Giants

MLB win totals: Giants projected to win 71 games in 2020 by sports book

MLB win totals: Giants projected to win 71 games in 2020 by sports book

The Giants have improved their win totals each of the last two seasons. After winning a paltry 64 games in 2017, San Francisco had 73 victories in 2018 and 77 such in 2019. 

But Caesars Sports Book expects the Giants' yearly improvement to stop at two years in a row. On Wednesday, Caesars released its projected win totals for the 2020 MLB season, and it doesn't look good for Gabe Kapler's squad. 

The Giants are projected to win only 71 games this year, which is the lowest in the NL West. The Los Angeles Dodgers are projected to take home the division crown with 99 wins -- the highest in the NL. Rounding out the NL West projections is the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres each at 83 wins, with the Colorado Rockies ahead of San Francisco at 74 wins. 

A new era of Giants baseball is underway, with plenty of eyes looking towards the future. Gone are two franchise legends from their dynasty. Bruce Bochy retired as manager at the end of last season, and Madison Bumgarner signed with the D-backs this offseason. 

Kapler, a big fan of fine cuisine, takes over in the dugout with a wide range of coaches around him. Veterans Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija will headline the rotation, but after that, there are plenty of question marks. 

On offense, players such as Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford still are around. Again, the focus is on the future with young players like Mauricio Dubon, who is expected to start at second base. 

[RELATED: Giants' Dickerson gives positive offseason health update]

The farm system is on the rise, and top prospects Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos could make their MLB debuts this upcoming season. Wins might not come aplenty at Oracle Park, but an infusion of youth should excite fans. 

The Giants have beaten the odds before and will look to do so again to start off a new decade of baseball in San Francisco.

Watch Heliot Ramos hit two-run homer in Giants' spring training game

Watch Heliot Ramos hit two-run homer in Giants' spring training game

Heliot Ramos likes the prime time lights.

The heralded Giants prospect proved it by crushing a two-run homer in Friday's split-squad spring training game against the Rockies at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona.

The 20-year-old drove a 2-1 pitch from Colorado pitcher Carlos Estevez over the left center field wall. It was his first homer of the spring.

The Giants have high hopes for Ramos, whom they selected with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.

Ramos is coming off a breakout 2019 season as he hit .306 with 13 homers in 77 games for High-A San Jose. That production earned him a late-season promotion to Double-A Richmond. He held his own with the Flying Squirrels, hitting .242 with three homers and 15 RBI in 25 games.

While Ramos wasn't a non-roster invitee to major league camp this spring, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi wouldn't put it past the native of Puerto Rico to reach the big leagues this season.

"We had guys last year work their way through two or three levels of the minors leagues so it's certainly something that he could do," Zaidi told NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic earlier in February. "I think both with him and Joey, just the injuries kind of slowed them down a little bit and maybe backed up their timetable for when they could potentially get to the big leagues this year, but we've talked about promoting guys aggressively when they kind of perform up to levels that warrant a promotion, and that'll be the case for both those guys."

[RELATED: Ramos close to big league dream]

The future is looking bright for the Giants with Ramos and catcher Joey Bart on the cusp of major league stardom.

Wilmer Flores looks to add more power to Giants' lineup this season

Wilmer Flores looks to add more power to Giants' lineup this season

Wilmer Flores made history this offseason. He became the first player Farhan Zaidi signed to a multiyear contract with the Giants, when the veteran infielder inked his two-year deal earlier this month. 

Now that he's with the Giants in spring training, Flores is trying to add something to San Francisco that the team badly lacked last season: Power. It's not like that's what the 28-year-old is known for, though. 

Flores hit nine homers in 89 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, but his .848 OPS was a career-high and his .487 slugging percentage was one point off the best of his career. 

"I've always been a guy who puts the ball in play," Flores said Friday on KNBR's "Murph & Mac Show." "I'm trying this year to hit the ball a lot more in the air. That's what I'm trying to do a lot more this year. Ground balls are not hits anymore. You gotta hit the ball in the air." 

From 2015-2018, however, he averaged 15 long balls per season and clearly has bought into baseball's power movement with more launch angle. 

Flores should have an interesting role on the Giants this season. The keyword around Gabe Kapler's spring training is "versatility." Mauricio Dubon already has embraced it, and Flores believes he can thrive anywhere around the infield. 

"In the infield, I can play anywhere if you want me to," Flores said.

But he clearly prefers a certain spot.

"If you ask me, I'll stay at second base," Flores said. 

[RELATED: Sanchez brings revamped swing, fun celebration to Giants]

That position is full of competition for the Giants this season. Along with Flores and Dubon, Yolmer Sanchez -- who won an AL Gold Glove last season -- and Donovan Solano are vying for time as well. Flores played 64 games at second base and 16 at third last year. He also has plenty of time at shortstop and first base under his belt as well. 

Whether it's more defensive versatility or adding more power, Flores figures to be a key player for the Giants this season.