Photo of Giants' undrafted free-agent signee shows his destiny for team

Photo of Giants' undrafted free-agent signee shows his destiny for team

For weeks leading up to the draft, as they prepared for an unfamiliar process of offering undrafted players $20,000 to sign, the Giants talked of staying local. They knew that might be their best bet with some players who might otherwise prefer to return to school.

"You never want to get beat in your backyard," president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said earlier this month. "That's a common refrain in scouting, and it's going to be even more true in this situation, where it's going to be really competitive and you're going to have to look for any place you might have an edge for a player."

It doesn't get any more local than Robert Emery. The former University of San Francisco catcher was the latest undrafted player to sign with the Giants, as first reported by Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group. Emery is the sixth known addition since the draft. Before playing at USF, he went to St. Ignatius College Prep in the Sunset District. 

Emery was born in San Francisco and raised a Giants fan, and he confirmed on Twitter that a Getty Images photo from 2003 is of him at a game:

Emery will now try to follow in the footsteps of Brandon Crawford and Mauricio Dubon, both of whom were photographed at Giants games as they grew up and then ended up wearing the orange and black. He appears to be a pretty solid player, too. 

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Emery was on the watch list for the Buster Posey Award given annually to the nation's best catcher (a similar award went to Giants first-rounder Patrick Bailey). In 17 games, he hit .381 with two homers and nine RBI. 

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Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow provide outlook on different 2020 MLB season

Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow provide outlook on different 2020 MLB season

With Spring Training 2.0 opening up around Major League Baseball this weekend, no one is more excited about the return of our National Pastime than the legendary voices of Giants baseball, Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow. 

“I’m thrilled," Kuiper said during a recent conversation. "I’m thrilled for me, personally, selfishly that I get to go to the ballpark and do a game with Mike. Now I can’t wait for the schedule to come out and drive to the ballpark. I’ll even be happy stuck in traffic driving to the park.”

“Well, he’ll be happy for like two days stuck in traffic.” Krukow said.

And there’s a lot to look forward to in what will be a season unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Instead of a marathon, it’s become a 60-game sprint, which Krukow believes is a huge advantage for a team like the Giants.

“It’s a golden opportunity," Krukow said. "Everyone keeps talking about the rebuild. Well, the Giants have one of the older teams in baseball. What older teams have learned, especially the ones who have been champions, they learn the importance of chemistry. They learn the importance of a good attitude. And I think that is going to be paramount when they gather up.

"We thought the Giants had a great spring training. There was really a nice foundation being laid of a positive vibe. If they get off to a good start, it’s a sprint. They could be in the playoffs. And once they get into the playoffs, who knows what could happen.”

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