2012 MLB predictions


2012 MLB predictions

Baseball season is kicking off, which means the predictions have begun! We have the prognosis of the division outcomes from various sources. Who has your team finishing on top and what are your predictions for the 2012 season?

Quite a few predictions have the Giants taking the NL West title. This season still has a long way to go, but check out what the experts are saying here -

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Arizona Fall League roundup: Eight Giants in action

Arizona Fall League roundup: Eight Giants in action

The Arizona Fall League hosts six teams of many top prospects in all of baseball each year starting in the second week of October.

This year eight players in the Giants farm system are representing the Orange and Black on the Scottsdale Scorprions. The team also consists of prospects from the Angels, Mets, Phillies, and Yankees. 

[RELATED: Giants catching prospect Aramis Garcia relishing reps in Arizona Fall League]

Below are the eight Giants prospects on the Scorpions, managed by Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin, and their stats through a maximum possible total of 10 games. 

Giants Prospects

RHP Rodolfo Martinez
4 G, 0-0, 27.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 9 ER, 6 BB, 2 SO

RHP Tyler Mizenko
5 G, 1-1, 3.86 ERA, 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

RHP Tyler Rogers
4 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

RHP Chris Stratton
3 G, 3 GS, 1-1, 4.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 5 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO

C Aramis Garcia
7 G, .238/.333/.286, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 R, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 9 SO

C Eliezer Zambrano
4 G, .400/.400/.400, 4 H

IF Ryder Jones
9 G, .257/.278/.314, 9 H, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 13 SO

OF Hunter Cole
10 G, .263/.333/.447, 10 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 10 SO


-- The Scorpions hitting coach is former Giants first baseman Damon Minor, who spent four seasons (2000-2002, 2004) with San Francisco. Minor hit .232/.338/.400 with 13 home runs in his four-year career. 

-- Catcher Eliezer Zambrano's .400 average leads the team, but his four games played is a team-low. 

-- Outfielder Hunter Cole ranks second on the team in both hits and home runs. He also leads the team with 38 at-bats. 

-- Infielder Ryder Jones leads the team in strikeouts at the plate. 

-- RHP Tyler Rogers Rogers is one of only two pitchers on the team yet to allow an earned run. 

-- RHP Chris Stratton leads the team in games started and innings pitched. He also ranks second in strikeouts. 

-- RHP Rodolfo Martinez' ERA ranks last on the team after his four games pitched. 

-- Mets outfielder and former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow is only hitting .125/.176/.156 in nine games played. His on-base percentage is second worst on the team while his batting average and slugging percentage rank third from last.

Three Giants among 2016 Gold Glove finalists

Three Giants among 2016 Gold Glove finalists

On Thursday, Rawlings announced the list of Gold Glove finalists.

Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik are in the running at their respective positions.

NL catchers: Posey, Yadier Molina, Jonathan Lucroy.

NL shortstops: Crawford, Addison Russell, Freddy Galvis.

NL second basemen: Panik, Jean Segura, D.J. LeMahieu. 

Brandon Belt, who was a finalist last season, did not make the cut.

Crawford won his first Gold Glove last year, while Posey and Panik have never won the award.

The winners are expected to be announced shortly after the World Series ends.