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How Giants prospects performed in Week 3 of the Arizona Fall League

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How Giants prospects performed in Week 3 of the Arizona Fall League

There's a continuing theme of Giants prospects in the Arizona Fall League that mirrors the big league club in many ways. The bats remain far behind the arms through three weeks.

For a quick comparison, the three Giants prospects on the Scottsdale Scorpions who are position players, have a combined batting average of .139, while the four pitchers the team sent have a combined ERA of 1.22 in 37 innings. 

Here's the good news: somehow a .139 batting average in 30 points higher than it was one week ago and a 1.22 ERA is down from 1.79. The positive to a porous offensive showing was a clutch at-bat by infielder C.J. Hinojosa. 

Coming off the bench in the midst of an 0-for-17 slump, Hinojosa couldn't have picked a better time for a base knock back on Oct. 25. Hinojosa pinch-hit for Shed Long in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Scorpions down 5-1 against the Salt River Rafters and delivered a bases-clearing double to ignite a five-run inning. 

"It was a big moment for me," Hinojosa said after the game to MLB.com. "It made me happy to finally get my feet wet after not getting a hit in a couple games, because that sinks into the back of your head."

The Scorpions held on to their lead and went on to win 6-5. 

"I've just kept having fun, coming out and working, and it finally paid off," Hinojosa said. 

Adon, Williams nearly unhittable

The Giants aren't flushed with top-level talent throughout their farm system. But in the AFL, two of their pitchers have been two of the top performers out in the desert. 

After a down year, lefty Garrett Williams has been better and better with each start. And two days ago, he had perhaps his best start of the fall. Williams pitched five scoreless innings, his longest outing of the AFL, and only allowed two hits with five strikeouts and no walks. 

"This season was a grind for me," Williams said to MLB.com after his outing. "Kind of struggled it out the whole season, so it was nice to have a clean slate. Honored to represent the Giants here. Thankful that they chose me, so that gave me some confidence knowing they still believe in me." 

Coming out of the bullpen, Melvin Adon continues to look like a star. This past week, the 24-year-old tossed 3 1/3 hitless innings while striking out six batters to two walks. Through seven appearances out of the bullpen, he has a 0.93 ERA in 9 2/3 innings and 19 strikeouts to two walks. 

MLB rumors: Yankees offer Gerrit Cole record seven-year, $245M contract

MLB rumors: Yankees offer Gerrit Cole record seven-year, $245M contract

Gerrit Cole is going to get paid. Everyone knew that headed into this offseason, but now we know the benchmark for his payday. 

The New York Times' Bob Klapisch reported Sunday that the Yankees offered the superstar pitcher a record-breaking, seven-year, $245 million contract. Those figures would surpass David Price's $217 million deal, and Zack Greinke's average annual value of $34.4 million per year. 

While Giants fans surely would love to see Cole pitching in San Francisco, it should be seen as a win if he does wind up in pinstripes. Cole, a Southern California native who just happens to be Brandon Crawford's brother-in-law, reportedly is being courted by the Dodgers and Angels as well. 

The Giants last faced Cole on May 22, 2018. The right-hander struck out eight batters over six innings in an 11-2 Astros win in Houston. In seven starts, Cole is 5-1 with a 3.15 ERA against the Giants. 

It's safe to say, the last thing San Francisco's front office wants to see is the 29-year-old returning to the NL to be a Dodger. The fewer times you face Cole in a season, the better. 

Cole taking his talents to the Bronx certainly would be a welcome sight for the A's, too. Sure, he still would be in the AL, but it definitely beats having him in the same division. 

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Oakland faced Cole twice last season, and he was brilliant in both starts, allowing only three earned runs over 13 innings to go with 15 strikeouts. He is 4-1 with a 3.08 ERA and 65 strikeouts over 50 2/3 innings in eight career starts against the A's. 

As Shohei Ohtani returns to the mound in 2020, the A's will have their hands full when they face the Angels. Adding Cole could be a disgusting cherry on top. 

MLB rumors: Cardinals 'entering the fray' to pursue Madison Bumgarner

MLB rumors: Cardinals 'entering the fray' to pursue Madison Bumgarner

With the Winter Meetings rapidly approaching, MLB free agency is heating up.

One of the top available pitchers -- Madison Bumgarner -- is expected to be in high demand, particularly now that Cole Hamels has signed with the Braves and Zack Wheeler reportedly has agreed to a five-year contract with the Phillies. For teams who scoff at Gerrit Cole's price tag, Bumgarner might be the logical compromise.

The Giants have been "in communication" with Bumgarner, but rumor has it another interested team has entered the mix.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Thursday that the St. Louis Cardinals have been linked to Bumgarner, citing a source.

St. Louis already has brought back veteran Adam Wainwright on a one-year deal, and after he, Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas and Dakota Hudson, there appears to be an opening for Bumgarner in the starting rotation. Signing with the Cardinals would not only allow Bumgarner to continue pitching in the National League, but would also allow him to continue taking his own at-bats, which we know he loves so much. He also has been linked to teams such as the Twins and White Sox, but would forfeit his at-bats to a DH in each of those situations.

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While Bumgarner is expected to receive a contract in excess of $100 million, Feinsand suggests Wheeler's reported $118 million payday might serve to increase the total.