Giants lineup: Posey catching, Belt in RF, no DH


Giants lineup: Posey catching, Belt in RF, no DH

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bruce Bochy has announced his lineupfor the Giants home game against the Chicago Cubs at Scottsdale StadiumTuesday.San Francisco GiantsAngel Pagan, CF
Melky Cabrera, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Buster Posey, C
Aubrey Huff, 1B
Brandon Belt, RF
Ryan Theriot, 2B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Madison Bumgarner, LHPThis is as close to what may be Bruce Bochys Opening Daylineup as weve seen so far in Cactus League play.

The only potential changes I can think of would be Freddy Sanchez starting atsecond base, assuming hes healthy and ready to go, and Nate Schierholtz inright field over Brandon Belt, who will either be on the bench or in Triple-A. Ofcourse, Tim Lincecum will be on the bump instead of Madison Bumgarner as well.Buster Posey is in his usual spot, catching and battingcleanup, and is scheduled to catch four innings. Bochy said Monday that Poseywill get the nod to DH in Wednesdays game.Other than Brandon Crawford, every played in Bochysstarting lineup got the day off Monday against the Kansas City Royals inSurprise.Aftey a flurry of transactions cut down the Giants spring roster, Bochy cangive his projected starters and players fighting for a big-league job moreopportunities to see game action.Nate Schierholtz is not in the lineup after playing Monday. He is nursing abruised hip that does not appear to be serious.Mike Fontenot expected to play against the Cubs after missing time with a groininjury, but is not in the starting lineup or on Bochys extras list. Check back after the game for updates on Fontenot andSchierholtz from Bochy.The only other interesting aspect of Tuesdays lineup is the noticeable absenceof a designated hitter. Bumgarner will get his hacks in at the plate inaddition to what will likely be four innings of work.

Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft


Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft

SAN FRANCISCO — A top pitching prospect highlighted the list of Giants added to the 40-man roster before Monday’s deadline. 

The Giants put right-hander Tyler Beede on their 40-man roster, along with Aramis Garcia, Tyler Herb and D.J. Snelten. The four players were protected from the Rule 5 draft, held in December on the final day of the annual Winter Meetings. To clear roster spots, the Giants designated Orlando Calixte and Micah Johnson for assignment and outrighted Dan Slania to Triple-A. 

Beede, a 24-year-old former first-round pick, likely would have ended up on the roster earlier if not for a groin injury that ended his Triple-A season early. The Giants anticipated him making a September debut, but he ended up needing time in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost innings. Beede was sharp in the AFL once he knocked the rust off, allowing three runs over 10 innings in his final two starts. He is expected to compete for a rotation spot at some point next year, although he also stands as one of the organization’s best offseason trade chips. 

Garcia, 24, has struggled with injuries at times in the minors, but he hit 17 homers in just 402 at-bats in 2017 and earned a promotion to Double-A Richmond. Garcia is currently one of just two catchers on the 40-man roster. 

Herb was essentially the player to be named later in the Chris Heston deal. The 25-year-old had a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts for Double-A Richmond last season. Snelten is a lefty reliever who had a 2.20 ERA across two levels last season and could break into the big leagues as a bullpen weapon next year. 

The roster now stands at 40 after the churn, which included a couple of players picked up as flyers because the Giants are at the front of the waiver process. Johnson was added in October and infielder Engelb Vielma, added during the season, was claimed by the Phillies on a  waiver claim. Slania, who made his big league debut during the season, cleared waivers and joins Triple-A Sacramento’s offseason roster. 

Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade


Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

On Monday morning, some important details emerged.

The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.

Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.

The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.

The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.

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The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.

In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.

He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.

Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.