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5 biggest Giants spring training storylines to watch

Nick San Miguel
Former Giants Bruce Bochy and current Giants manager Gabe Kapler. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Former Giants Bruce Bochy and current Giants manager Gabe Kapler. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Giants outfielders Mike Yastrzemski, Kevin Pillar and Austin Slater. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Battle for the outfield

Mike Yastrzemski is the only outfielder currently locked into a starting job, so the other two outfield spots are up for grabs.

That opens the door for the likes of Steven Duggar, Alex Dickerson, Jaylin Davis, and even our old pal Hunter Pence to seize the opportunity.

Duggar is obviously an asset with his speed and defense, but it remains to be seen whether he can hit enough to be a starting MLB outfielder.

When Dickerson first joined the Giants last summer, he almost singlehandedly jump-started the offense and ignited the team’s hot streak. If he can stay healthy, the Giants can only hope for the same kind of production.

With his ability to hit left-handed pitching, Pence makes an ideal candidate to platoon with Dickerson in left field. That said, both players come with a significant amount of injury risk.

In center field, we have to factor in recent addition Billy Hamilton, whose speed makes him an intriguing option. However, like Duggar, his bat is a major hindrance.

There remains the possibility that Dubon could see some playing time in center field, which provides another option for Gabe Kapler to mix and match in the outfield.

With all of that said, it will certainly be interesting to see how all of the chips fall in the Giants outfield this spring.

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