Wilson wants to be ready for 162


Wilson wants to be ready for 162

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Brian Wilson has obeyed everyinstruction from trainers and followed every step in the conservative timeline created forhim this spring as the Giants ease his right elbow back to full strength.

But when the season begins, Wilson doesnt want to be heldback.

I make the team healthy, there shouldnt be any worries orwhat-ifs or (thoughts of) maybe lightening the workload, he said on Saturday.You should be ready for 162 games.

Wilson continues to look healthy, if not completely lockedin. His third outing of the spring wasnt nearly as smooth as his first two andhe couldnt complete his scheduled inning on Saturday. But third baseman PabloSandoval threw away a potential double-play grounder that wouldve gottenWilson out of the inning quickly.

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Instead, Wilson had to push himself while throwing 30pitches before Scott Munter remember him? was summoned to get the finalout. The long outing was a good test for Wilsons elbow.

His stuff was fine and he had velocity, Giants managerBruce Bochy said. He was down to his last hitter and, never fails, he had tothrow nine or 10 pitches.

Wilson is starting to move from a rehabbing player to ahealthy, unrestricted one. He didnt think he needed to appear on consecutivedays until the end of the spring, saying its a valid point but that therewas no need to risk anything this early.

Bochy said he is eager to see how Wilson is able to bounceback, though.

Yeah, and Willie knows it, Bochy said. It would be greatto get that checked off and maybe get an out and go back out there.

Bochy said hed also like Wilson to go one-plus innings atsome point. He planned to avoid using Wilson for four- and five-out saves asmuch as he did in the past, but youd still like to have that option. Itd benice for Willie to occasionally do it.

Wilson is certainly sticking to the rest of his routine.Right-hander Clay Hensley has joined Wilsons intensive, constantly moving, boot-campstyle drills on the field that include running cones, crawling on all fours andsprinting with a parachute strapped to his waist.

Its not easy, Wilson said. I know that. He knows that.But thats the point. Its not easy to pitch.

Wilson went three-up, three-down in his first two outings. On Saturday, he was charged with an unearned run and struck out two while allowing a hit in addition to his two walks.

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.