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Spring Training Wrap

By Melissa Felkins

Spring Training has nearly come to an end for the Giants. With four more games left, the powers that be have a lot of decisions to make. Decisions like who will be the back up catcher and will Buster Posey be the full-time catcher or split time at first base? Speaking for first base, will it be Aubrey Huff, Brett Pill or Brandon Belt (I think we all know the answer to that one). What do the Giants do at second base? Is Freddy Sanchez ever going to play again? Can Brandon Crawford handle full-time short-stop? Can we just cut Zito already? How do we make room for Gregor Blanco?

That’s a lot of things to think about, but for now, let’s focus on what they have done so far in Spring Training. The Giants finished 5th in the Cactus League (15-11). Among players with a decent number of games and at-bats, Hector Sanchez (catcher) finished on top at .405. Next was Brandon Belt at .382. Sadly enough, I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t see either of those names on the opening day roster. I’m holding out hope for H. Sanchez, but I’m pretty sure the Giants will continue to play puppetmaster with Belt. Other highlights are Gregor Blanco’s  .344, Melky Cabrera’s .365 and Brandon Crawford’s .333.

In the not so great column (for those that thing Spring actually matters) is Nate Scheirholz and his .220 batting average, along with Pablo Sandoval’s .241 and Angel Pagan’s .186.

Leading the crew in home runs is H. Sanchez with 4, followed by Belt, Cabrera, Pill and Sandoval with 3 each. In RBI’s, it’s Pill and Sandoval leading the way with 11 each and Crawford and H. Sanchez with 10 a piece.

And just for fair measure here are Buster Posey’s stats. He had limited playing time, but his stats came in fairly average at .310 BA, 4 RBIs and 1 home run (which I was privileged to see. It was his first hit of spring too).

And, to be even more fair, since it seems Belt and Pill’s name came up a lot, here are Aubrey Huff’s stats: BA .273, RBI 4, HR 2. Nothing to complain too much about (it is still spring), but nothing to write home about either.