Originally posted on Full Spectrum Baseball  |  Last updated 2/19/12

This edition of DOs And DON’Ts will focus on the 40-man roster of the San Francisco Giants.  The Giants will be trying to have a bounce back year.  They won the World Series in 2010 and then failed to even make the playoffs last year.  They didn’t make many moves during the winter as they have a very good pitching staff and they expect to get a big boost from having Buster Posey their catcher return from injury.

  • Do take some pitchers from the Giants starting staff.  You have excellent choices here with Tim Lincecum leading the way.  There is also Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong.
  • If there is a guy that I would say Don’t take from the starting pitching staff it would be Barry Zito.  Zito is nothing like he used to be with the Oakland Athletics.  He is a shell of his former self and really has never cut it in San Francisco.  He got a huge contract and has never lived up to it.  Zito last year was 3-4 with a 5.87 ERA, he only appeared in 13 games and nine starts.  The year before he was 9-14 with a 4.15 ERA and that was one of the better years he has had in San Francisco.
  • Do rank Brian Wilson as one of your top picks for closer.  If nothing else you have to fear the beard.  He was 6-4 with a 3.11 ERA last season.  In the last four years that was his lowest save total.  He has had 41, 38, 48 and then the 36 last year.
  • Don’t think Aubrey Huff is a very good option for first base.  The first base position is loaded and he has had some good seasons but not great ones.  He will probably give you anywhere from 15-25 homeruns and drive in 60-90 runs.  He batted 246 with 12 homeruns and 59 RBI last year.  He has been around for a while and may be on the decline.  I would think that his best years are behind him and he doesn’t have a great lineup around him in San Francisco.
  • Brandon Belt is another first baseman and the Giants top prospect.  In his first season he struggled but I would lean to Do take him especially in a keeper league.  He is a guy with a lot of potential, he should develop into a pretty good power hitter and definitely hit better then 225.
  • Don’t think Freddy Sanchez is a legitimate option at second base.  He is a nice player, he may help you in the batting average category and not hurt you defensively.  He doesn’t have any power though and won’t drive in any runs.  His best year was 11 homeruns and 81 RBI.  He will most likely hit 5-8 homeruns with 40-60 RBI.  His on base is pretty good but not great and he won’t even steal  you any bases.
  • Do like what you see from Pablo Sandoval.  The nickname alone Kung Fu Panda would be enough for me.  Sandoval had a good year last year batting 315 with 23 homeruns and 70 RBI.  He bounced back from a tough year in 2010 where he hit 268 with 13 homeruns and 63 RBI.  He is a 20+ homerun guy who should drive in 70-80 runs and hits for a 300+ average.  He will also get on base at a 350+ clip and have a pretty high slugging percentage.  He is a guy at the very least you want to root for by having him on your team.
  • Ryan Theriot may be a nice bench player but Don’t take him.  He is a guy once again that plays second base and maybe can be utilized as a utility guy.  He has no power though and won’t drive in many runs.  He could steal you some bases though so I would rank him ahead of Sanchez, he is a 282 career hitter.
  • Do take a chance with Melky Cabrera but not as one of your main outfielders.  He may be a nice option off the bench or as a reserve outfielder.  Cabrera did enjoy his best year last year in Kansas City where he hit 305 with 18 homeruns and 87 RBI, he also stole 20 bases.  The year before in Atlanta he had a terrible year, he was always a clutch hitter in New York but never really had an opportunity.  He may be coming into his own although in a big park like San Francisco his power numbers may go down.
  • Angel Pagan is not a very smart baseball player.  He is one of those guys that has talent but just doesn’t have the instincts.  I would say Don’t bother with him at all.  His best year he hit 11 homeruns and had 69 RBI.  He does have a 279 career batting average which isn’t too bad.  He doesn’t walk enough but he can steal some bases.  His on base percentage isn’t great, I would guess in San Francisco you won’t see much power at all.  I am not a big fan of his and would stay away from him.
  • Charlie Culberson, you might say who is he??  He is a second base prospect in A, maybe this season he will reach AA.  He had a breakout campaign last year where he hit 290, with 28 doubles, 16 homeruns and 71 RBI and 25 stolen bases in just 128 games.  I would say DO take a look at him for a keeper league.  He may not be up in the big leagues real soon but a guy to keep your eye on and take a risk on as a possible future star.  He also batted 366 in the Arizona Fall League and was named a rising star.

Please take a look at all the DOs And DON’Ts covered not only be me but my colleagues at Full Spectrum Baseball.  We are working very hard on getting all the teams covered before the fantasy leagues start having their drafts in about a month or so.  I would say there are at least half of the teams or more covered already.  If you have any comments on this article, please share them below.  I can also be reached and followed via Twitter @gmarchesej.

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