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5 San Francisco Giants Players Who Impressed in 2018 Spring Training

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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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 29: Josh Osich
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 29: Josh Osich /

3) Josh Osich

Osich was the classic case of a pitcher with great stuff, but who just couldn’t control it.

But this spring, Osich seems like he is making the transition from thrower to pitcher.

Coming into Sunday’s game, in 10 1/3 innings pitched this spring, he has not allowed a run. He has amassed 14 strikeouts and has only given up six hits. His WHIP is only .871.

More importantly, the 29-year-old has only given up three walks this spring.

Osich has not had much success in his three-year big league career. Over three seasons, he has a 4.65 ERA and has averaged over 4.5 walks per nine innings. His WHIP is a high 1.449.

But he has made a few adjustments and is ready to contribute to the Giants if he makes the Opening Day roster.

“It’s just one of those learning years,” Osich told NBC Sports Bay Area. “I tried to live at the bottom of the zone and I was, but I was actually below the zone. So then I would fall behind and need to throw a strike and that’s when guys would hit me.”

With lefty Will Smith still on the shelf until at least May, Osich could be a valuable compliment in the bullpen to newly-acquired southpaw Tony Watson.

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