In a previous post, I took a look at which position players may make the Opening Day roster for the Giants. Now, it is time to look at who really did.
Infield: 1st to 3rd will be Brandon Belt, Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and the speedy Eduardo Nunez (who has three stolen bases in the first four games of the season). Aaron Hill made the team as a backup infielder, and has already seen some time in left field, his first career appearance in the outfield. Postseason hero Conor Gillaspie also made the team, although he probably will not see much action.
Outfield: The left field battle ended up not being as exciting as I would have hoped, as Mac Williamson went down with an injury during spring. He is expected to go to Triple-A once he returns. His competition for the spot was Jarrett Parker, who starts the season in a platoon with Chris Marrero, who hit the cover off of the ball in spring, hitting eight home runs, including a few walk-off blasts.
Denard Span started the year in center field, although a bruised hip is currently keeping him out of action. Gorkys Hernandez is available as a fill-in much the same way as Gregor Blanco had been the past several seasons.
Hunter Pence is, as always, happy to hang out in right field, and, barring injury, should start almost every game for the team this season.
The outfield situation is quite concerning and a definite spot to watch… Stay tuned!