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1. Kyle Crick, rhp
2. Joe Panik, ss
3. Chris Stratton, rhp
4. Gary Brown, of
5. Mike Kickham, lhp
6. Clayton Blackburn, rhp
7. Heath Hembree, rhp
8. Francisco Peguero, of
9. Roger Kieschnick, of
10. Adalberto Mejia, lhp
Best Hitter for Average Joe Panik
Best Power Hitter Adam Duvall
Best Strike Zone Discipline Joe Panik
Fastest Baserunner Gary Brown
Best Athlete Gary Brown
Best Fastball Kyle Crick
Best Curveball Chris Marlowe
Best Slider Mike Kickham
Best Changeup Chris Heston
Best Control Clayton Blackburn
Best Defensive Catcher Jeff Arnold
Best Defensive Infielder Ehire Adrianza
Best Infield Arm Chris Dominguez
Best Defensive OF Gary Brown
Best Outfield Arm Francisco Peguero
Catcher Buster Posey
First Base Brandon Belt
Second Base Joe Panik
Third Base Pablo Sandoval
Shortstop Brandon Crawford
Left Field Angel Pagan
Center Field Gary Brown
Right Field Hunter Pence
No. 1 Starter Matt Cain
No. 2 Starter Madison Bumgarner
No. 3 Starter Kyle Crick
No. 4 Starter Tim Lincecum
No. 5 Starter Chris Stratton
Closer Heath Hembree
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Jesse Foppert, rhp Out of baseball
2004 Merkin Valdez, rhp Athletics
2005 Matt Cain, rhp Giants
2006 Matt Cain, rhp Giants
2007 Tim Lincecum, rhp Giants
2008 Angel Villalona, 3b/1b Giants
2009 Madison Bumgarner, lhp Giants
2010 Buster Posey, c Giants
2011 Brandon Belt, 1b/of Giants
2012 Gary Brown, of Giants
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 David Aardsma, RHP Yankees
2004 Eddy Martinez-Esteve, OF S. Maryland (Atlantic)
2005 Ben Copeland, OF Indians
2006 Tim Lincecum, RHP Giants
2007 Madison Bumgarner, LHP Giants
2008 Buster Posey, C Giants
2009 Zack Wheeler, RHP Mets
2010 Gary Brown, OF Giants
2011 Joe Panik, SS Giants
2012 Chris Stratton, RHP Giants
Buster Posey, 2008
Zack Wheeler, 2009
Rafael Rodriguez, 2008
Angel Villalona, 2006
Tim Lincecum, 2006
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The Giants strived for more than a half-century to win their first World Series title in San Francisco. They didn’t make their faithful wait nearly as long for the next parade down Market Street.

The road was far more treacherous than in 2010. This time, it included six elimination games in the first two rounds against the Reds and Cardinals, and those fiery hoops only forged stronger steel. Upon reaching the Fall Classic, the Giants overwhelmed the Tigers to claim a four-game sweep and win their second championship in three seasons—the closest the National League has come to a dynasty since the Big Red Machine repeated in 1975-76.

Those Reds had Johnny Bench. These Giants have Buster Posey, who won the Bench Award as college baseball’s top catcher at Florida State in 2008, along with the Golden Spikes and Baseball America’s College Player of the Year awards. Four years later, he racked up a whole new set of hardware: a batting crown after leading the majors with a .336 average, a Silver Slugger award, NL comeback player of the year honors and a landslide choice as the NL MVP.

Before Posey, the Giants hadn’t drafted and developed an all-star position player since Matt Williams. Instead, they churned out pitchers.

Though Tim Lincecum took a severe step backward from his two Cy Young seasons, a rotation of Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong and Barry Zito was firm enough when it mattered most. Cain, who received a five-year, $112.5 million extension in April, further etched his legacy on June 13 when he threw the 22nd perfect game in major league history and the first by a Giant in the franchise’s 128-year existence.

Though the pitching staff was largely the same on both World Series winners, Posey was the only everyday position player held over from the team that took down the Rangers in 2010. But if San Francisco’s first World Series title since 1954 was something of a happy accident won by a band of misfits and castoffs, its second championship featured the kind of lineup that longtime general manager Brian Sabean long had long coveted.

Sabean put together a younger, more athletic and defensively skilled team that sought to use AT&T Park’s ample dimensions as an advantage instead of an excuse. The Giants became the first team since the 1985 Cardinals to reach the playoffs despite hitting the fewest homers in the majors, including just 31 longballs in 81 home games.

Sabean utilized prospects like Charlie Culberson, Tommy Joseph, Charlie Culberson and Seth Rosin in July deals for Marco Scutaro (the NLCS MVP) and Hunter Pence (who became San Francisco’s inspirational leader). The farm system lacks depth as a result of trades and late draft positions in recent years, but the Giants still have their share of quality pitchers, starting with Kyle Crick, Chris Stratton and Mike Kickham. Pitching guru Dick Tidrow must matriculate some of those arms to the big leagues soon, because Lincecum and Zito could be spending their last season in a San Francisco uniform.

It’s going to get tougher for the Giants now that the Dodgers have deep-pocketed ownership and are threatening to become the Yankees of the West. Though the Giants aren’t run on a shoestring budget, they probably won’t turn themselves into the Red Sox in order to compete.

Expect Sabean and his staff to adhere to their blend of scouting, pragmatic assessment and turning over rocks to find athletic, two-way players. That strategy couldn’t be working any better.

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