2022 Giants Projected Starting Lineup
1. 2B Mauricio Dubon: $570,000 (projected MLB minimum)
While he’ll likely defer to Brandon Crawford until his time with the team is done, Dubon has the defensive tools to be a standout shortstop. If his hit tool develops as hoped, he could be the team’s leadoff hitter of the future.
2. RF Hunter Bishop: $570,000 (projected MLB minimum)
The No. 10 pick in last year’s draft, Bishop hit .342/.479/.748 with 22 home runs and 63 RBI in 57 games at Arizona State last spring. He has middle-of-the-order run producer upside, with the athleticism to man center field and the speed to be a threat for double-digit steals.
3. CF Heliot Ramos: $570,000 (projected MLB minimum)
Ramos posted an .850 OPS with 16 home runs and 55 RBI in 444 plate appearances while reaching Double-A before his 20th birthday. He has a chance for five average-or-better tools, and while the Giants will be careful not to rush him, a 2021 debut seems reasonable.
4. C Joey Bart: $570,000 (projected MLB minimum)
After reaching Double-A in his first full season and then laying waste to Arizona Fall League pitching, Bart is on the fast track to stardom. The No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft has a chance to be a perennial All-Star and one of the best two-way players at the catcher position.
5. LF Mike Yastrzemski: $570,000 (projected MLB minimum)
One of the few bright spots on the 2019 roster, Yastrzemski posted a 123 OPS+ with 21 home runs in 107 games as a rookie. The late-bloomer is already 29 years old, but he still has a chance to be a long-term piece.
6. 3B Evan Longoria: $14.7 million
Longoria will be 36 years old and in the final guaranteed season of his contract in 2022. He quietly bounced back with a 102 OPS+ and 20 home runs in a 2.5-WAR season last year, but the Giants will no doubt be happy to be out from under his contract.
7. 1B Logan Wyatt: $570,000 (projected MLB minimum)
A second-round pick in 2019, Wyatt has considerable untapped power in his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame. He has the disciplined approach to move quickly through the minors and could be ready for the job by 2022.
8. SS Freddy Galvis: $5 million (projected FA signing)
The Giants have their shortstop of the future in Marco Luciano, but he’s still just 18 years old, and expecting him to be the guy by 2022 might be wishful thinking. Meanwhile, Galvis has strung together three straight seasons with at least 2.0 WAR, is a solid defender, and will still be just 32 years old in 2022. Signing him to a two-year, $10 million next offseason would bring some short-term stability to an important position.