SF Giants: Three down from week 1 of spring training
Things have not gone as planned since Steven Duggar debuted with the club in 2018. At one point, he was thought to be a long-term fixture in center field. However, the left-handed bat has struggled mightily at the plate as he has registered a .236/.238/.349 line (70 OPS+) in three seasons. This comes with an extremely high 28.4 percent strikeout rate as well.
It has been more of the same from Duggar this spring. He has one hit in eight at-bats with one walk and six strikeouts. The number that stands out is the six strikeouts as the swing-and-miss concerns continue.
Duggar is not necessarily competing for a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he is very much fighting to maintain his place on the 40-man roster.
Chadwick Tromp quickly became a likable figure in the super weird, 2020 season. His energy and positivity are just a couple of qualities that capture your attention right away.
In the field, Tromp displayed the skill set to be a solid backup catcher. He was a quality pitch-framer and flashed a strong arm to manage the running game. With the bat, 25-year-old struggled to the tune of a .645 OPS, but it came with four home runs in 64 plate appearances. While he did not bring a lot of offensive value to the table, he had a good idea of the type of pitches he could do damage against.
This year, Tromp has collected just one hit in six at-bats. The SF Giants signed him to a major-league contract this winter, but with four catchers on the 40-man roster, there seems to be an unusual surplus.
Anthony Banda was originally acquired by San Francisco in exchange for cash from the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2020 trade deadline. He did not make an appearance with the club before being outrighted off of the 40-man roster in the winter.
The Giants brought him back on a minor-league pact with an invite to spring training and a chance to compete for a roster spot. Banda was regarded as a quality prospect earlier in his career and he throws from the left side, so he brings some intriguing traits to the table.
With that being said, the southpaw has yielded three earned runs on four hits and three walks in two innings of work. It is still early for all three of them to turn it around.
Editor’s Note: Stats are as of 3/6/2021.