One of the biggest spring training storylines for the San Francisco Giants are who the five outfielders will be that make the Opening Day roster.
The San Francisco Giants have some decisions to make in the outfield before the start of the 2020 season. Mike Yastrzemski is the only outfielder locked into a starting gig, while the competition for the other two spots is fairly wide open.
Most teams have five outfielders on their active roster, so there are also two bench spots up for grabs among the outfield contingent. The competition for those spots will be one of the most intriguing storylines as spring training progresses.
The additions of Hunter Pence and Billy Hamilton near the end of the offseason further complicated the outfield situation. Pence was signed to a major league deal, so he will almost certainly make the roster, while Hamilton is a non-roster invitee who will have to claw his way onto the team.
The one positive, or negative depending on how you look at it, is that the Giants have a lot of options for who will fill out the final outfield spots.
They have younger guys like Steven Duggar or Jaylin Davis who might represent the future. They also have veterans like Hamilton or Darin Ruf, the former providing speed and the latter providing power.
That only scratches the surface, though.
With so many options, manager Gabe Kapler and the front office are going to have some tough decisions to make once rosters need to be set.
In the meantime, let’s take a swing at predicting who the five outfielders will be for the Giants on Opening Day.