While Brian Sabean scours the waiver wire for new and potentially cringe-worthy additions, a few major and minor league Giants are passing the offseason in the winter leagues.
From Arizona to Puerto Rico, a brief overview:
Arizona Fall League
The Scottsdale Scorpions placed second in the Arizona Fall League East division with a 15-16-1 record. Two of the team’s top offensive performers were third baseman Chris Dominguez and center fielder Gary Brown, who finished batting .317 and .313 respectively, with a combined 48 bases, 8 extra base hits, and 3 stolen bags in 105 AB.
On the mound, LHP Chris Gloor led the Scorpions in IP, going 30.0 innings with a 2.70 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 2.00 K/BB. Dan Runzler and Heath Hembree handled many of the closing situations, posting respective ERAs of 3.38 and 3.00 in 17 IP.
This offseason, there are thirty Giants players scattered across the Caribbean leagues of Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
The Venezuelan Winter League is home to Pablo Sandoval, Hector Sanchez, Jean Machi, and Ehire Adrianza, among others. So far this season, Pablo has yet to make an appearance, while Sanchez is 7-for-23 in 7 games, with 4 RBIs, 3 doubles, and 2 walks. With a slightly steadier sample size, Adrianza is batting .276/.379/.391 in 25 games for the Tiburones de La Guaira.
In the Puerto Rico League, catcher Johnny Monell is capping his strong showing in Double-A with a .333/.447/.590 performance in 11 games, contributing 2 home runs and 8 RBI to the Criollos de Caguas.
Joaquin Arias made his debut for the Aguilas Cibaenas on Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a single in the Cibaenas’ 6-4 win. Among the other Giants in the Dominican Winter League are RHP Justin Fitzgerald and first baseman Angel Villalona. Fitzgerald holds a 5.00 ERA in 18 IP, allowing 13 runs and putting up a 1.67 K/BB in 5 starts. Villalona is currently batting .273/.351/.394 in 15 games, with a home run and 4 RBIs in 33 AB for the Toros del Este.
Further information, including updated statistics and game recaps, can be found online at MLB.com.