San Francisco Giants: The Good and the Bad from the First Week
It has not been all sunshine and rainbows this spring. Some players have been struggling to get going.
Cameron Maybin is still looking for his first hit despite having 10 Spring Training at-bats. This includes 3 strikeouts as well.
Though, Maybin appears to be toying with his swing. Like many other players, he is trying to create a better launch angle. He may need some time to get comfortable.
Next in line is Abiatal Avelino. To be fair, Avelino’s chances of making the opening day roster seemed remote.
Avelino is a versatile infielder, but he has committed two errors at shortstop. Avelino’s calling card will be his ability to handle multiple positions, and it is likely he will need more seasoning in Sacramento before establishing himself.
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His bat has left a bit to be desired as well. Similar to Maybin, Avelino is still searching for his first hit despite already having 10 at-bats. This includes 5 strikeouts.
Finally, Aramis Garcia is struggling a bit as well. Garcia burst on to the scene with 4 September home runs at the end of last season.
Since he is the only other catcher on the 40-man roster, the path to making the opening day roster seems a bit easier.
Despite this, Garcia has not shown much yet. He has enormous power, and he showed off some of that power on Friday. However, he still only has 1 hit in 8 at-bats.
Garcia’s ability to play first base might help his case. Rene Rivera and Cameron Rupp are also aiming for the backup catcher role. However, each of them have little experience beyond catcher.
Since Farhan Zaid likes versatility, Garcia’s ability to play first might be a notch on his belt. He needs to show a little more with the bat, but he has the inside track at this point.
Spring Training is only one week in, but camp battles are beginning to take shape. First impressions are being made, but there is still several weeks for players to rework these impressions.