By Patrick Karraker @PatrickKarraker on March 18, 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’ Low-A roster figures to shape up on opening day.
Lujan will likely be the only returnee in a rotation that should feature several high 2013 draft picks (Johnson, Vander Tuig, Rogers) and two international pitchers (Mella and Ysla) that are making their full-season debuts. Ysla, who impressed in the Arizona rookie league last season, may be the breakout star among this group.
The GreenJackets practice some rather liberal bullpen rotation during the year, so look for some of these pitchers to start on the DL and then emerge down the road. Slania and Snelten, the Giants’ 2013 fifth and ninth-rounders, respectively, look to be some of the more exciting members of this group. It’s possible that Johnson could also be a member of the rotation after having a very solid season starting at short-season Salem-Keizer in 2013.
Ross, the Giants’ 2013 12th-rounder out of LSU, seems likely to be the primary catching option. Over the past several years, though, the GreenJackets have spread their catching duties among several players, so look for both Rojas and Escalante to get time behind the plate as well.
Arroyo and Jones, the Giants’ 2013 first and second rounders, respectively, will be the biggest names of this group as they look to hold down the left side of the infield. However, Moreno, a Dominican prospect who spent his first season in America last year, played very well in Augusta at the end of 2013 and could be a rising prospect to watch this season.
Horan, the Giants’ eighth-rounder in 2013, will likely be one of the GreenJackets’ primary offensive threats in the middle of the lineup. Hollick should hold down center field, while 19-year-old McCall, the Giants’ 2012 ninth-rounder, will look to put up a better offensive season in his full-season debut. Ortiz should provide extra outfield depth.
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