Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring Training Game Wrap 3/12/2018: Giants 6 A's 5

Two young Giants, Chris Stratton and Steven Duggar, left a big, good, impression as the Giants edged out the A's.  Key Lines:

Joe Panic 2B- 1 for 2, BB.  BA= .348.  Feels like Average Joe is doing this while sitting in the rocking chair right now:  Get up, go to the park, get 1 or 2 hits and a walk, go home.

Nick Hundley C- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .444.  What a major luxury to have Hundley as the backup catcher!

Jarrett Parker DH- 1 for 3, 2B, BB. BA= .242.  OF competition is fierce.  Parker is not giving up without a fight.  He has the option numbers on his side.

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 2, HR(4), Sac.  BA= .300.  Speaking of not giving up without a fight....another statement game by Duggar! The dinger came off a lefty reliever.  Giants beats sound like he's ticketed to Sacramento, at least to start the season, but he's definitely making his case to be the starting CF on Opening Day.

Chris Stratton RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.25.  The Giants placed a lot of faith in Stratton this offseason and concentrated on shoring up several positions.  So far, Stratton is making that strategy look good.  Looks like he has a pretty firm grip on #4 starter.

Sam Dyson RHP- 0.2 IP,  4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 12.27.  Ooof!  I wish I have more confidence in the Giants Closer situation.  Melancon seems like he's about 1 pitch away from the DL and Dyson finished last season with 2 disaster Blown Saves.  Now this.


The Giants cut 13 players leaving 47 still in. camp:

Optioned:  Tyler Herb, Pierce Johnson, Chase Johnson, Reyes Maronta, DJ Snelton, Steven Okert, Aramis Garcia, Miguel Gomez

Reassigned:  Alen Hanson, Tyler Cyr, Jose Flores, Dereck Rodriguez, Madison Younginer.

The biggest surprise is probably Okert, with Josh Osich apparently sticking around for a longer look.


Fantasy Focus:  Around the League

Jharel Cotton RHP, A's- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.75.

Franklin Barreto 2B, A's- 1 for 2, HR(3).  BA= .300.  Barreto seems ready to be a star.  He needs a place to play.  Will that be 2B?

Dylan Cease RHP, White Sox- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Not sure if he has a chance to start the season in the ChiSox rotation but he must be getting close.  Former highly ranked draft prospect.

Sharlon Schoop 2B, Orioles- 2 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .379.   Schoop has become a reliable power option at 2B.

Dylan Bundy RHP, Orioles- 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 10.61.  Bundy needs to find consistency.

Jakob Junis RHP, Royals- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K.  ERA= 1.50.  Did you know Junis went 9-3, 4.30, 98.1 IP, 25 BB, 80 K's, 1.28 WHIP last year?  I know I didn't!  Sleeper alert!

Trevor Bauer RHP, Indians- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 6.75.  Bauer was inconsistent last year but had a K/9 greater than 9.

Jake Eflin RHP, Phillies- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 2.89.

Sean Newcomb LHP, Braves- 4.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.53.  Breakout alert!

Delino Deshields Jr CF, Rangers- 2 for 4, 2B, 2 SB(3).  BA= .387.  DeShields line last year was .269/.347/.367, 6 HR, 29 SB in 420 PA.  Rangers say he's going to be the full-time starting CF in 2018.  Rangers manager says he's going to steal 50 bases.  If you just project last year's numbers to 630 PA he has 45, so 50 is easily reachable.  If you are thinking of drafting Billy Hamilton for his SB's, DeShields projects to almost as many with much better surrounding numbers.  I mean, you can't steal 1B and DeShields gets on base!  Breakout Alert!


  1. Okert was a numbers game, not a failure. Sucks for him, but we've got Will Smith coming back, Tony Watson is the current LH top-dog and Josh Osich is pitching better.

  2. According to one report, Dyson was working on pitching quicker to the plate in this outing. Seems to put pitchers out of sync when they try something new.

    I agree that the beats are talking about Duggar (Dougar, not Dug-gar, as the announcers were saying) going to AAA to start the season. Though Schulman tweeted this morning that Duggar is still "very much in consideration to be the starting CF." Not sure if that is them saying based on what insiders have been intimating or from their gut.

    But I don't know what more Duggar could have done so far to win the competition. Schulman noted that with the Giants seeing more top-line starters and relievers now, Duggar will see stiffer pitching than he had before, and that his homer against Buchter "certainly helped his cause." The surprise for me is that there is zero talk about him being the front-runner right now, from the beats, which suggests that front office is still on the fence and hence why the beats note that he's likely to end up in AAA. I guess I'm hyped on Duggar right now, and think he'll pull it off and get the starting spot.

    Yeah, I would put Stratton in the #4 spot, but the talk I've seen so far is that the thought is that Blach would get the #4 call with the #5 skipped to allow Bumgarner to pitch 3 times in first 9 games, twice against Dodgers, as this would also allow the #4 starter to face Dodgers too. I still believe in Stratton a lot more than Blach right now.

    Regarding Osich and Okert, Okert should have one more option, but I'm not sure that Osich does, he's been in the majors for three seasons now, when do a player get a 4th option? Plus, Osich has much more MLB experience and his much older, Giants getting to the point where they fish or cut bait with him (I still like him, but I've liked others that they then cut...), and the Giants will need a 40-man spot if Blanco (either one) makes the team or Duggar for that matter (could be a reason why the Giants send him down to AAA, come to think...). Not sure who is next, but each cut could hurt, I think.

    1. MLBTR Tim Dierkes | March 12, 2018
      Giants: out of options:
      Cory Gearrin, Sam Dyson, Hunter Strickland, Gorkys Hernandez, Jarrett Parker

    2. I had forgotten that if Gorkys don't make the team, he gets DFAed and would open up a spot, Parker too.