Spring Training is nearing the end and there are many, many new faces San Francisco Giants fans have gotten to know. Seriously, look at the sheer amount of transactions Farhan Zaidi has made since he took over the front office.
There are a lot of names there, but most of them honestly won’t matter for the big league club this season. Since this is shaping up to be a transition season, the San Francisco Giants didn’t bring in top tier talent (although they certainly did flirt with one) like they normally do, opting to instead bring in a medley of minor league free agents, waiver claims, and Rule 5 draftees.
Some of them are past their prime and will now serve as depth options (Steven Vogt, Craig Gentry), some have upside but had no opportunities at their previous club (Travis Bergen, Michael Reed), and some the Giants hope can be developed further in their minor league system (Jose Lopez, Breyvic Valera).
Because they’ve been taking fliers left and right, Giants have added a considerable amount of depth this offseason. They even brought in Brandon Beachy, who hasn’t pitched since 2016, when he threw just one inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie Team.
Still, the odds are stacked against any one of those players breaking camp with the big league team. The Giants have an expensive group of players already in place and added other players more likely to contribute to the major league roster.
I want to take a look at some of those new players that might be a bit more relevant to see what they might be expected to contribute to the 2019 Giants. Let’s start with the only newcomer they actually signed to a Major League contract…