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San Francisco Giants Spring Training Preview: Catchers

Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) reacts during the ninth inning of game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) reacts during the ninth inning of game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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Aramis Garcia of the San Francisco Giants, while still playing for Florida International
Photo – FIU Athletics

Aramis Garcia

Aramis Garcia is No. 6 on the San Francisco Giants’ Top 30 Prospect list, and will be joining the team in Scottsdale for the third time in his career.

Garcia signed July 28, 2014, after being drafted in the 2nd round from Florida International. The former Conference USA Player of the Year has shown steady growth in the Giants’ farm system.

Garcia needs to improve his defense if he wants to be a serious competitor. But, he is 24 so we can call it a work in progress.

Matt Winn

This is Matt Winn’s second invitation to Spring Training since San Francisco first signed him in June of 2015.

The graduate of Virginia Military Institute began the 2016 campaign as Richmond’s opening day catcher and he hit .250 with a pair of home runs over 15 games with the Squirrels.

Winn shifted back to Augusta on April 29 and would remain in Augusta for the remainder of the season.  The catcher slugged 13 home runs with 49 RBI in 95 games with the GreenJackets.

Josmil Pinto

The San Francisco Giants acquired Free Agent  Josmil Pinto from the Milwaukee Brewers last November. Pinto will have a minor league job for the Giants this season, and will most likely start in Sacramento.

Josmil Pinto made has been active since 2006, but made his first Major League debut with Minnesota in 2013. Since his debut, Pinto has only seen 89 games at the Major League level. Last year alone, he only accumulated 6 plate appearances for Milwaukee, and they weren’t anything spectacular.

In 11 minor league seasons, Pinto has hit .274 for an OPS of .791. He could likely fall into the fifth spot behind either Brown or Federowicz, but who’s counting after four on the depth chart anyways.

Next: Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen

Stay tuned to Around the Foghorn as we gear up for spring training!

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