With the hard throwing closer Brian Wilson likely not returning to the San Francisco Giants (who knows if he will ever be able to throw hard again); the Giants will go into the 2013 season with Sergio Romo as their closer.
When Wilson was injured early last season; the Giants moved on to Santiago Casilla as the closer. He started off well, but then starting having trouble. This forced the Giants to start closing by committee. That is until Romo emerged as the closer down the stretch, and went on to close the 2012 World Series.
With Romo not being that big in stature, and throwing a ton of sliders. This gets me thinking about who could be the next Giants closer if Romo goes down?
I’m sure the Giants will go back to a closer by committee, but they do have a future closer in their farm system! He’s the number seven prospect in the Giants organization according to Baseball America.
Hard throwing reliever Heath Hembree is down on the farm trying to work his way to the big leagues. He was the Giants number three prospect in 2012, but he has slipped this year to number seven on the Giants top prospect list. This is probably due to him missing some action in 2012 with an injury. He still has a power arm, and should get called up to the Giants at some point this season. Hembree should get some strong consideration to be the Giants future closer. Giants fans will get a lot chances to see Hembree on the mound during Spring Training.