The San Francisco Giants are just a few days away from opening the 2018 season against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, and Spring Training is giving them lots of optimism as they try to bounce back from a 98-loss season.
Players who in the past that maybe didn’t live up to their full potential are now making their case for an Opening Day roster spot. While some like Pablo Sandoval have cemented their 25-man roster slot, others like Mac Williamson may have been sent down but made quite an impression.
One area the Giants struggled with last year is offense. They ranked dead last in home runs (128), slugging percentage (.380), and OPS (.369).
But with some eye-opening contributions this Spring Training, the Giants led the Cactus League in batting average (.303), fifth in home runs (48), and second in hits (330).
Although you have to take spring training numbers with a grain of salt, that certainly gives us some optimism going into the season. Of course, it’s not like the offense can be much worse than it was a year ago, right?
With several veterans and newcomers having such good springs, you just have to hope that momentum carries over into the regular season. Especially with Madison Bumgarner being injuries and out for a while, the offense will need to pick up the slack until he returns.
Here are five San Francisco Giants players who’ve made a good impression this Spring Training.