With the days of TINSTAAGHP (There Is No Such Thing As A Giants Hitting Prospect) perhaps on the verge of extinction–if Kevin Frandsen, Fred Lewis and Nate Schierholtz can’t quiet the crowds Angel Villalona and Emmanuel Burriss should–San Francisco enters yet another season with an abundance of promising arms but few standout bats.
Who’s Hot: Kevin Frandsen (.280/.365/.413 and 2 HR in 75 spring at-bats) could become the best position player the Giants have developed since Pedro Feliz. Frandsen, who made the team as a utility player, should see his name the lineup somewhat regularly once Ray Durham’s legs start acting up and Feliz gets fatigued.
Kind of a hot or not tweener–but we have to get him in here somewhere–Tim Lincecum posted a 1.29 WHIP and struck out seven in seven innings. More promising, he only walked one batter in his three appearances.
Who’s Not: Giants 2007 bullpen prospects. Lefty Jonathan Sanchez (2.03 WHIP and 9 K in 12.1 IP), righty Brian Wilson (1.71 WHIP and 7 K in 11.2 IP), and righty Billy Sadler (1.89 WHIP and 5 K in 5.1 IP) were all hit pretty hard this spring. It’s a good thing San Francisco fans didn’t run Armando Benitez out of town, as he is one of just a handful of Giants who pitched effectively this spring (0.97 WHIP and 12 K in 9.1 IP).
“The Giants see Wilson as a future closer, but club officials aren’t convinced he currently has the stamina to handle the heavy workload that comes with the job. Benitez’s re-emergence might allow the Giants to install Wilson as the closer at Fresno to gain more experience in the role.”