Saturday, October 29, 2016

Giants 2017 Depth Charts: Second Base

Joe Panik is the incumbent Giants second baseman, but is coming off the second consecutive year of significant missed playing time, this time due to a concussion from a HBP.  He struggled mightily in the second half of the season, but his bat came to life in the postseason giving hope that 2017 could be his breakout year.  At his best, he's capable of a .300+ BA with enough pop that I think he could get to 20 HR's.  On the other hand, if he gets hurt again or struggles at the plate again, there are options waiting to take his place.


Joe Panik, 26 yo.  .239/.315/.379.  See above.

Kelby Tomlinson, 27 yo.  .292/.370/.330.  By the end of the season, Kelby might have been the toughest out on the Giants roster.  Dude just never, ever gives up on an AB!  Not a lot of pop there, though, which will probably limit him to being a bench player.

Ehire Adrianza, 27 yo.  .254/.299/.381.  Adrianza's biggest problem is he just can't seem to stay healthy.  I don't see room on the 25 man roster for both Kelby and Adrianza.  I'd lean toward Kelby, but the options game may favor Adrianza.


Ali Castillo, 28 yo.  .309/.342/.354.  Reputed to be a defensive wizard.  He also hit a little for both Richmond and Sacramento.  I think he's a minor league FA, so not a lock to remain in the organization.


Christian Arroyo, 22 yo.  .274/.316/.373.  The Giants appear to be currently grooming Arroyo to replace Nunez/Gillaspie at 3B in 2018, but he also played some 2B last year and Joe Panik is not looking like a lock to be the Giants 2B of the long term future.

Brandon Bednar, 25 yo.  .286/.316/.371.  Tall rangy guy who doesn't look like a middle infielder.  He's probably an organizational player at this point.


TJ Bennett, 24 yo.  .284/.357/.482, 9 HR.  Big for  a 2B, Bennett was signed out of indy ball and hit very well for the SJ Giants.  Maybe he'll get a chance to show what he can do in Richmond?

Low A:

Jalen Miller, 20 yo.  .223/.271/.322.  Miller might be the most tooled up prospect in the system, but needs to hit in order to put those tools to use.  Augusta is a notoriously tough hitting environment.


Kevin Rivera, 21 yo.  .320/.352/.435.  A bit of a sleeper in the system, Rivera found some traction with a breakout season in S-K.  Can he keep it going at higher levels?


Michael Bernal, 24 yo.  .260/.337/.473.  Not particularly impressive numbers for a 24 yo college draftee in rookie ball.


Wascar DeLeon, 19 yo.  .268/.388/.309.  Came on strong in the second half hitting .316 over his last 10 games.  Will that get him to Arizona?

Nishell Gutierrez, 18 yo.  .226/.303/.269.  This line probably gets him a second season in the DSL.


  1. Hopefully next year it's No Panik .

    1. Just to clarify, I meant no back injuries, head injuries just full throttle Joe as that seems to be his baseball attitude.