Originally posted by sfgiantdave:
Originally posted by Niners99:
Sandoval wont be playing any 1B. He pulled a hammy stretching for a ball playing there last year, and thats the last time they put him at first. Pill actually has played a few games at 3rd in the minors.
Pill has also proven he can hit a little bit in the Majors, and has started the spring hot. I think hed get the first look before the younger guys if he has a good spring.
Posey will get time at 1B, but Pill would slot in as the regular backup 1B.
I'm just not sure about this, I think the Giants would be better off with a different super utility infielder. I'm not sold on Pill and if Pill is on the MLB roster it may hurt Belt's development as well as he won't get to see as many lefties. I believe Sandoval won't see much of first base but I wouldn't shocked if he played a few games at first and Arias had a few games at 3rd at some point during the season if Belt is banged up.
We will just have to agree to disagree on Pill.
Its rare for a guy who has little to no Major League experience to make an opening day roster on a good team. You want to start the year at full strength, and unless someone from the minors just tore it up big time in ST and won a spot on the roster, they will likely send them all to AAA. Theres no rush to bring up guys like Noonan or Bond. Theyll get a call if theres an injury, or a guy like Pill just isnt getting it done.
The chances that one of those guys convinces the Giants they are one of the 25 best players theyve got are slim. Looking over the Giants roster, Pill is one of those guys whos already put in a TON of minor league time, and earned his shot at the Major League level. The Giants arent going to yank him back until theyre sure hes not working out. He still hasnt quite got a fair shake at proving he can stick.
Just my opinion on how things will shape up. Like I said, Pill was asked to take some grounders at 3rd base last year, and even played there once. He also played 2-3 games at 3rd in the minors, so he has a little position flexibility.
Itll be interesting to see how the Giants use Posey this year, now that hes fully recovered from his injury. Will he play the same amount of games at 1B, or will his proven health give him more time behind the plate than last year? Either way I think Pill will be nice to have as a backup for Belt. I dont see any concern about him taking AB's from Belt. Belt proved last year that he could hit lefties. He'll be a full time player.
[ Edited by Niners99 on Mar 3, 2013 at 11:42 PM ]