By Patrick Karraker @PatrickKarraker on March 17, 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’ High A roster figures to shape up on opening day.
The Giants’ rotation will be exciting again in 2014, as Stratton, Flores, Gregorio and Agosta look to move up to High-A after impressing at Low-A Augusta in 2013. Mejia, a highly-regarded prospect, could be moved up to Double-A after pitching at San Jose last year, but the Giants likely will opt to play it safe and start him back in High-A after injuries limited him last year. Young, the Giants’ 2013 13th-rounder, will round out the rotation.
The Giants will likely mix their bullpen between pitchers promoted from Augusta and those repeating High-A. The most exciting one may end up being Black, a 2011 seventh-rounder who has never pitched in a pro game but has repeatedly topped 100 MPH during minor-league camp. Strickland will be among several pitchers who start the year on the disabled list, but expect him to move up quickly once he proves that he is recovered from Tommy John surgery.
Turner looks to be the favorite to win San Jose’s starting catcher position after receiving an invite to big-league spring training. Sim, who logged time in High A last season, will likely be his backup. Second baseman Trevor Brown, who was drafted as a catcher, has seen time behind the plate this spring and may get some time there as well.
Ragira, the Giants’ fourth rounder in 2013, looks to be the best prospect among this group. Brown, who was called up to High A late last year, will start at second and Tomlinson, an astute defender at short, will likely return to San Jose after being passed up on the organizational depth chart by Matt Duffy. Look for 2013 draftee Bednar and third-year player Delfino to split time at third.
Jones and Rodriguez, two players who the Giants had big hopes for when they signed them, could move up to San Jose despite their lack of production at lower levels. Galindo, who stole 48 bases in 2013, will likely patrol center field. Payne could also return to San Jose after failing to impress there last season.
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