San Francisco Giants Reader Mailbag: Winning streaks and youth movements
In the words of Hunter Pence, “YES! YES! YES!” Again, much like the question above, I know there is sarcasm abound in this. But a part of us feels like the world is coming to an end. It’s not. The Giants will be good again. Whether they somehow turn it on at some-point this season, then we’ll see it. For “funsies”, the 2002 Milwaukee Brewers did win five in a row at one point while going 61-101. The 2011 Astros who went 56-106 had two separate four game winning streaks, and the 2012 Astros had one four game winning streak and one five game winning streak. So you can still be absolutely terrible, and have winning streaks. Again, we know the question was sarcasm, but still. Had to have fun with it. THE GIANTS WILL HAVE A WINNING STREAK AGAIN. I PROMISE.
A Youth Movement?
We’ve heard plenty about the possibility of a youth movement, especially with the direction this season has already gone. Ryder Jones has really come around as a hitting prospect, and has been learning some first and third base. The absolute latest I see the Giants giving Jones a chance is the 40 man roster expansion date. He leads the River Cats in homers, in about ten less games than those who have been there the whole season. IF the Giants trade Brandon Belt, I bet he get’s called up immediately to fill in. The thing about that is, there is no indication the Giants would want to trade Belt, or are looking to trade him. I wouldn’t be opposed to it, especially if it nets a decent prospect haul, but it doesn’t seem likely.
As for the second question, I’m not sure how I feel about Slade Heathcott getting that callup. You can argue he wouldn’t be any worse than Gorkys, and you would be right. The big thing here is that Jarrett Parker and Mac Willamson are closer to being big league ready than Heathcott is. By the all-star break, the Giants need to have DFA’d Gorkys, and have both Mac Willamson and Jarrett Parker on the big league roster. Parker should be back by then, and Willamson just needs some patience at the big league level. I get what you’re getting at, with bringing in youth to get some experience over a Four-A re-tread bumming it up every day. I agree. Just don’t think Heathcott is the man for it.
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