Giants player-by-player roster review

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Giants player-by-player roster review

Now that we've had a little time to digest thedisappointment that was the Giants' 2011 season, it's time to take a quick lookback at the players' performance and hand out some grades. Not every man whoappeared in uniform is included, mind you. The focus is primarily on those whomade an impact -- or, sadly -- didn't -- and those who might be back in 2012with a shot at returning the Giants to 2010 glory.

1BOF Aubrey Huff
Key stats: .246 BA12 HRs59 RBIs.306OBP.370 SLG
The biggest disappointment among Giants whostayed off the disabled list for long stretches, Huff reported to camp inless-than-optimal shape and was nowhere near the impact player he was whileearning a two-year, 22-million contract in 2010. The team has publiclychallenged him to attack offseason workouts with renewed vigor. Regardless,he'll be on a very short leash -- if not elsewhere -- in2012.
Grade: D

1BOF Brandon Belt
Key stats: .225 BA9 HRs18 RBIs.306OBP
After making the club out of camp, Belt bouncedbetween Triple-A Fresno and San Francisco all year and never really got into much of agroove. Still viewed as one of the game's more promising prospects, he's a GoldGlove-quality defender with plus power who needs to slay a couple of dragons --high fastballs and back-foot breaking balls -- to become themiddle-of-the-order beast the Giants need.
Grade: C1BOF Brett Pill
Key stats: 15-for-502 HRs2 3Bs2 2Bs9RBIs
A September callup after posting big powernumbers at Fresno,he looked more comfortable and polished than Belt, who got considerably morehype (and a zoo-friendly nickname). Pill actually played a little second basein the minors, too, but he's not any sort of long-term option there. Itwouldn't be a shock to see him packaged in a deal that lands a more provenbat.
Grade: A-2B Freddy Sanchez
Key stats: 60 games.289 BA
One of the most pure hitters on the roster,Sanchez was on his way to a potential All-Star berth before suffering a nastyinjury to his right shoulder, requiring season-ending surgery. The officialword is that he's on track to be ready by spring training, but the Giants needto insure themselves in case this notoriously slow healer needs more time.Sanchez is signed through 2012 at 6 million.
Grade: INCSS Miguel Tejada
Key stats: .239 BA4 HRs26 RBIs.270OBP
Signed to replace Juan Uribe's power productionand anchor the infield defense, Tejada did neither and eventually forced theGiants to admit to a 6.5-million mistake and show him the door. No sensebeating the dead horse; this bad boy is glue.
Grade: FSS Brandon Crawford
Key stats: .204 BA3 HRs21 RBIs.288OBP
A grand slam in his first big-league game setunrealistic expectations for this offensively challenged defensive whiz, but hecame back to earth and bounced in and out of the lineup (and the big leagues)thereafter.
Grade: CSS Orlando Cabrera
Key stats: .222 BA1 HRs13 RBIs.241 OBP39games w Giants
Acquired in a midseason trade to do what Tejadaand Crawford weren't doing, he didn't. And that's all we have to say aboutthat.
Grade: D3B Pablo Sandoval
Key stats: .315 BA23 HRs70 RBIs.357OBP
Eligible for arbitration, Sandoval figures toget a nice raise after raising his fitness level and his game -- at the plateand in the field -- in the wake of his nightmarish 2010. Had he not missed sixweeks with a wrist injury, he likely would have had his first 30-homer seasonto go with his first All-Star appearance. His defensive prowess was freakishfor a man of his size, even slimmed down.
Grade: AIF Mike Fontenot
Key stats: .227 BA4 HRs21 RBIs.304OBP
His versatility came in handy as playersstarted dropping like flies, and he's capable of catching fire for a handful ofgames at a time, but whenever asked to play for an extended stretch he wasexposed as the career backup he's meant to be. Eligible for arbitration, he's anon-tender candidate.
Grade: C-IFOF Mark DeRosa
Key stats: .279 BA0 HRs12 RBIs.351 OBP47games
DeRosa's contract is up, but he sounded open toreturning for a third year with the Giants after making roughly 12 millionwhile playing in 73 games over the past two seasons. His power seems all butgone, but he's a great clubhouse guy who can play all over the field and wouldbe a smart sign for the right price (think 1 million).
Grade: B-OF Aaron Rowand
Key stats: .233 BA4 HRs21 RBIs.274OBP
His partial season was much like his Giantscareer, which came to an end when he was released: bleh.
Grade: C-OF Carlos Beltran
Key stats: .323 BA7 HRs18 RBIs.369 OBP44games w Giants
Sure to be one of the belles of the free-agentball, the biggest name on the summer trade market was mostly productive aftercoming from the Mets in a deadline deal, but that he missed a cruciallate-season stretch underscored injury concerns that have dogged him in recentyears.
Grade: B-OF Nate Schierholtz
Key stats: .278 BA9 HRs41 RBIs.326OBP
Eligible for arbitration but sure to betendered a deal, Schierholtz finally established himself -- without a doubt --as a legitimate big-league starter. He's best suited for right field but movedseamlessly to left in the wake of Beltran's arrival. Though not the classiccorner man in terms of power, he can hit all over the lineup, and his defense wasnothing short of outstanding all year.
Grade: BOF Cody Ross
Key stats: .240 BA14 HRs52 RBIs.325OBP
Ross didn't have much of a "walkyear," prone to extended slumps and nagging injuries. With the bar setridiculously high after his supernatural postseason in 2010, Ross came infurther under it than even the biggest doubters expected. He made about 6.5million, and if he wants anything close to that again, it probably won't be inSan Francisco.
Grade: C-OF Andres Torres
Key stats: .221 BA4 HRs19 RBIs.312OBP
There was quiet concern all winter that Torres'breakout in 2010 wasn't evidence that he was a late bloomer. After all, thephrase "career year" exists for a reason. Well, based on what we sawfrom Torres this season, you have to wonder. He didn't have half the impact hehad during the run to the World Series, making his arb-eligible status iffy atbest.
Grade: C-OF Pat Burrell
Key stats: .230 BA7 HRs21 RBIs.352OBP
Severely limited by a foot injury after puttingtogether a solid April, Burrell never really got much of a chance to prove hisworth as a deep threat off the bench, and based on his emotional sendoff, we'velikely seen the last of him on a big-league diamond.
Grade: CC Buster Posey
Key stats: .284 BA4 HRs21 RBIs.386OBP
Posey got off to a fairly slow start, but notlong before The Collision it was clear he had found his stroke and was on hisway to another tremendous season.
Grade: INCC Eli Whiteside
Key stats: .197 BA4 HRs17 RBIs.264OBP
Another arb-el candidate to be non-tendered,Whiteside is a solid receiver who has the respect of the pitching staff, buthe's no Pudge Rodriguez-in-his-prime when it comes to controlling the runninggame, and his offense was mostly woeful.
Grade: C-C Chris Stewart
Key stats: .204 BA3 HRs10 RBIs.283OBP
A solid defensive catcher, he simply didn't hitenough to force his way into any meaningful conversation about2012.
Grade: C-RHP Tim Lincecum
Key stats: 13-142.74 ERA220 Ks1.21WHIP
Though inconsistent at times, Lincecum had thekind of year most pitchers would consider "career" despite it being"down" by the lofty standards he's established. Walks and control ofthe running game were issues, and he had a couple of bad games when the teamneeded him at his best, but don't let the record fool you. His run support wasa joke, and overall he was extremely good over the longhaul.
Grade: BRHP Matt Cain
Key stats: 12-112.88 ERA179 Ks1.08WHIP
Always the strong, silent type as a team leaderin the clubhouse, Cain was exactly that on the mound, too. He was as consistentas anyone on the staff, and he took another step up the ladder toward trulyelite status. For the first time since Lincecum joined the team, Cainoutpitched his co-ace, and the Giants would be wise to get into seriouscontract-extension talks this winter to make sure he doesn't hit free agency afterthe 2012 season.
Grade: ARHP Ryan Vogelsong
Key stats: 13-72.71 ERA139 Ks1.25WHIP
One of the top feel-good stories in recent BayArea sports memory, Vogelsong came out of nowhere to establish himself as adark horse Cy Young candidate with remarkable consistency and efficiency uponjoining the rotation after starting the season in Fresno. Eligible forarbitration this winter, Vogelsong earned the right to enter spring trainingnext spring with a starting job in hand..
Grade: ALHP Jonathan Sanchez
Key stats: 4-74.26 ERA107 Ks1.44WHIP
The hope was that this would be the season inwhich Sanchez put it all together and joined Lincecum and Cain to form the mostimpressive trio of starters this side of Philly. It didn't happen. All of theold issues -- lack of command, mental lapses, inability to work deep into games-- combined with injury issues led to a massive disappointment that has hisfuture -- he's arbitration-eligible after making more than 4.5 million --somewhat up in the air.
Grade: DLHP Barry Zito
Key stats: 3-4, 5.87 ERA32 Ks1.40WHIP
The highlights came in a flurry, after he wasreinstated from his first career stint on the disabled list. It didn't lastlong, though, and his good health didn't, either. He came back from his secondDL stint late in the season as a mop-up, and his year in general did nothing tochange the perception that he's among the biggest free-agent busts in thegame's history. Still under contract for two more seasons, he'll be fightingfor a roster spot come spring.
Grade: D-LHP Madison Bumgarner
Key stats: 13-133.21 ERA191 Ks1.21WHIP
After opening the season with a miserablestring of performances that left his record at 0-6 with a bloated ERA,Bumgarner got stronger, more consistent and nastier as the season wore on,assuaging any fears that his increased workload late in 2010 would come back tohaunt him. Firmly entrenched in the rotation for years to come, and a potentialfuture ace, no doubt.
Grade: BLHP Eric Surkamp
Key stats: 2-25.74 ERA13 Ks1.84WHIP
Called up late in the season out of necessity,Surkamp got off to a blazing start but faded as teams started to make theirinevitable adjustments. That he didn't appear in over his head from the outsetspeaks to his talent level.
Grade: BRHP Brian Wilson
Key stats: 6-457 games3.11 ERA1.47WHIP
He started the year on the DL and spent moretime shelved late in the season, but in between he was his dominant self farmore often than not.
Grade: BRHP Sergio Romo
Key stats: 65 games1.50 ERA0.71WHIP
Quite simply the best season by a setup man theGiants have enjoyed in a long, long time. Romo turn the corner this season in ahuge way.
Grade: ARHP Ramon Ramirez
Key stats: 66 games2.62 ERA1.17WHIP
More of a secondary setup man, Ramirez wasn'tas brilliant in his first full season with the club as he was after beingacquired for last year's stretch run, but he was solid if not spectacular.
Grade: BLHP Jeremy Affeldt
Key stats: 67 games2.63 ERA1.15WHIP
After a forgettable 2010, Affeldt frequentlyshowed flashes of the form that made him the top setup man in the game in 2009,but his club option for 2012 -- 5 million -- might be a bitsteep.
Grade: BLHP Javier Lopez
Key stats: 70 games2.72 ERA1.28WHIP
Mr. Reliable against lefties became Mr.Reliable against lefties and righties, and he should be a top priority as oneof the Giants' eight free agents this winter
Grade: BLHP Dan Runzler
Key stats: 35 games6.36 ERA1.65WHIP
Great arm, plenty of talent, not a ton ofcommand until late in the season.
Grade: C-RHP Santiago Casilla
Key stats: 49 games1.74 ERA1.12WHIP
Still a little sketchy when it comes tohigh-pressure situations, but he's got filthy stuff and is a lock to beretained via arbitration.
Grade: BRHP Guillermo Mota
Key stats: 52 games3.81 ERA1.26WHIP
The unsung hero of the bullpen. He'd fill anyrole he was asked to fill, and he usually did it well. Terrific Swiss ArmyKnife.
Grade: B

Giants promote power-hitting outfield prospect to Triple-A

Giants promote power-hitting outfield prospect to Triple-A

CHICAGO -- The Giants wanted Christian Arroyo to force his way up to the big leagues. Chris Shaw isn't exactly in the same boat, but he is now at the same level where Arroyo was to start the year. 

Shaw, the top power-hitting prospect in the organization, was promoted from Double-A Richmond to Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday morning. General manager Bobby Evans said Shaw, a first baseman in his first couple of years in the minors, will continue his recent outfield work. Shaw had been playing left field in Richmond and he will be the primary left fielder in Sacramento.

"He's put himself in a position where the next test is the Triple-A level," Evans said. "He was starting to get to the point where he was ready for the next challenge."

It is unlikely that Shaw gets promoted again this season because the Giants do not need to add him to the 40-man roster until after the 2018 season. Arroyo, on the other hand, would have been added after this season anyway. Austin Slater, who also needs to be added at some point in 2017, is more likely to earn a September call-up. The Giants do, however, leave the door open for prospects to force the issue. 

The 23-year-old Shaw was the 31st overall pick in the 2015 draft. He hit 12 homers in 46 games in rookie ball and then slugged 16 in 72 games for the San Jose Giants, earning a promotion late in 2016. Shaw had five more homers in two months with the Flying Squirrels and he opened up this year with six in 133 at-bats. 

In three minor league seasons, Shaw is batting .277 with a .350 on-base percentage and .503 slugging percentage. He has 39 homers in 813 professional at-bats, along with 59 doubles and four triples. In 37 games this season, Shaw has 26 strikeouts and 18 walks.

"He controls the strike zone and he's got a fairly decent eye," Evans said. "He strikes out a relatively low percentage of the time and has a pretty good walk rate for a power guy."

Shaw played quite a bit in the outfield at Boston College but he was a first baseman in the minors until this season. With Brandon Belt locked in at first at the big league level, the Giants started giving Shaw starts in left field. Before leaving Richmond, Shaw made 18 starts in the outfield, totaling 158 innings. 

Listed at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, Shaw would be big in left, even by the Giants' standards. In the past, scouts -- who admitted they had only seen him at first -- insisted he probably can't handle the position, but the Giants disagree. Shaw is said to have the footwork to handle left, but he's working on getting comfortable with throws. 

"He played a lot of outfield in college, pretty close to 100 games, mostly in right field," Evans said. "We'd like to give him as much time as possible to get comfortable.  We discussed (the outfield) this spring and we made a more conscious decision to get him out there (in left). That was a discussion from the time he was drafted."

 

Giants finalizing deal to sell Marrero's rights to Japanese team

Giants finalizing deal to sell Marrero's rights to Japanese team

CHICAGO -- Chris Marrero forced his way onto the Opening Day roster with a huge spring. Two months later, he's headed overseas.

The Giants are close to finalizing a deal that would sell Marrero's rights to the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese league, general manager Bobby Evans said Wednesday. Marrero was designated for assignment last month to clear a roster spot for Christian Arroyo.

Marrero, a 28-year-old former first-round pick, hit eight homers this spring, including a couple of walk-off shots, to become part of the left field platoon with Jarrett Parker. The plan didn't work out. Parker got hurt and Marrero batted just .132 before being designated.

At the time, Marrero said he hoped to work his way back up, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would like to see Marrero find his power swing in the minors and then return. Japan, however, is a more lucrative opportunity for veterans. Marrero had asked the Giants to help facilitate the move so he could sign a new deal with Orix.