There is no shortage of compelling storylines surrounding the San Francisco Giants as spring training gets to set to begin from Scottsdale, Arizona.
With less than two weeks before spring training begins, there are a lot of storylines surrounding the San Francisco Giants. Which ones are worth keeping an eye on once exhibition games begin in earnest?
A largely boring offseason for the San Francisco Giants heated up in the last week or so with the surprise signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence, two fan favorites who seemed to have moved on from the Giants for good.
Their additions may have been more of a ploy by the front office to build some good will after the last few months put them on thin ice with segments of the fanbase, but if last season was any indication, they can still contribute to in the big leagues.
Outside of those two additions, the team made a plethora of smaller signings to try to bolster a rebuilding roster. It will be interesting to see whether guys like Billy Hamilton, Jerry Blevins, or Yolmer Sanchez can fight their way onto the Opening Day roster amid heavy competition for 26 spots.
Then there are also younger players heading into their sophomore seasons like Mike Yastrzemski and Mauricio Dubon who will try to build upon what they showed last season. Plus, young prospects like Joey Bart and Sean Hjelle will surely have all eyes on them as the team looks to see if they may have two future faces of the franchise in the young catcher and pitcher.
Overarching all of these storylines is manager Gabe Kapler’s first season with the Giants. Following Bruce Bochy would not have been an easy act for anyone, let alone someone with an unimpressive head coaching record and other baggage from his time in the Dodgers organization.
Now let’s take a deeper dive into the five biggest storylines that will be worth monitoring once pitchers and catchers report for duty.