Takeaways From The 2014 MLB Draft

So…the draft happened. The way the Giants are playing, it’s unlikely they’ll have another high draft pick.  So, while every draft matters, I don’t think anyone disagreed that, with the 14th pick this year, they had to hit. I think they did. Let’s take a look at recent Giants first round picks: 2009, #6 overall – Zack Wheeler – Very talented, but traded.  Not having...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

How To Replace Belt

I’m getting really tired of these broken fingers and hands. The Giants have the best record in the National League.  But 2013 was starting off alright, until a key injury.  2011 looked good at first until a key injury.  And Brandon Belt just got majorly hurt. It’s too early to start debating how long he’ll be out, but he’ll be out.  Everyone else is talking about the...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Power Outages, Still

Well, I suppose there’s always Mark Minicozzi… The three Giants home runs this spring belong to Minicozzi, Adam Duvall and Ehire Adrianza.  Only Adrianza has even the barest chance of making the team.  And, well, no one should count on him as a source of power, considering his power set. This isn’t to say that there isn’t some good signs this spring.  All spring stats...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Top Prospects – Part 2

Giants’ Top 10 lists have been rather intriguing and spread out…at least, after Kyle Crick.  There are varying thoughts about which of the mess of pitchers the Giants have are ahead of the others, there are disagreements about the ceilings of the low-ceiling offensive players, as well as how much to believe in some short-season stats. That’s not going to stop me from entering...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Steamer Projects: San Francisco Giants Prospects

Earlier today, polite and Canadian and polite Marc Hulet published his 2014 organizational prospect list for the San Francisco Baseball Giants. It goes without saying that, in composing such a list, Hulet has considered the overall future value those prospects might be expected to provide either to the Giants or whatever other organizations to which they might someday belong. What...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Locally, Act Globally

I watch a lot of amateur baseball. You can maybe tell from my articles and tweets that the origin of prospects and how they enter professional baseball is of great interest to me. While brainstorming ideas for this article I was looking over the San Francisco Giants farm system and I got to looking at where their prospects originated from. I don’t only mean high school or college…...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Roster Update, Lopez Signing, Bill Mueller and Giants on the HOF Ballot

The San Francisco Giants have added Gary Brown, Kendry Flores, Adam Duvall and Hunter Strickland to the 40-man roster. They’ve also DFA’d pitcher Guillermo Moscoso.   Reliever Javier Lopez has agreed to a three year contract with the Giants worth $13 million. The deal is pending a physical which will take place today.​   Ex-Giant third baseman Bill Mueller has...
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November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

The Latest SF Giants News: Lopez's Contract, and Team Transactions

It may be the middle of November, and opening day may still be months away (don’t remind us), but there’s still Giants news to talk about. Today was the last day for players to be added to the 40-man roster, so as to avoid being taken by other teams in the Rule 5 draft in December. The Giants added four players to the roster: right-handed pitcher Kendry Flores, third baseman...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

A Minor Review of 2013: Giants

There is always a bit of a lull between the end of the minor league playoffs in September and the start of the annual top prospects lists in early November. Because of that gap, I’m breathing new life into an old feature that I wrote for the site in FanGraphs’ infancy back in 2008 and 2009. The series ‘A Minor Review of 2013′ will look back on some of the major happenings...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: More Losses Isn’t A Bad Thing

Chris Stratton: Giants 1st Round Pick (20th Overall) In 2012 First-Year Player Draft With 133 games down and just 29 left on the schedule, the San Francisco Giants find themselves 19 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West and 15.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the second Wild Card spot.   Even if the Giants finish the season 29-0...
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August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants’ Gary Brown – A Falling Star

  It was very fitting that on Tuesday, August 27th, Baseball Hot Corner released their special team reports chronicling each teams first round picks for the past decade (to see the team report for the San Francisco Giants, click here).  It was fitting because it just so happens that the Giants triple-A affiliate, Fresno Grizzlies, was in town to take on the Oakland A’s triple...
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August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Gary Brown likes what he sees in Cowboys backfield

Gary Brown has only been the Dallas Cowboys running backs coach for a few months. But in his short time working with starter DeMarco Murray, 2013 fifth-round pick Joseph Randle as well as Dallas-Fort Worth area products like Lance Dunbar of North Texas and Phillip Tanner of Dallas Kimball High School plus undrafted free agent Kendial Lawrence, he definitely has developed quite an...
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August 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants Rumors: San Francisco's interest in Cubs' Matt Garza 'growing'

The San Francisco Giants appear to be setting their main focus on a bigger fish after losing out on the Ricky Nolasco sweepstakes to the rival Dodgers. While the Dodgers are playing good baseball, you can't really say that about the Giants. They have been losing games, batting out of order and battling injuries to pretty much everyone. The Giants after losing out on Ricky...
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July 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Down on the Farm: Gary Brown

Pic Courtesy of Steven Robles ( Gary Brown went to Cal State Fullerton and was drafted #1 by the San Francisco Giants (24th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. In 2011, he shined for the Single-A Advanced San Jose Giants, earning California League Rookie of the Year honors. Brown hit .336 and set a franchise record for hits with 188. Other highlights...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Big Ten adding Holiday, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowls

Penn State will not be eligible for postseason play until the 2016 college football season, barring any unforeseen change of heart from the NCAA offices. By the time the Nittany Lions are eligible for postseason contention, the Big Ten will have some new bowl destinations lined up. The Big Ten will be adding the Holiday Bowl (as expected) and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to the...
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June 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Quick Thoughts On Ryder Jones, the SF Giants 2013 2nd Round Pick

So, in the second round, with the 64th overall pick, the San Francisco Giants picked up Ryder Jones.  He’s another high school shortstop, this time out of North Carolina, though he’s expected to move to third base at the next level.  He was also listed by Baseball America as the #197 prospect.  Taken with the 64th pick.  Other sites didn’t bother listing him. However, it’s...
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June 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball, Week 6 PCL Updates: Mike Zunino, Zack Wheeler & Gary Brown

Every fantasy baseball player has two loves, numbers and prospects. As the first month of the season draws to a close and small sample sizes begin to transform into trends, we watch ever so closely looking to stay a step ahead of our competition. Certain categories, like strikeouts, speed or power always seem to be scarce therefore lets take a look at three PCL prospects that possess...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants Farm System: Names to Watch in 2013

The major league season has begun, but the farm is about to start games as well.  For all you Giants fans out there, here’s a quick guide to the guys you should keep an eye on at each level of the farm system for the future of the Giants. Fresno Grizzlies (AAA): • Gary Brown – The top pick in 2010, Brown was expected to be on the fast track to be the Giants center fielder...
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April 02, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: 21 Spring Training Cuts

  Spring Training BP 2013 – Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors Today the San Francisco Giants made a ton of Spring Training cuts. They’ve optioned and reassigned 21 players. An Optioned player means they’re on the 40-man roster and they’re being option to one of the Giants minor league teams. The players that are not on the 40-man roster are reassigned to minor league...
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March 15, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Bumgarner, Darvish, Tanaka, Torres, Jackson, Brown and Team Japan

  Credit: Steven Robles – Yesterday the San Francisco Giants beat the Rangers 2-1. Madison Bumgarner was on point and outshined the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Kensuke Tanaka is a former teammate of Darvish. They played together in Japan for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Tanaka singled off Darvish, and then poured salt in the wound by stealing a bag off of him as well...
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March 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Things You Only Hear Baseball Fans Say In February: 2013 Edition

Everyone’s got a scrub or prospect or three they’re looking forward to seeing. For me with the Giants, Gary Brown and Joe Panik are the obvious ones.  I’m not expecting either one to be soon, but both are important to the Giants’ future, so I want to see them get chances.  With Scutaro and Pagan going to the WBC soon, that’s likely to happen. The other one is a pet prospect...
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February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers – NL West

Here is the sixth article in the series of 2013 fantasy baseball sleepers. While the term “sleeper” has lost some of its luster with so much information available on the internet and whether you want to use the term “sleeper” or a value selection or profit performer, these players can provide you good value or better than expected value based on where they will be drafted...
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Top 10 Prospects: 7 Through 4

Unlike last year, we won’t be doing a special comic for number 1, so four prospects today. It might seem like I’m down on a lot of prospects this year.  Well, to be perfectly clear, 2012 was not a good year for Giants prospects.  Many top prospects had disappointing years, at best.  Only Kyle Crick and Clayton Blackburn really had huge years. That said, I still like the farm...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Cowboys to hire Browns RB coach Brown

The Cowboys are set to hire Cleveland Browns running backs coach Gary Brown for the same job in Dallas. The team's website reported Friday that the addition of Brown was expected to be completed next week. He would replace Skip Peete, who was the first coach fired in an offseason overhaul of coach Jason Garrett's staff. Brown spent the past four seasons with the Browns...
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February 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Cowboys set to hire Browns RB coach Gary Brown

The Cowboys are set to hire Cleveland Browns running backs coach Gary Brown for the same job in Dallas. The team's website reported Friday that the addition of Brown was expected to be completed next week. He would replace Skip Peete, who was the first coach fired in an offseason overhaul of coach Jason Garrett's staff. Brown spent the past four seasons with the Browns...
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February 08, 2013  |  Discuss
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