Sunday, February 26, 2017

Spring Training Game Wrap 2/26/2017: Giants 9 Reds 5

The Giants hit three 2-run dingers to outslug the Reds in Goodyear, AZ.  Key Lines:

Jimmy Rollins SS- 1 for 2, BB.  BA= .333.  Rollins got on base twice and scored twice while batting leadoff.

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .600.  One of the bigger keys to the Giants 2017 season is whether Joe Panik can bounce back from a disappointing season.  He's looking great so far!

Jarrett Parker RF- 2 for 2, HR(1), 2 BB.  BA= .500.  Parker threw it down today.  OK teaml, listen up!  Here's the deal.  If Parker and Williamson both have great springs, the guy who is out of options is going to get the LF job, so it's basically Parker's to lose.  He certainly didn't lose it with today's performance!

Mac Williamson LF- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .400.  Williamson had a day himself and added a sliding catch of a tailing liner in LF to prevent an XBH.

Conor Gillaspie 3B- 1 for 2, HR(1).  BA= .500.  Gillaspie served notice that he is not going to just give up his roster spot.

Miguel Gomez 3B- 1 for 2.  BA= .333.  Gotta mention good games from the rooks.

Jae-Gyun Hwang DH- 1 for 3.  BA= .333.  Hwang is hitting pretty well in the early going.  If he keeps it up, it's going to be hard to keep him off the Opening Day roster.

Matt Moore LHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.75.  The Run is a bit deceiving her as Moore walked the first batter of the second inning then left the game after striking out the next batter.  Matt Reynolds replaced him and got lit up while the inherited runner scored.

Tyler Beede RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Beede successfully negotiated 2 scoreless innings, ending the second on a GIDP.

Albert Suarez RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Suarez is competing to keep his long relief/6'th starter role from last year.

Dan Slania RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Scoreless inning for Big Dan.


The Giants return to Scottsdale tomorrow for a game against the A's with Jeff Samardzija making his first spring appearance with Sonny Gray getting the start for the A's.


Around the League:  Tyler Glasnow, a phenom from last year who had a rough MLB debut late last year for the Pirates, struck out 6 batters while allowing 1 hit in 2 innings of work today.


  1. In spite of the dearth in competition (Cincinnati and the Cubs B team), winning beats losing, and there have been some really good vibes and only Matt Reynolds has really been completely disappointing (although all the damage to him was done by RHBs if that's at all mitigating).
    Here's a look at MLBs Giants preseason top 10s for the last 6 years:
    Some sobering names in there, with only Panik and Duffy Top 10 impact players, maybe Blach, Williamson, Okert, and ALL TEN of the 2017 group will join their ranks!

    1. Yeah... It's looks like it's been a train-wreck. But when you think about it.. THere are only 25 players on a club. So if quality players have careers spanning 10-to-15 years... You're only looking at needing one-to-two quality successes from your entire farm system, per year, to maintain your winning team.

      And they may come from 11-20 (or even lower)... Derek Law #25 in 2015 (#16 in 2014). Matt Duffy, #17 in 2014. Hunter Strickland (#13 in 2014). Kelby Tomlinson (was he ever ranked?). Trevor Brown (was he ever ranked?).

      Or they maybe they're used to bring in players. Matt Duffy & Lucius Fox turned into Matt Moore. Tommy Joseph and Nate Schierholtz turned into Hunter Pence. Adam Duvall turned into Mike Leake. And while not all trades work to our favor, you can't know until later and none of them were particularly insane.

      But the ranking system doesn't always get it right as it's too 5-Tools oriented (IMO). Brandon Belt was in AAA in 2011. He didn't make the Top-10. I guess he's shown them...

      And Crawford... I don't know where he was ranked at MLB, it certainly wasn't Top-10 in 2011 when he was called up out of AAA (where he was hitting .224), but I know most people gave him fairly low prospect grades because he just didn't hit in the higher levels of the minors.

      So maybe the Top-10 isn't working out as well as the prospect-rankers call it. But the farm is, generally speaking, doing a good job.

  2. I think I recently read that Evans, or maybe it was Bochy, was on record saying that Williamson could use a little more AAA time if he doesn't take the job out-right. So I agree that it's probably Parker's to lose.

  3. It's early but you have to like the way the Giants are coming out and swinging the bats. I think there are going to be some tough decisions come cut time and the club should come out stronger this year than last. Also saw where Pagan is still looking for a team thought the Nats have some interest. I would have thought he would have landed somewhere by now on a short term deal. Not sure he's not better than a couple of outfielders we have, assuming he'd take a bench role.

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