San Francisco Giants 2011 Preview

2010 Record: 92-70

2011 Projected Roster

  • Catchers: Buster Posey, Eli Whiteside
  • Infielders: Brandon Belt, Freddy Sanchez, Pablo Sanchez, Miguel Tejada, Mike Fontenot
  • Outfielders: Andres Torres, Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff, Aaron Rowand, Mark DeRosa, Cody Ross
  • Starters: Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner, Barry Zito
  • Bullpen: Brian Wilson, Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, Javier Lopez, Ramon Ramirez, Guillermo Mota

Notable Signings

  1. Miguel Tejada: 1 year, $6.5MM

Notable Losses

  1. Juan Uribe
  2. Edgar Renteria
  3. Eugenio Velez

Top Prospects

  1. Brandon Belt: 1B
  2. Zack Wheeler: RHP
  3. Gary Brown: CF

Key Position Battles

  • First Base/Corner Outfield: Brandon Belt vs. Mark DeRosa vs. Pat Burrell – Aubrey Huff will either be the starting first basemen for the Giants or start in one of the corner outfield positions; therefore, one of these 3 will take that final spot. Pat Burrell played well upon his return to the NL last year after the Giants picked him up but he is over the hill and likely can not play everyday and is a major defensive liability. Mark DeRosa has also had age and injuries catch up to him so he will be a question mark all throughout the year. San Fran may want to keep Belt down in the minors until Memorial Day for service time purposes but is their best option from the get go. I am going to go out on a limb and say Belt makes the first base job his own(and DeRosa fills in in LF while Cody Ross in injured with Huff in RF.) First Base Pick: Brandon Belt

The San Francisco Giants seem to be polar opposites of the team they took on in the World Series last season, the Texas Rangers. While the Rangers have a tremendous offense, the Giants have been blessed with an incredible starting rotation. The rotation which carried the Giants to their first World Series championship since 1954(when they were still playing in New York at the Polo Grounds) is back in 2011 and consists of ace Tim Lincecum, the ever consistent Matt Cain, strikeout beast Jon Sanchez and rising star Madison Bumgarner. Lincecum can lead the league in strikeouts and compete for the Cy Young award in any given year. Some believe that Sanchez is due for a regression but I love this guy and the nasty stuff he has in his repertoire. Bumgarner is hoping to avoid the sophomore slump but the Verducci bug might bite him hard. There are a lot of haters out there when it comes to the San Fran offense but I am a believer. Buster Posey is one of this league’s top talents in all aspects of the game. I fully expect a .300 average and 20 home runs from him this season. It seems as though Aubrey Huff has plenty left in the tank and the newly trim Kung-Fu Panda Pablo Sandoval will look to get back to his old ways after a disastrous 2010. The key to the Giant offense may be a relatively unknown name around the country. This is because he has yet to have a Major League at bat in his career. Of course, I am talking about Brandon Belt. This guy is going to be the next Todd Helton. He has a pretty left handed swing and dominated Minor League Baseball last season with a .352/.455/.620 line and 23 home runs in 136 games over 3 levels(High A, AA, & AAA.) Keep an eye on this kid. The bullpen is of no real concern one way or the other; not much has changed from 2010. Brian Wilson, while a complete nut, has separated himself as one of the top closers, if not the best closer in the National League. He will start the year on the shelf but that will not last long so look for Sergio Romo to step up and pick up some saves early. The Giants are the real deal and as long as this young pitching staff is intact they have the chance to be a top tier team for many years to come; expect to see them playing October baseball this year.

WTP Projected 2011 Record: 92-70

 

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