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San Francisco Giants 2019 Spring Training Preview: Outfield

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 26: Steven Duggar #6 of the San Francisco Giants dives for the ball that goes for a triple off the bat of Brad Miller #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the top of the six inning at AT&T Park on July 26, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 26: Steven Duggar #6 of the San Francisco Giants dives for the ball that goes for a triple off the bat of Brad Miller #10 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the top of the six inning at AT&T Park on July 26, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Because left field is the easiest outfield position to play defensively it is wide open with lots of candidates.  Even infielders Brandon Belt, Yangervis Solarte, and Alan Hansen might get significant playing time here.

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However, it will all come down to who can hit thus I give Mac Williamson and his intriguing power bat the edge in making the roster here among pure outfielders.  Williamson is also out of minor league options giving him an even greater edge.

Center field seems firmly in the grasp of Steven Duggar and I predict Drew Ferguson, if he has any kind of spring at all, will get the backup job here because of his Rule 5 status.  However, if Ferguson falters look for Cameron Maybin to grab a roster spot here.

Gerardo Parra seems destined to start in right field.  If the club carries a 5th outfielder the versatile Austin Slater, who can also play in the infield, seems the logical choice.

However, if the last outfield roster spot comes down to either Maybin or Slater I predict Cameron Maybin to make the roster and Austin Slater, who still has minor league options, to be sent down for more seasoning.

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Those of you saying at this point, along with Peggy Lee, “Is that all there is?” are certainly not alone.  In response, I would say there is a strong possibility that the Giants, at some point during spring training, will add to their front line outfielders.  Adding yet another twist to what should be an interesting spring training for the San Francisco Giants outfield.

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