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I know it is early to speculate, and I certainly hope that Vogey can find his excellent form from the past two seasons again, but should he continue to get shelled like he has been this year, I'm wondering- aside from a trade to bring in another starter, what options do the Giants have? So far all of the future starters in AAA are having terrible seasons. What's going on with Eric Surkamp, any chance he might come back and get a chance at the job if Vogey continues to struggle?
1 week ago on Vogeldongs: A look at recent pitchers with spikes in HR-rate
Oops, I meant 2nd baseman of the future, everyone can see that Crawford will probably be manning SS for a good while, and with good reason.
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This is more of a general suggestion than a specific question- while I enjoy reading about minor league prospects every now and again, personally, I would find a regular comprehensive overview of each minor league team in the Giants' system a tad overwhelming (especially since the chances are good that we will either never see most of these guys in the majors, or if we do it may be several years down the road). What I would prefer to see is a regular minor league update of JUST those players who have a strong chance to contribute to the major league club either this year or next year. While I wouldn't mind seeing a Giants affiliated minor league team here and there, to be honest, I could care less how these teams do in the standings, as my concern is solely with the performance of the major league club (and I'm sure a majority of the followers of this blog probably share that feeling). So, for example, this year the players I am most interested in hearing about are names like Gary Brown, Adam Duvall, Heath Hembree, Eric Surkamp, Roger Kieschnick, Francisco Peguero, Yusmeiro Petit, and Dan Runzler, as these are the players I believe we are most likely to see when they expand the rosters later in the year, or in the unfortunate event that one of the regulars on the major league club were to suffer a serious injury. I would call it the "Big Club Hopefuls" update, or something like that.
On a completely unrelated side-note, why does anyone give a rat's patootie about Joe Panik? An even better question- why on Earth do the Giants see this guy as our shortstop of the future?? From all the scouting reports I've seen, it looks like we can eventually expect a second baseman who plays average defense, hits about .280, and doesn't particularly reach double digits in either HR's or SB's. Basically, he's Scutaro all over again, and while I love Scutaro for what he did last year (mostly for being Mr. Clutch for us, and hitting an uncharacteristic .362 after the trade), he's far from being a top-tier 2nd baseman, and I'm not exactly excited about the prospect of Scutaro level stats for the next ten years. For crying out loud, we have next to no power or speed prospects in the upper minors, there's no guarantee they'll be re-sigining Pence after this year, and Pagan is bound to lose some of his game-changing speed as he ages into his 30's. So what does that leave our power/speed prospects going forward? Bascially, now we've got three guys with marginal power, Panda, Posey, and Pence (none of which is likely to top 30 HR's this year). The only guys we have with 30+ SB speed are Pagan and Blanco, and who knows whether Blanco will be a reliable starter/platoon option for the forseeable future. Given how little effort the Giants' front office makes to bring in exciting names via free-agency (I still think they should've made a multi-year offer to Swisher this past offseason) Joe Panik's measly contact hitting ability will hardly represent a boost to what is probably the NL's least exciting offense. Why didn't the Giants use their 2011 first round pick on a guy who was a little less polished, but at least offered the promise of a decent upside? As far as I'm concerned, Panik can take as long as he damn well pleases getting up to the majors- for now, Nick Noonan is already doing everything this guy is eventually projected to do. Panik should be seen as a nice utility/PH option when e finally gets called up, and nothing more.
This guy ruined one game for us, and almost ruined another, I don't feel too bad for him myself.
1 month ago on GIFs: Dioner Navarro’s bad day at work