The San Francisco Giants released their official Opening Day roster on April 4, just two days before their regular season debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Arizona. Upon examination, I found much of what I expected to find on the roster. The pitching staff was pretty much already set before spring training ever began and I thought the field was pretty much set barring any breakout springs.
Apparently, I hadn't prepared myself enough.
It looks as if Brandon Belt will be starting at first base and Aubrey Huff will be starting in left field. I'm also surprised to see that Schierholtz will likely be coming off the bench and that the Giants secured Hector Sanchez as their backup catcher.
All of these moves immediately generated questions in my mind, some of which I'm sure other fans have:
Is one backup catcher enough?
Apparently it will have to be. Of the three backup catching candidates, only one will be joining the Giants on their major league roster. Eli Whiteside was optioned to Triple-A Fresno, Chris Stewart was traded to the New York Yankees for relief pitcher George Kontos, and Hector Sanchez will join Buster Posey on the roster as the only other catcher. Some think that having just one backup catcher on the roster won't allow for Sanchez to pinch hit for anyone except Posey. However, Bruce Bochy has said that Pablo Sandoval will be the catcher in emergency situations. With that being the case, yes, one backup catcher is enough for now.
Who gets sent down when Ryan Vogelsong returns?
With the Giants having an early day off, they left Vogelsong off the 25-man roster on purpose and will go with a four-man rotation to start the year. Vogelsong looked good in his last spring outing and will likely be back when the Giants come home on April 13. Whenever he returns I would expect the Giants to option Dan Otero to Triple-A Fresno.
Will Aubrey Huff last in left field?
According to the Giants, Huff is a better left fielder, hence Brandon Belt starting at first base and not in left field. I thought that Belt did a decent job in left field when he's played there, but obviously the Giants think otherwise. However, I don't really think either player is best suited for left field. If Huff struggles out in left field, I could see him coming off the bench and some shifting happening in the outfield. I think Huff will hold up in left field, but not for very long.
Is there anything else about the Giants' roster that raised any questions? Or is everything pretty much as you expected it from how spring training went?
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SFGiants.com. Rookies Sanchez, Otero on roster for opener. MLB 2012.
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