Giants grooming Sandoval at third, not first


Giants grooming Sandoval at third, not first

DENVER Pablo Sandoval continued to make progress in hisbid to return from a strained hamstring when eligible on Thursday. He ransprints, took batting practice and fielded ground balls.

Notably, those grounders came at third base, not first base.

Mindful of the fact that Sandoval injured himself while stretchingfor a throw at first base, the Giants are prepping their All-Star switch-hitterwith a conservative mindset.

Im not going to rule out first base, Giants manager BruceBochy said. But obviously with what happened, well be a little more hesitantto put him back there.

The Giants also have abandoned the idea of putting HectorSanchez at first base. All of that bodes well for Brandon Belt and Brett Pill,although Buster Posey will continue to get starts at the position on selecteddays when Sanchez is behind the plate. In fact, full days off for Posey willbecome rarer as the Giants head down the stretch and the games become all themore significant.

As it is, its not easy to take Poseys bat out of thelineup. Hes hitting .463 with five home runs and 22 RBIs since the All-Starbreak.

Returning to Sandoval: Hes going to graduate to runningcurves on Sunday and then run bases after that. The Giants remain optimistic hecan return for Thursdays road-trip finale in St. Louis or when they begintheir next homestand on Friday. But they acknowledge they wont have a trueread on his hamstring until Sandoval really begins to push it on the bases.

With Sandoval on the DL and Emmanuel Burriss off the roster,who, pray tell, is the Giants emergency catcher?

He probably doesnt know it yet, but Arias, Bochy said.

That would be backup infielder Joaquin Arias. Has he evercaught before?

I dont think so, Bochy said.

It remains to be seen if Bochy will leave Angel Pagan in theleadoff spot against right-handed pitchers. But Bochy agreed that when a switch-hitterbegins to have success from one side, it can carry over to the other.

Bochy mentioned his experience managing Ken Caminiti with thePadres.

He said when the right side would come along first, it wasunbelievable how the left side would get better, too, Bochy said.

The Rockies havent named a starter for Sunday but theyactivated right-hander Edgmer Escalona today. The talk is that itll beEscalona if he isnt used in relief on Saturday.

Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton


Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

The hot stove is heating up. 

Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name swirling in trade rumors and the Giants are reportedly pushing forward in their attempt to acquire the slugger. San Francisco's front office has proposed a trade to Miami for Stanton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Details of what the Giants offered have not been reported yet. 

Stanton, who recently turned 28, is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

On Thursday, Stanton was named the National League MVP after hitting .281 with a league-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI. The last MVP to be traded in the offseason after winning the award was Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees before the 2004 season. 

How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League


How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League came to an end for seven Giants prospects on Thursday as the Scottsdale Scorpions (12-17-1) came up short from playing in Saturday's championship game. 

Let's take a look at how these seven names fared against some of the top young talent in all of baseball. 

The Hitters

As the Giants are linked to trade targets in center field like Billy Hamilton and Jackie Bradley Jr., a young in-house option only helped his case in the desert.

Steven Duggar likely would have seen the AT&T outfield this season, but his season was hindered by injuries, keeping him to only 44 games between three levels. With the Scorpions, Duggar took advantage of his opportunity with more at-bats. 

Duggar left Arizona with a .263/.367/.421 slash line over 20 games. The speedy lefty also stole nine bases and hit three home runs. Even if the Giants go for an experienced glove in center field this offseason and keep Duggar, the 24-year-old has also played 135 games in right field during his minor league career. 

For the second straight year, the Giants sent catcher Aramis Garcia to the AFL. And he's sure to be coming home much happier this go around with an up-and-down campaign.

Splitting time behind the plate with three other catchers, Garcia appeared in 13 games and slashed .259/.293/.333 and hit one home run. Garcia struggled to get one base with only one walk to 10 strikeouts, but showed his natural ability to drive runs in with 10 RBI. 

Rounding out the Giants' trio of bats they sent to Arizona is arguably their top prospect, but his time in the AFL was cut short. Chris Shaw only played in five games and hit .158. He dealt with a sore shoulder.

The Pitchers

The Giants sent two starting pitchers (Tyler Beede and Joan Gregorio) and two relievers (Tyler Cyr and D.J. Snelten) to the AFL. 

Pitching for the first time in nearly three months, Beede showed exactly why he's the Giants' top pitching prospect. Beede went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts, but his final three show the potential he's full of -- 14 innings pitched, three earned runs, a 1.93 ERA, 10 strikeouts and only one walk. 

Gregorio, who was suspended this season for Performance Enhancing Drugs, pitched in eight games (three starts) for Scottsdale. He left with a 1-0 record and 5.87 ERA. In Triple-A, Gregorio went 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA this year over 13 starts. The 25-year-old presents an interesting arm that can help sooner than later in the bullpen. 

Cyr's stats don't look pretty (0-1, 5.63 ERA, 8 IP), but he's catching some attention. The right-hander was named to the Fall Stars Game and is most likely to start 2018 in Triple-A after converting 18 saves at Double-A in 2017. 

Snelten, a 6-foot-7 lefty, impressed in eight appearances out of the bullpen. He didn't allow an earned run until his final outing of the fall, bringing his ERA from a perfect 0.00 to 2.25 in 12 innings pitched.

After combining for a 2.20 ERA to go with an 8-1 record between Double-A and Triple-A in 2017, Snelten is a name to know as the Giants look to find more lefties for their bullpen.