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Bruce Bochy says Giants prospect from Andrew McCutchen trade could start soon

Bruce Bochy says Giants prospect from Andrew McCutchen trade could start soon

DENVER -- The general consensus last week was that the Giants did pretty well in getting two solid prospects back in exchange for one month of Andrew McCutchen. They're wasting no time taking a look at the more advanced one. 

Abiatal Avelino, a 23-year-old middle infielder, joined the big league roster Tuesday after spending the final three days of the minor league season with Triple-A Sacramento. Ryder Jones was also added in the final round of September additions. 

Avelino is considered more advanced with the glove than with the bat and could see some time at shortstop this month as the Giants rest Brandon Crawford, who has been banged-up for much of the second half. He also will be used as a pinch-runner and potentially a pinch-hitter. 

"He runs well. He has good actions at shortstop, a really good arm," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He looks comfortable out there. I have a guy I can use late in games to pinch-run or pinch-hit. He's got some pop. He's intriguing in that you can move him around similar to (Alen) Hanson."

Giants coaches kept a close eye on Avelino during batting practice and liked what they saw. He has a strong build for a middle infielder and showed off a very strong arm while doing drills at shortstop. There's also some flair to his game. He asked for backhanded plays to end his time at short and jumped and pumped his fist after making a play from deep in the hole. Bochy said there's a chance Avelino could make a start in Milwaukee this weekend. 

Avelino will end up playing for four different teams at three levels this season. He broke out with 10 homers and a .945 OPS for Double-A Trenton this season but had a .663 OPS after his promotion to the Yankees' Triple-A squad. In three games for the River Cats, Avelino was 2-for-13 and stole two bases. Overall, he had a .767 OPS in the minors this season, with 15 homers, eight triples and 13 doubles. Avelino stole 27 bases in 33 attempts. 

As for Jones, the Giants know quite a bit about him after he played down the stretch last year, and he showed his power by homering in his only game up this season. For the next 23 games he'll serve as a backup at third and Brandon Belt's primary backup at first. With Belt battling a sore knee, Jones could see a few starts over the next month. 

Giants' Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after Gabe Kapler took his

Giants' Mauricio Dubon needs jersey number after Gabe Kapler took his

Gabe Kapler had his introductory press conference as the Giants' new manager, and he's chosen his uniform number as well.

The skipper has chosen No. 19 to sport this season, which means young infielder Mauricio Dubon will have to choose a new number -- and he needs your help.

He recently took to Twitter and asked what number he should wear now that he has to make the switch: 

No. 21 appeared to stand out from a Milwaukee Brewer's fan account, since Honduras became a country in 1821. Dubon was born in Honduras in 1994 (sorry to make you guys feel old).

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Five-time All-Star second baseman Jeff Kent also sported the number with San Francisco.

We shall see ... 

Giants continue Triples Alley construction, moving bullpens off field

Giants continue Triples Alley construction, moving bullpens off field

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gabe Kapler and Scott Harris both went through the same drill earlier this week, standing near the home dugout at Oracle Park as a team photographer grabbed shots from their first days on the job. Behind the two new members of the brain trust, construction workers continued the work that started last month.

The Giants plan to make an official announcement about the changing dimensions of their ballpark, and the new locations of the bullpen, soon, but those who attended the press conferences this week -- and a TopGolf event the park hosted last week -- got a sneak preview. 

A chunk of the bleacher seats in right center have already been ripped out to make room for the new bullpens, and some seats have also been taken out in left center to accommodate other changes to the ballpark. But team president and CEO Larry Baer said the changes won't be drastic for hitters. 

"Triples Alley will still be Triples Alley, just with some refinements," Baer said. 

The Giants are still figuring out some of the exact details, but they know the bullpens will be side-by-side in center and right center. The kale garden will remain, although it sounds like there will be some changes to the dimensions out there because the center-field wall is coming in about six feet, which should please hitters. 

The deepest part of the park -- the nemesis for Brandon Belt and other left-handed hitters -- is 421 feet and will ultimately be closer to 410 feet when the construction is done, the Giants think. The Giants put a bar underneath the new scoreboard last season and plan to have additional changes, including a terrace, out there this year, continuing a trend around the game -- seen across the bridge in Oakland -- of having more gathering spots for fans. 

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Even as they held two press conferences last week, the Giants remained coy about their exact plans for the dimensions, but they expect to take out about 400 seats.

Some of those may be made up for in other spots. There is a short wall separating the old bullpens from the first row of seats and about 80 feet of that wall has been taken down on both sides of the park, which would seem to indicate that the Giants are going to add some premium seating in some of that territory.