SF Giants: Three down from week 2 of spring training
After putting together two strong seasons with the Giants, Alex Dickerson is not fighting for a roster spot this spring. He will see the bulk of the playing time in left field, especially against right-handed pitching. Darin Ruf will give him plenty of days off as the right side of a platoon timeshare in left field.
The SF Giants got a strong .947 OPS with 13 home runs from the left-field position in 2020 and much of that production was due to Dickerson and Ruf.
Hopefully, Dickerson begins to hit a little more as the season approaches. He has just three hits in 15 at-bats with three walks, so he is still finding a way to reach base.
Similar to Dickerson, Wandy Peralta is not necessarily fighting for a roster spot in camp. However, it bears mentioning that the Giants have brought in a pair of veteran southpaws in Jake McGee and Jose Alvarez on guaranteed contracts, so the Giants are not short on left-handed relievers.
That said, Peralta has been hit hard this spring as he has yielded five earned runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings. His fastball sits comfortably in the mid-90’s and he flashed a strong slider last year (.133 opponent BA). These are the type of qualities that do not grow on trees.
3. Jaylin Davis
Jaylin Davis may be in a similar position to Steven Duggar in that he could be sitting on the bubble of the 40-man roster. After being acquired from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Sam Dyson at the 2019 trade deadline, there was a lot of hope that Davis would become a regular contributor.
However, contact issues continue to plague the 26-year-old and that has carried over into the Cactus League. He has three hits in 15 at-bats, but with eight strikeouts. In fairness to the outfield prospect, he has made hard contact on several occasions that did not find a hole, but that happens in baseball all of the time.
When camp concludes, the SF Giants may need to create a 40-man spot for someone like Nick Tropeano or Shun Yamaguchi. They currently have eight outfielders on the 40-man roster, which seems like a surplus, so Davis or Duggar might hit waivers to make room for someone else.
Editor’s note: Stats are as of 3/15/21.