.342. Arias is a superior defender at 3B but has very limited power and never walks. Much as everybody is frustrated with Pablo, Arias would be a huge downgrade.
AAA: Chris Dominguez .294/.334/.464, 15 HR, 16 E. Dominguez has enormous power potential but extreme contact isuses. He seemed to concentrate on hitting for a higher BA in 2013 and still hit 15 HR's. I could see him repeating AAA and if he continues to hit well, he might be a plausible replacement for Pablo in 2015. He turns 27 years old this month.
AA: Adam Duvall .252/.320/.465, 17 HR, 18 E. Duvall missed some time with injury but continued to show impressive power in the toughest place to hit on Earth. His throws to 1B tend to sail on him and he still made quite a few errors. Who gets the PT at Fresno next year, Dominguez or Duvall?
High A: Myles Schroder .296/.359/.467, 6 3B, 6 HR, 12 SB, 15 E. I like Schroder, but more as a potential future utility guy. He can play multiple positions and may move somewhere else at higher levels if his way is blocked by Duvall and Dominguez.
Low A: Mitch Delfino .270/.324/.413, 13 HR, 35 BB, 76 K, 477 AB, 13 E. I see Delfino as a real sleeper in the system. He has no one outstanding attribute but does everything well. Promoted to SJ for the Cal League playoffs. Was the only SJ Giants who did not seem to be baffled by the junk the IE pitchers were throwing in the game I saw. Should be the starting 3B for SJ in 2014.
Short Season: Ryan Tuntland .254/.393/.393, 3 HR, 26 BB, 30 K in 122 AB. Nice pro debut for a lower round draft pick.
Rookie AZL: Ryder Jones .317/.394/.400, 1 HR.
Jonah Arenado .211/.286/.263 in 38 AB.
Nice pro debut for the Giants second round draft pick. I would think he'll be the starter for Augusta in 2014. Arenado is more of a project who will either repeat the AZL or go to Salem-Keizer next summer.
DSL Nathanael Javier .229/.276/.326, 2 HR. A bit of a rough pro start for the bonus baby. He was hammered with a 50 game suspension for anabolic steroid use after the season ended. That is pretty much a full season of short season ball, so that is a big deal.