By Patrick Karraker @PatrickKarraker on March 15, 2014
Now that big league teams have started trimming their spring training rosters and reassigning players to minor league camp, it’s time to start wondering where those players will end up during the regular season. Now we’ll look at how the San Francisco Giants’ Double-A roster figures to shape up on opening day.
Starting pitching looks to be the strength of this team, as Crick, Blach, and Blackburn are high-profile big-league prospects and will debut at Double-A. Snodgrass and Gloor look to repeat Double-A after putting together steady 2013 seasons. Lefthander Adalberto Mejia could also be a rotation candidate if the Giants decide to move him up to Double-A despite his injury-filled 2013.
The Flying Squirrels’ bullpen will likely be filled mainly by experienced minor leaguers, including former Rookie of the Year Willis, who signed with the Giants organization during the offseason. Bandilla, Osich, Casilla and Hall all have big-league potential if they continue to put together good numbers in the minors. One of these pitchers will have to begin on the disabled list due to roster limits but will be worked in during the season.
Arnold, who has worked extensively with the Giants’ young crop of pitchers, should be the primary catcher. Look for LaTorre, a longtime veteran of the Giants’ system, to be his backup, though utility player Myles Schroder could get some time behind the plate as well.
Villalona and Panik made a case to move up with their performances in Richmond during 2013, but with all the experienced players the Giants have the two promising prospects will likely be forced to repeat Double-A. These two will be the stars of the infield, but also look for Duffy, a quick-rising prospect, to impress at shortstop. Oropesa should also be interesting as he adds third base to his resume after playing primarily first thus far.
Williamson will be the most intriguing prospect in the Flying Squirrels’ outfield, but look for Darren Ford, who re-signed with the Giants organization in February, to be a big name on the roster, as he’s a very nostalgic figure for many Giants fans due to his role on the 2010 World Series team. Parker looks to repeat Double-A after having a so-so 2013 season, while Harris will debut after putting up impressive power numbers last year.
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