Pagan hears, responds to Bochy's 'wakeup call'


Pagan hears, responds to Bochy's 'wakeup call'


DENVER Giants manager Bruce Bochy didnt stare directly atAngel Pagan throughout Fridays pregame meeting. His message was meant for thegroup, even if some players needed to hear it more than others.

But clearly, Pagan was the most frustrated hitter in theGiants lineup. His mind had becoming a tangle of frustration and fixation. Afree agent after the season, and with the outfield suddenly pinched with thearrival of Hunter Pence, you couldnt blame Pagan for feeling a sense ofurgency panic, even to start putting up numbers.

Sitting him wouldve been the easiest course of action. ButGregor Blanco hasnt been a dynamo in the leadoff spot of late, either. And theGiants know what kind of everyday impact Pagan can make when hes healthy andin a good frame of mind. They saw it just a couple months ago, when he hitsafely in a remarkable 46 of 48 games. They saw the way he efficiently stolebases and put himself into scoring position. They knew he could be every bitthe spark that Andres Torres was in 2010.

So Bochy held that meeting, and challenged his hitters to manup and compete better.

REWIND: Bochy challenges Giants

Then he put Pagan in the leadoff spot for the first timesince May 22.

Pagan responded in the Giants 16-4 victory over theColorado Rockies. He finished a home run away from the cycle while also drawinga walk the first time hes reached base four times in a game via hit or walk sinceMay 18 -- 62 games ago.
RECAP: Giants 16, Rockies 4
Pagans problems mostly have been from the left side, and hewas batting right-handed when he doubled and walked against Jonathan Sanchez.But Pagan later cranked an RBI triple from the left side against right-handerMike Ekstrom, and he also reached on an infield single.

He scored aggressively on a wild pitch, too.

He put himself in position to utilize his speed something hehadnt done while the strikeouts were piling up.

That was huge for us, and for him, Bochy said. He reallyput together a nice game. Sometimes you end up fighting yourself instead ofdoing what youre supposed to do, and thats competing.

Pagan said he appreciated Bochys message, calling it awakeup call.

But he also credited hitting coach Hensley Bam Bam Meulensand hitting coordinator Joe Lefebvre for helping him key on some mechanicalthings he was doing in previous seasons.

A good game like that is a good start for me, Pagan said. Imade an adjustment in the cage and I took it out there. But tomorrow is anotherday. I need to keep doing it, and thats the most important thing.

That meeting was very encouraging. We needed somebody topick us up because the energy level was down. We have to be honest about that.We needed to go out and have fun.

The Giants need more games like this from Pagan.

"We need him," Buster Posey said. "Hes going to be huge for us. With his speed,he can do a lot of things, so it was nice to see him swinging the bat welltonight."

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.