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5 San Francisco Giants Players Who Impressed in 2018 Spring Training

By Vince Cestone
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Mac Williamson #51 of the San Francisco Giants is greeted in the dugout after a solo home run in the eighth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Mac Williamson #51 of the San Francisco Giants is greeted in the dugout after a solo home run in the eighth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – MARCH 09: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI single in the fouth inning of the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Scottsdale Stadium on March 9, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – MARCH 09: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI single in the fouth inning of the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Scottsdale Stadium on March 9, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

2) Pablo Sandoval

After having a miserable couple of years with the Boston Red Sox, Sandoval looks like he could be a valuable bench piece for the Giants.

After having a decent return to San Francisco last season, the Panda is making an impression this Spring Training.

Coming into Sunday’s game, he led the team in RBI with 15, and has shown some power. In 48 at-bats, he has a .313 average and three home runs, along with a .914 OPS.

The one knock on the switch-hitting Sandoval is he’s a much better hitter from the left side. This spring, he’s 3-for-13 (.231) with a double from the right side.

This comes after a disastrous 2 1/2 seasons with the Red Sox.

But when he returned to the Giants in the middle of last year, he showed some flashes of his World Series MVP days, so they decided to give him another shot.

Although he hit only .225 in 160 at-bats, he hit five home runs, including a walk-off on the last day of the season. The Giants are hoping a change of scenery, back in familiar territory, will bring him back to his old form.

So far, he looks good in spring, but we’ll see how he looks come the regular season.

Sandoval told the San Jose Mercury News he’s ready to contribute, even in a part-time role.

“If I make the team, I’m going to be ready for everything, every situation, every opportunity I’m going to get,” Sandoval said last week. “I just keep working on things I can handle and try to do the best I can out there for my teammates.”

And on Sunday, he continued to make his case with a long, eight-inning home run against the A’s.

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