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San Jose Mercury News: Giants recovering from 2016 draft missteps, Shaun Anderson outperforming peers
SAN FRANCISCO -- When the Giants made the decision to sign Jeff Samardzija in December, 2015, the organization forfeited the rights to the No. 18 pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Hindsight is always 20/20, but it doesn't take perfect vision to see how the Giants could have benefitted from prioritizing their farm system.
After watching veterans like Matt Cain and Jake Peavy break down, the Giants tried to extend their championship window with the additions of Samardzija and Johnny Cueto and took a calculated gamble by surrendering a coveted draft pick. A front office led by Bobby Evans had even-year magic on its mind, and without homegrown talents ready to step into the rotation, the Giants waved the free agency wand.
McCovey Chronicles: 2nd round possibilities for the Giants
The MLB draft is the hardest draft among the big sports to predict. Just trying to pick the first 15 picks is hard, much less the entire first round. Beyond that? Often even the top draft gurus are hesitant to try.
But hey, that doesn't mean we can't try to take a look at what might happen for the Giants.
The Giants will draft at #51, the 9th spot in the second round. The #51 spot doesn't have a lot of history, with only three players ever drafted there to gain more than 3 career WAR...though one was Barry Larkin (70.
CSN Bay Area: What we learned from Shaun Anderson's second MLB start with Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Shaun Anderson, the rookie right-hander, didn't hesitate when asked late Tuesday night if there's anything he has learned through his first two starts.
"Trust the defense," he said.
Anderson had a couple of highlight plays behind him in a 4-3 Giants win, but those eight fielders also are quickly learning that they can trust the new guy. For a second straight start, Anderson went out there and put up a solid performance. He kept the Giants within striking distance on a night when the offense completely disappeared for about two hours, allowing Joe Panik to walk it off in the ninth.
Fansided: San Francisco Giants rumors: Most likely landing spots for Will Smith
The San Francisco Giants bullpen has been a clear strength this season and closer Will Smith is a big part of that. He's been successful in all of his 12 save opportunities whilst posting a 2.89 ERA and striking out 26 batters in 18.2 innings.
Alongside Madison Bumgarner, he is possibly the Giants most tradeable asset, and the front office will be looking to cash in on his value as they continue their retooling process.
Which teams might be interested in swinging a deal for Smith?
It is highly unlikely that any team out of contention for a postseason berth will be looking to add a rental reliever.
McCovey Chronicles: SF Giants Minor lines 5/21/19: Big innings rule the night
Offensive explosions ruled the night! Let's get going, diving into Minor Lines like
HIGHLIGHTS: Abiatal Avelino tripled twice; Jonah Arenado drove in three runs with a homer; Peter Maris had two more hits.
The RiverCats broke out in a big way with a 6-run 4th inning that powered them to the 10-7 win. Sacramento bashed out 11 hits -- including six for extra bases -- and seven walks to take the opener.
Fansided: San Francisco Giants: Andrew Suarez proves Triple-A stats wrong
With a slot to fill in the rotation and limited options on the 40-man roster, the San Francisco Giants turned to Andrew Suarez for a spot start on Monday night.
The 26-year-old was a staple in the team's rotation as a rookie last season. He made 29 starts and posted a respectable 4.49 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 130 strikeouts, while his 160.1 innings of work were good for second on the team.
However, with Derek Holland re-signed, Drew Pomeranz added in free agency and the trio of Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija and Dereck Rodriguez all locked into rotation spots to begin the year, Suarez was sent to Triple-A to start the 2019 season.
San Jose Mercury News: Joe Panik's walk-off single lifts Giants to comeback before smallest home crowd of 2019
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ten of the first 21 players taken in the first round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft were pitchers.
None of those players have reached the major leagues yet, but the right-hander selected with the No. 88 overall pick made his second career start for the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.
Giants rookie Shaun Anderson wasn't dominant, but the 24-year-old showed off intriguing potential in a five-plus inning stint in a 4-3 Giants win over an Atlanta Braves lineup loaded filled with tough hitters.
After recording just two hits in Monday's series opening loss, the Giants scored a run in the first and a run in the ninth, but second baseman Joe Panik stranded the tying run at third and the game-winning run to end the late rally.
CSN Bay Area: Giants alertly steal bags to set up Joe Panik's walk-off
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have the slowest roster in the big leagues, but they won a game Tuesday night with some speed. Or rather, by mixing some smarts with some speed.
Braves closer Luke Jackson showed zero interest in checking on runners in the ninth and Kevin Pillar and Mac Williamson took advantage, twice stealing second before Joe Panik's single brought them both home in a 4-3 win. The late rally came in drips, but it led to a thrilling win on a night when the Giants were absolutely flat for eight innings.
Jackson seemed to be having issues with the signs, repeatedly asking catcher Brian McCann to run through them again.
Raising Matt Cain: WALK OFF WIN!!!
SF 4 ATL 3
Joe Panik got the game-winning hit, driving in two runs with two out in the 9th to shock the Braves and give the Giants a huge home win. Down 3-1 it looked bleak but Brandon Crawford got a hit and was driven in by Kevin Pillar who then stole second. The never-say-die Panda got on base with an infield hit, Pillar to third, and Mac Williamson, pinch-running, stole second. He and Pillar scored on Panik's hit which came on a 3-2 count, the 8th pitch in the at-bat. The Giants really had to grind it out and conjure up a miracle, and by golly they did.
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San Jose Mercury News: Giants' front office preparing for critical test it can't afford to fail
SAN FRANCISCO -- When a major league team braces for a difficult summer, it's natural for a fan base to turn its attention toward the farm system.
Prospects represent a glimmer of hope and serve as a reminder that while the present is sometimes bleak, the future is often bright. Through the first two months of the 2019 season, it's been challenging for Giants fans to see the light.
The organization's top two prospects, Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos, haven't played since April due to injuries while a promising young pitcher, Logan Webb, was suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
McCovey Chronicles: It's good to be young
McCovey Chronicles will be covering news from around the league all season long with our new daily MLB Chronicles column.
You already knew that younger players are the coin of the realm and the foundation parts of every successful team. Competitive windows are opened by the youth and kept open by the veterans.
We might not know what a veteran is anymore, though. In this new era, the aging curve is a cliff and there's nothing graceful about the fall. Rookies are seemingly getting fewer and fewer reps in the minor leagues and debuting at younger and younger ages.
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Shaun Anderson on the mound.PLAY BALL! #SFGiants https://t.co/SVJFErkVIQ