San Francisco Giants: Middle Infield Preview For 2019
By Lamarr Fields
The San Francisco Giants position players report this week, with new leadership in the front office in place. Over the offseason, the Giants hired Farhan Zaidi as the general manager. With a change in direction usually means a change in philosophy.
The San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik was in trade talks for much of this offseason but ended up not getting trading at all. Panik not being traded keeps the Crawford and Panik double play dual intact.
The Giants added some middle infield depth over the winter also. Breyvic Valera was acquired by trade and also signed utility infielder Yangervis Solarte to a minor league contract. The depth is much needed because Panik is on the DL often.
It is essential to have strong defense up the middle Crawford, and Panik provides that, both are good defensively. It will be crucial for the Giants to play strong defense up this year with the lack of hitters on the roster. The Defense will be led by Crawford and Panik those two guys must set the tone for the Giants defense.
With the depth on the Giants infield roster, even if Panik goes down, the team will have capable replacements ready to step up and play. Having depth is one of the things Zaidi believes in, he likes to platoon players; you might see Panik in a platoon situation.
Now we’ll going to take an in-depth look at each middle infielder on the roster.