Two Giants named to Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team


Two Giants named to Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team

The Giants are working to bring another World Series to San Francisco in 2016, continuing their Even Year trend. 

While the front office has already been busy by agreeing to terms with Jeff Samardzija -- pending a physical -- with other possible moves looming, two Giants prospects could be a part of a successful future just as much as any free agent.

The Arizona Fall League revealed its 2015 Top Prospects Team on Monday, with two players in the Giants farm system making the cut. Infielder Christian Arroyo made the list as a shortstop and outfielder Mac Williamson was also recognized. 

Arroyo, 20, enjoyed a fantastic showing in the AFL, in which he started in the league's All-Star Game at second base. In 19 games played, Arroyo hit .308/.360/.487 with 24 hits and three home runs.

After Brandon Crawford signed a six-year $75 million deal with the Giants, GM Bobby Evans hinted Arroyo could begin playing different positions. 

"It'll be interesting to see how many different places he can play so he can rise up here sooner than later," Evans said on Arroyo's development. 

Right now, he is blocked by Crawford at shortstop, Joe Panik, 25, at second base, and Matt Duffy, 24, at third base. 

Williamson, 25, had a huge showing in the AFL after playing in 10 games for the Giants in 2015. In 19 games played, Williamson hit .370/.442/.493 with 27 hits and added two long balls. 

Up in the bigs for the first time, Williamson put together a .219/.235/.281 slash line. 

The future looks bright in San Francisco as they look to be just as successful in the now, too.




Farhan Zaidi says Giants keeping options open in pursuit of new closer


Farhan Zaidi says Giants keeping options open in pursuit of new closer

The Giants lost an All-Star early in free agency when closer Will Smith signed with his hometown Atlanta Braves last week.

Smith's departure left a clear void in San Francisco's bullpen, as he tied for fifth in MLB with a career-high 31 saves in 2019. Replacing Smith is a clear priority for Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, but he told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on Tuesday that he is in no rush to name a new closer.

"We've got some time to figure that out," Zaidi said on "The TK Show" podcast. "I don't think we need to decide that before Thanksgiving here, but one of the benefits for us of having made some of the trades we made at the deadline is it gave us the opportunity to see some of the younger relievers in our organization. Guys like Tyler Rogers, Jandel Gustave and Sam Coonrod. [These are guys] that could work their way into the picture and work their way into late-inning [situations] in 2020."

Rogers, Gustave and Coonrod were bright spots as rookies last season. None of the trio pitched more than 30 innings, but each showed potential pitching out of the bullpen in August and September. Rogers pitched the fewest innings of the three (17 2/3), but was worth nearly a win above replacement in his appearances, according to Baseball Reference's metrics.

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No matter which of the three emerges, the Giants are going to have a different look in the late innings next season. That could include a free-agent acquisition as well, according to Zaidi.

"Our closer may be in the organization right now," Zaidi continued. "We're going to continue to shop around and see what options are out there, but we at least like the depth that we have in our group of relievers."

Former Giants hitting coach Alonzo Powell takes new job in Japan

Former Giants hitting coach Alonzo Powell takes new job in Japan

SAN FRANCISCO -- As Farhan Zaidi and the rest of the front office started the search for a new manager, the coaching staff was given time to look for new jobs. Hitting coach Alonso Powell ended up across the ocean, but his new job will still be a familiar one. 

Powell will join the staff of the Chunichi Dragons, a Japanese team based in Nagoya. He played for the Dragons for six seasons, hitting .355 in one of them and won three straight batting titles while starring in Nagoya from 1992-97. Powell is reportedly already working with the team:

The Giants had kept quiet about Powell's status, but they are expected to have nearly a completely new staff under Gabe Kapler, who was hired last week. Ron Wotus will return as third base coach, but he was the only holdover to attend Kapler's press conference. 

Bullpen coach Matt Herges has already joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as pitching coach and former bench coach Hensley Meulens has been offered a job by the Marlins. Meulens was also thought to be a candidate for the Mets bench coach job, and he has not officially been announced as a staff member for the Marlins. It's unclear where pitching coach Curt Young, assistant hitting coach Rick Schu, and first base coach Jose Alguacil currently stand.

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Powell, a Bay Area native, came to the Giants after the 2017 season with the task of getting an aging lineup to hit for more power. There were success stories, and Powell was popular within the organization, but he was unable to squeeze much more out of a veteran group. Powell came from Houston and brought some new methods to the Giants, and they're expected to go even further in that direction. The addition of Kapler, along with former Cubs executive Scott Harris, indicates the Giants will dive even deeper into analytics.