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Giants top prospect Heliot Ramos joins Joey Bart in Arizona Fall League

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Ali Thanawalla

Giants top prospect Heliot Ramos joins Joey Bart in Arizona Fall League

The Giants are sending their top two prospects to the Arizona Fall League this year to face some of the best young talent in baseball. 

Center fielder Heliot Ramos will join Joey Bart on the Scottsdale Scorpions, 16 days after their season ends in Double-A with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Bart and Ramos are joining five other Giants in the AFL, with full rosters revealed Wednesday. 

San Francisco's best two prospects have played with each other all season long. They began the year in High Class A with the San Jose Giants and were promoted to Double-A on the same day. The duo even played in the Futures Game against each other this year. 

On Aug. 20, it was announced that Bart would play in the AFL, prompting speculation Ramos would join him. 

Ramos, 19, has been the Giants' most impressive prospect this season. The teenage center fielder made huge strides at the plate in San Jose, slashing .306/.385/.500 with 13 homers and 18 doubles. He's cooled down in the pitcher-friendly Eastern League, batting .217 with two long balls in 18 games for Richmond, but he's extremely young for Double-A. 

Before being promoted, Ramos impressed California League coaches so much that they awarded him three different honors: Best Power, Best Defensive Outfielder and Most Exciting Prospect. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds, the first-round pick from the 2017 MLB Draft has shown off five-tool potential this year. 

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Ramos and Bart will be joined by Giants prospects Tristan Beck, Jalen Miller, Jacob Heyward, Frank Rubio and Bryce Tucker. 

The future of the Giants begins with Bart and Ramos. Challenging them in the desert will only help get them to San Francisco faster.

Giants' New Era 'Team Describe' hats represent city of San Francisco

Giants' New Era 'Team Describe' hats represent city of San Francisco

One of the best things about the game of baseball is the sense of community you feel when attending a game.

Before you sit down in your seat perhaps you go to a local bar to indulge in a beverage ... or two. Maybe you take public transportation to the event. It's all about coming together.

New Era, MLB's official on-field headwear provider, dropped a line of hats that embrace the cities MLB teams play the game in.

The Giants got some of the hometown treatment with a hat of their own in the "Team Describe" line.

It appears the theme of the hats (with only a select few from MLB and the NBA) has a specific item next to the team's logo in the front with some food component to represent the celebrated city on the back.

You can check out the San Francisco hat that represents the city here as well as the other cities.

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The Giants logo sits next to a cable car on the front with some sushi on the back of it. 

What do you think? 

Report: Giants add Gold Glove winner Yolmer Sanchez to second base competition

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Report: Giants add Gold Glove winner Yolmer Sanchez to second base competition

With two weeks until workouts begin at Scottsdale Stadium, the Giants reportedly have added another player to the mix at second base. 

Yolmer Sanchez, who won a Gold Glove at second base for the White Sox last season, will be in camp as a non-roster invitee, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Sanchez turned down two major league jobs in order to compete for the starting job in San Francisco. 

The Giants ended 2019 with Mauricio Dubon providing excitement at second base, but the plan is for Dubon to move around this season, getting starts at shortstop as well and possibly filling the hole in center field. Sanchez, a switch-hitter, will enter the spring competing with Dubon and Donovan Solano for playing time at second base. 

The 27-year-old was a surprise Gold Glove winner last season, beating out Jose Altuve and D.J. LeMahieu to become the first White Sox position player to win a Gold Glove since 1998. Sanchez grew up idolizing Omar Vizquel, and he led American League second basemen last season with 11 Defensive Runs Saved. 

That was not enough, however, to keep him on the roster of an up-and-coming White Sox team. The defense had Sanchez due for a raise in arbitration and the White Sox waived him in early December. 

While Sanchez is elite with the glove, he has been a light hitter in the big leagues. Sanchez had a .252/.318/.321 slash line last year with two homers in 555 plate appearances. By OPS+, he has been below league average as a hitter in all six of his big league seasons, but he did do a decent job against lefties last season -- posting a .738 OPS -- and that could put him in the lineup with Dubon or Solano at times. Sanchez also has experience at third base and the Giants do not currently have a backup for Evan Longoria. 

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The Giants jettisoned a player with a similar profile -- Joe Panik -- last summer and turned the job over to Dubon, who had a .754 OPS down the stretch. A starting group of Sanchez, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Longoria would give the Giants one of the strongest defensive infields in the National League, although they'll have to find offense somewhere. The lineup has still not been notably upgraded this offseason.