There are currently 67 players on the San Francisco Giants’ spring roster and just 25 men will get the honor of suiting up for Opening Day April 1 in Los Angeles.
While most teams around baseball have a handful of competitions developing for various roles, the San Francisco Giants are returning almost all of the members of their World Series roster. Only Aubrey Huff, Xavier Nady, Ryan Theriot and Guillermo Mota have left vacancies. Despite an oblique injury, Andres Torres is a near-lock to take Nady’s spot. That means all Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean and the rest of the Giants’ brain trust have to debate is which three players – most likely a reliever, utility infielder, and fifth outfielder – can help the club the most.
Francisco Peguero is the early favorite to claim the extra spot in the outfield thanks to a .538 spring average, which dropped from .571 Tuesday as he went 2-for-4 in a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians. His two hits included a line drive single and an infield single, which showcased his speed. Even his two outs were impressive. He hustled down the line and just missed beating out a routine ground ball to third. And in his final at-bat in the ninth against former Giant Joe Martinez, Peguero hit a screaming liner that was caught by the second baseman.
Peguero, 24, was signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2005 and made his big league debut on Aug. 25 last season. Bruce Bochy said after Tuesday’s game that Peguero definitely has a chance to earn a return trip to The Show.
“He’s doing what you want these kids to do,” Bochy said. “He’s playing well; he’s making solid contact. Even in the ninth inning, he smoked that ball to second. I like his approach up there right now and he’s seeing the ball well. This thing, as always, is going to be a tough decision. But he’s doing what he needs to do and that’s play well.”
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CSN Bay Area | Mar 6