February 23, 2020

SF Giants mailbag: What jobs are up for grabs and who’s ready to shine in the outfield?

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Pitchers and catchers have reported and positions players have begun trickling in, but Giants camp doesn’t truly begin until our first reader mailbag of the spring is published.

Well, the time has come and I’m pleased to dive right in after a chaotic offseason that brought the Giants a new general manager, field manager, coaching staff and even a few new players. It certainly feels different around Scottsdale this year and I’ll be the eyes and ears for you –our valued reader– all the way from now until the last game of the season.

We plan to release a mailbag with answers to your most pressing questions each Thursday during the spring and into the regular season, too. To submit a question, you can reach me via email at kcrowley@bayareanewsgroup.com, on Twitter: @KO_Crowley or on Instagram: @GiantsKerry.

Question: @11012010Finally: Which inexperienced outfielder do you expect a big year from?

Answer: The Giants seem to treat Mike Yastrzemski more like a veteran than an up-and-comer, so I’ll remove him from the equation even though I think it’s relatively realistic for Yastrzemski to have another impressive year atop the Giants lineup.

I think Austin Slater, Steven Duggar and Chris Shaw are all capable of seizing a starting spot and running with it, but the player I’m most intrigued by is Jaylin Davis. He’s an impressive athlete with a physically imposing frame, has tremendous raw power and the versatility to move around the outfield, which is something the Giants value.

Question: @Camstrong53: Lots of depth has been acquired over the offseason, do you see a lot of releases through out the course of spring training or do you think they’ll go more veteran big league club and younger players on the Sacramento team and call them up as needed?

Answer: This is a good question because the Giants have acquired a lot of veteran players with major league experience on minor league contracts this offseason. One of the reasons they took this approach is because Farhan Zaidi and Gabe Kapler wanted to create competition in camp while maintaining flexibility on the 40-man roster.

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