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Setting the Giants pitching rotation for the World Series

There's not much guess-work for the Giants starting rotation in the World Series that begins on Wednesday - especially when compared to the numerous and varied options that Bochy had available to...


Winter Lines (week 2) - plus continuing prospects chat

The offseason action is starting to heat up. Besides the AFL entering its 2nd week down in AZ, three of the 4 Caribbean leagues are now in action (with only the Puerto Rican League still quiet)....


How should Boch set up the starting pitchers for the NLDS?

We don't know right now if the Giants will face the Cards or the Nats in the NLDS, and we don't know if game 1 will be in SF or DC, but we do know game 1 will be played on Sunday and game 2 will be...


AZ Fall League begins on Tuesday - let's talk Giants prospects

The Scottsdale Scorpions travel to Phoenix tomorrow to play their first game (of a scheduled 38) of the season at 12:35 in the afternoon. The Giants have 8 prospects assigned to the Scorpions - 4...


Maligned farm system provides the major components that fueled the Giants NL West title run

The Giants farm system has remained very thin and low-rated over the past 10 years - especially in terms of position players. They do have a good reputation of drafting and developing some...


Strategizing the Giants 25-man roster for the NLDS

The magic number is 5 and there are still 13 games left to play, so I think it's safe to hand the 2012 NL West title to the Giants now. The next big challenge will be to choose the 25 players to...


How much will it cost to re-sign Buster this offseason?

CAA just came out with their annual prediction that the service time cutoff for Super 2 arb eligibility this offseason will be 2 years + 139 days. They may be off by a few days either way, but it's...


Giants DO NOT reach deal with Clint Terry - 36th rd. LHP from San Mateo CC

No word from his twitter account yet, but I found this little nugget in an article posted by the Gastonia Gazzette on Monday (Terry has been pitching for the Gastonia Grizzlies in North Carolina...


Giants reach deals with Martin Agosta & Mac Williamson - 2nd and 3rd rd. picks

According to their twitter accounts (see below) both are flying to Arizona today (Monday). ‏@m_agosta17 - Off to AZ tomorrow! ‪#journeybegins @mwilliamson7 – Off to Arizona! I will...


First video of Gustavo Cabrera in a Giants uni!

Somebody recorded the Giants newest wunderkind during a tryout at the Giants' Dominican training camp just a few short weeks ago. He posted it to youtube, so we now have the first known video of...


Vid clips of Hengerber Medina (SS) & Kleiber Rivas ( C ) - 2 of the 3 youngest prospects in the org

Medina holds the distinction of having the coolest name in the org now that Sundrendy Windster has been booted, while Ribas (who turns 17 on Friday) is one of the youngest active players in all of...

AnVil's Back & playing in the DSL


He just played in his first organized game in almost 3 years. He had 1 single and 1 K in 4 ABs, and was charged with an error in the field. I suppose once he plays for a month it will be very difficult for the State Department to hold the current line of him not being a plausible professional athlete. Click on the link above to see the boxscore from today's game.


My full & updated draft review - with new video links & signing predictions

I'm still disappointed with who the Giants drafted this year, and especially with their overall draft strategy. I still believe that there were several obvious opportunities for them to go much...


My knee-jerk and shallow review of the Giants 2012 draft

Last week, when I wrote my fanpost about the affects of the ne CBA rules on this year's draft I neglected to mention, or even imagine that one of the benefits would be that it would allow people...


Draft 2012: My draft board for Days 2 & 3

Let's see, there's only 1 guy from my first round draft board that didn't get drafted in the first round - Carson Kelly, the Oregon HS 3rd baseman. I'm not sure if he didn't get drafted because the...


Draft 2012: My 1st round draft board for the Giants

Let me start with a general discussion of drafting philosophy and analysis, then I'll get into the specifics for this year's draft. PHILOSOPHY 1. This is my draft board for the Giants. If I were...


Draft 2012: All the info and links you should need to follow tonight's draft

Hopefully this post will give you a framework and the information to allow you to get more out of this year's draft as you follow along. WHEN:Monday: 4:00 PDT - Round 1 (picks 1 thru 60)....


Giants post roster for the 2012 DSL Giants team

Here's the link: http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_ros&cid=615 Interesting(?) data points: There are 11 pitchers, 4 catchers, 8 infielders & 5 outfielders. There are 17 returnees...


2012 Draft: My list of interesting prospects - with in-depth analysis

I thought that it would be helpful to have a list of prospects in alphabetical order so that everybody would be able to quickly get a thumbnail sketch of who the player is when they hear his name...


2012 Draft: How will the new CBA rules affect the draft and the Giants?

The new CBA rules will change the way teams draft - there's no question about that - but how drastic of a change will it be? The key to the new rules is that each pick in the draft now has a...


Baseball America releases the slot bonus amounts for each pick in upcoming draft

This was quite a surprise to me as I was sure that the MLB execs would keep these figures closely-guarded state secrets. MLB did feel like they had to release the total bonus amounts that each...


Giants LHP prospect Bryce Bandilla hits 100 mph in 1st pro start!

From the stretch!!! Now we can see why the Giants grabbed him as high as the 4th round in last year's draft - ahead of Chris Marlowe and Josh Osich. Bandilla is throwing 85-90% fastballs, so far,...


Thursday is Opening Day for the Giants top 4 minor league teams - news & notes here

The AAA (PCL) Fresno Grizzlies open their season on a 8 game road trip to Tucson and Las Vegas (4 games in each city). Thursday's opening day game is scheduled for 7:05 PDT. Sadly, there are no...


Giants converting Chris Marlowe to starter in Augusta

I just read a very intereisting tweet from Billy Byler, the beat reporter for the Augusta GreenJackets, where he listed the starting rotation for Augusta this year. @billybyler: #GreenJackets...


Blackburn, Mejia, Crick & Chuckie headed for Augusta - get your Opening Day minor league news here

I just saw on twitter that Clayton Blackburn and Derek Law have been assigned to the Augusta GreenJackets of the Sally League for the start of the regular season. That should be one hell of a...


Simon Mercedes - Ex-Giant Caribbean prospect signs with the Red Sox for $800K

The Giants originally signed Mercedes out of the Dominican Prospect LeagueJanuary for $400K. When they tried to get the contract approved by MLB, they informed the Gaints in March of 2011 that...


Predicting the minor league rosters - Fresno Grizzlies

BTW, shouldn't they be called the Fresno Fighting Farmers or Fresno Raisin Makers? I've been to Fresno on several occasions in the last century. It never struck me as a place that grizzly bears...

BA.com - Updated Lefty-Righty Splits For Every Big League Park


Interesting reading on how RHH and LHH have fared at every Big League ballpark over the last 3 years. AT&T Park comes in the bottom 3rd in most categories for both righties and lefties. Click on the link above for the full list. No surprise: The Yankees like to employ LHHs and the Red Sox like to employ RHHs. Conclusion: Petco Park is one hell of a bad hitter's park


Predicting the minor league rosters - Richmond Flying Moose (Talking Squirrels?)

Otherwise known as "the place where promising Giant hitting prospects go to die." The Eastern League is a very tough environment for hitters in general. There are a lot of advanced young pitchers...


#4 Rice vs. #2 Stanford - college baseball weekend preview

For Bay Area baseball fans that are jonesing for live games and good baseball, just head over to Stanford's Sunken Diamond this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Houston-based Rice University, the #4...

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