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Giants' Bryce Eldridge: Viewed solely as first baseman
Eldridge will only focus on developing as a first baseman going forward, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Eldridge was announced as a two-way player when the Giants selected him with the 16th pick in the 2023 Draft, but the team believes Eldridge has the potential to be a great hitter and will now abandon hopes of using him on the mound. The 19-year-old prospect slashed .294/.400/.505 across 130 plate appearances between rookie ball and Single-A last year, and he'll look to continue moving up San Francisco's farm system in 2024.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Alex Cobb: Throws off mound
Cobb (hip) threw 12 pitches off a mound Sunday and will have another session Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Cobb had left hip surgery in October and isn't expected to be available until the middle of the season. Previous reports indicated he may begin facing hitters in spring training, but he's still got a long way to go before he can push for a rotation spot. With Cobb out early in the season, Tristan Beck and Keaton Winn are considered front-runners to round out the Giants' rotation.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Keaton Winn: Good shot at rotation spot
Giants manager Bob Melvin indicated Tuesday that Winn is in a favorable spot to capture one of the open spots in the rotation, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Melvin noted that he has four pitchers in mind in competition for the fourth and fifth rotation spots, but Winn and Tristan Beck are the clear early front-runners. Winn, 26, posted a 4.68 ERA and 35:8 K:BB across 42.1 frames covering five starts and four relief appearances with San Francisco in 2023. The Giants will eventually get Alex Cobb (hip) and Robbie Ray (elbow) back, but Winn and Beck could both have time to establish themselves before then.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Tristan Beck: Leg up on rotation spot?
Giants manager Bob Melvin indicated Tuesday that Beck is in good position to win one of the spots in the rotation, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Beck, 27, pitched mostly in relief for the Giants in 2023, collecting a 3.92 ERA and 68:21 K:BB over 85 innings covering 33 appearances (three starts). He's mostly been a starter in the minors, though, and it sounds like he'll get a chance to be part of the Giants' rotation at least until Alex Cobb (hip) and Robbie Ray (elbow) are ready. Keaton Winn is the other likely candidate to slide in behind Logan Webb, Jordan Hicks and Kyle Harrison.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Michael Conforto: Seen as everyday left fielder
Conforto is expected to handle an everyday role in left field, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Prior to the Jorge Soler signing, Conforto was projected as the designated hitter, but that has changed. It's still early in spring training, and there's a chance another outfielder could infringe on Conforto's role, namely Luis Matos. Blake Sabol also played some left field in 2023, but for now, it's Conforto's job to lose.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Mike Yastrzemski: Nursing shoulder impingement
Yastrzemski could be limited for the first 7-to-10 days of Giants camp because of a left shoulder impingement, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Yastrzemski is still able to play catch from 90 feet and isn't limited from a hitting perspective, so the injury doesn't seem like something for his fantasy managers to be overly concerned about. The 33-year-old is currently projected to serve as San Francisco's right fielder against right-handed pitching.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Warren: Moves to 60-day IL
Warren (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Sunday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
The move to the long-term IL was an eventuality, as Warren underwent Tommy John surgery last May and isn't expected to be available until midseason. The right-hander joined the Giants on a one-year deal last week and has a 3.55 ERA in 32 big-league appearances over his career.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Sean Hjelle: Preparing for long relief
Hjelle is expected to function as a long reliever in 2024, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Hjelle came up through the minors as a starter, but all 23 of his major-league appearances so far have come out of the bullpen. The right-hander is not stretching out as a starter this spring, which signals he'll be a multi-inning option out of the bullpen. That role comes with little fantasy interest, especially since it doesn't seem like manager Bob Melvin will deploy an opener as often as his predecessor, Gabe Kapler.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Luis Matos: Could see time in center
Matos may see time in center field until Austin Slater (elbow) is ready to play, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Previous projections had Matos as the everyday left fielder, but the addition of Jorge Soler at designated hitter will have a ripple effect with Michael Conforto needing an outfield spot on at least a platoon basis. Jung Hoo Lee still figures to get most of the time in center field, and it's possible Matos ends up functioning more like a fourth outfielder unless he wins a starting role out of camp. As long as Matos makes the team, he should be in the lineup regularly versus left-handed pitchers, though it's unclear how much manager Bob Melvin will rely on platoons to balance playing time in a deep outfield.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Erik Miller: In contention for bullpen spot
Manager Bob Melvin said Miller is in contention to be one of the Giants' left-handed relievers to begin 2024, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The Giants added Miller to the 40-man roster in November to shield him from the Rule 5 Draft. He has yet to make his major-league debut, but he showed plenty of promise with a 2.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 88:45 K:BB over 62.1 innings between Triple-A Sacramento and Double-A Richmond last season. The walk rate is the biggest point of concern for Miller, though it's something that is a long-standing issue for the southpaw. Even if Miller makes the Giants' major-league roster, he'll likely begin 2024 as a low-leverage option.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Pablo Sandoval: Invited to Giants camp
Sandoval signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Saturday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Sandoval hasn't played in the majors since 2021, but the 37-year-old will attempt a comeback after spending the last two seasons in Mexico and Dubai. His odds of making the big-league roster are low, but perhaps the Giants add him to their bench later in the year as a farewell to a player who has spent 11 seasons with the team.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Brett Wisely: Could see time at shortstop
Wisely is in contention for games at shortstop, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Wisely's likely best suited for a utility role if he breaks camp with the Giants, but shortstop is a thin position for the team. The unproven Marco Luciano is viewed as the favorite to start, while Casey Schmitt, Tyler Fitzgerald and Thairo Estrada could also see action at the position. Wisely isn't likely to be a great fantasy option after slashing .175/.231/.267 across 131 plate appearances in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Casey Schmitt: In mix for shortstop job
Schmitt is in the mix to be the Giants' starting shortstop, though he begins the spring behind Marco Luciano on the depth chart, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Schmitt is a versatile defender who could also slot in at second base or third base. He appeared in 90 games for the Giants as a rookie last season, posting a .206/.255/.324 slash line with five home runs, 30 RBI, 28 runs scored, 15 doubles and two stolen bases. Schmitt could end up being a utility option, but his strong defense should allow him to open the season in the majors.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Wilmer Flores: No defined role at start of spring
Flores is not expected to begin 2024 with a set position, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
It's a familiar refrain for Flores, who was a utility player at times in 2023 and still slashed .284/.355/.509 with a career-high 23 home runs and 60 RBI over 126 games. He'll likely have an easier time finding a spot against left-handed pitchers, but manager Bob Melvin notes his splits are acceptable against right-handers. The addition of Jorge Soler likely takes designated hitter away from the places Flores will see time, but he can fill in at a variety of infield positions.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Blake Sabol: Could get looks at first base
Sabol will likely get a look at first base in spring training, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Sabol, a natural catcher, is behind at least Patrick Bailey and Tom Murphy at that position. He also saw time in left field last season, but manager Bob Melvin wants to add more versatility to Sabol's profile. The 26-year-old had to stay on the major-league roster all of last season after being acquired in the Rule 5 draft from the Reds, but Sabol will be able to be optioned to the minors if he can't carve out at least a utility role in 2024.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Robbie Ray: Placed on IL
The Giants placed Ray (elbow) on the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Ray's 40-man roster spot will be given to Austin Warren, who signed with the Giants on Wednesday. Ray underwent Tommy John surgery in May and has recently been cleared to throw three times per week, but he is not expected to join the Giants' rotation until the second half of the season.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Austin Warren: Signing with San Francisco
Warren (elbow) agreed to a one-year contract with the Giants on Wednesday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Warren was designated for assignment and subsequently released by the Angels last week, but it didn't take long for him to latch on with a new team. The right-hander missed most of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May, so he's likely to also be sidelined for the first half of 2024.... See More ... See Less
Giants' Jung Hoo Lee: Projected as full-time leadoff man
Manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday that he "would be shocked" if Lee didn't open the season as the Giants' leadoff man against both right- and left-handed pitching, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
A rough adjustment period to North American pitching during spring training could alter the Giants' plans for Lee, but San Francisco brought in the 25-year-old outfielder from Korea on a lavish six-year, $113 million deal with the full expectation that the high-contact rate and on-base skills he displayed in the Korea Baseball Organization would immediately translate to MLB. Lee didn't consistently hit for power or flash elite speed during his time in the KBO, but he should be a plus source of batting average and a strong source of runs if he ends up sticking atop the lineup permanently in his first season with the Giants. He's expected to play regularly in center field to begin the campaign, as Lee has already made a full recovery from the surgery he underwent on his left ankle last summer.... See More ... See Less
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