By John Shea @real_johnshea on March 18, 2014
The San Francisco Giants' most criticized players in Spring Training are players expected to make an impact on the 2014 season. Certain players have underachieved in camp. All statistics should be taken with a grain of salt in exhibition action, although some players have posted alarmingly poor performances. Other players have been hampered by nagging injuries, raising concern about their durability over a grueling 162-game season.
Scutaro finally made his long-awaited Spring Training debut earlier this week, raking a double down the left field line in his first at-bat. The Giants' veteran second baseman has endured nagging lower back pain throughout camp, jeopardizing his chances of starting the regular season on the active roster. Concern overrides criticism in relation to Scutaro's lingering absence from the field in camp, but his back problem is an alarming trouble.
Petit was a feel-good story in 2013, posting a solid 4-1 record with a 3.56 ERA while coming within one out of a perfect game. His late-season performance gave the Giants incentive to sign him to a one-year deal this season. That decision doesn't look good now, though. Petit entered camp with a chance to claim a roster spot as the Giants' long-man in the bullpen. He's been terrible since, posting a 7.88 ERA and 15 hits in 8.0 innings pitched.
Romo hasn't thrown a ton of sliders this spring, but his glaring lack of ability to consistently get hitters out is somewhat troubling. Romo is a solid bullpen arm capable of shutting down hitters in the ninth inning at high efficiency. Opposing hitters have racked up a ridiculous .500 batting average against him in camp, though. Romo sports a 24.75 ERA in just 4.0 innings pitched this spring and must gain positive momentum before Opening Day.
Morse was brought in over the offseason to supply the Giants' lineup with much needed power. That hasn't been apparent in camp. Morse has failed to register a home run on the stat sheet in 17 at-bats this spring. He was robbed twice in his first glimpse of spring action, though, courtesy of Oakland Athletics' outfielder Josh Reddick. Morse posted an inefficient .215 batting average with two teams in 2013. That's not what the Giants signed-up for.
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