For the final projected outfield spot, it was a toss-up between Austin Slater and Jaylin Davis. In the end, Slater gets the nod because of his versatility. He can play outfield, first base, and the team has had him take grounders at other infield positions as well.
Last season, when the Giants were hot during the summer, Slater was tearing the cover off the ball in the minors. Once he was finally called up, he played a significant role in helping the team offensively.
Unfortunately, he really struggled towards the end of the year, but if he can find some consistency then he would be worth having on the bench and possibly as a starter if he’s swinging a hot bat.
Plus, his ability to play in both the infield and outfield fits with the modern desire for as much defensive flexibility as possible from players.
Slater just needs to have a solid spring to win a spot on the team. He does not needing to prove himself to the same extent that someone like Davis does.
So there are my picks for the five outfielders I think will win a spot on the Opening Day roster.
However, there are a few other players worth mentioning who may start the year on the outside looking in, but could make their way to San Francisco at some point in 2020.