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San Francisco Giants Center Field Expectations Going into Regular Season

SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 05: Austin Jackson
SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 05: Austin Jackson
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With just over a week left in Spring Training, the opening day roster for the San Francisco Giants seems to be coming into focus, with the Giants announcing their first round of cuts a week back and a second round of cuts just yesterday.

Generally, it seemed the last two spots in the rotation, end of the bullpen, the bench, and center field were all up for grabs going into spring.

Chris Stratton, Ty Blach, and Derek Holland appear to be the three competing for those two rotation spots.

Stratton and Blach are my favorite candidates, as they would each make less than Holland (more room for in-season additions) and have been much better at keeping runners off the bases. Holland has also started just one game so far this spring, despite sporting a lower ERA than the young duo.

The bullpen and bench have a variety of different options and will be difficult to tell who will come out on top, but Bruce Bochy and his staff will have numerous ways to organize them how they best see fit.

I could see Kelby Tomlinson and Pablo Sandoval being the bench infielders with the bullpen looking similar to last season’s, swapping Tony Watson for Steven Okert.

Meanwhile, we’re going to go ahead and evaluate the options the Giants have at center field, which primarily include free agent acquisition Austin Jackson, returning veteran Gregor Blanco, bench returnee Gorkys Hernandez, and rookie Steven Duggar.

Here’s what each of them have done so far this spring, what they need to do in order to break camp with the team, and their chances of making the major league roster.

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