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14 Giants

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TANKERS

SCOUT'S TAKE

KEY QUESTION

Where's their outfield production coming from? There's not a single established outfielder on this team. They've got Mac Williamson, Steven Duggar and Cameron Maybin running around. No wonder they were bidding on Bryce Harper.

OVERRATED

Brandon Belt has had a broken swing from the beginning—the same mechanical swing that he's had from Day One in the major leagues. It's not his fault that they decided to give him a big contract [five years, $72.8 million] through 2021. Teams have the book on him, and he can't make the adjustments.

ON THE CUSP

Dereck Rodríguez has had a chip on his shoulder since he didn't work out as a position player and had to move to the mound. He's the son of Ivan, and you can tell he's been in big league clubhouses his whole life. He wants to dominate every time out.

LAST LICKS

Mark Melancon has been a bust. After a ton of injuries, he just can't spin it quite as well.... Bruce Bochy should've retired after 2018. He's given them everything that he could. He shouldn't have to be going through a rebuild.

THE PAYOFF PITCH

WHEN THE Giants hired Farhan Zaidi from the Dodgers, it was an acknowledgement that the organization needed a young, smart head of baseball operations to oversee a rebuild. In four months since taking the job, though, Zaidi has done ... nothing. He has made one trade, acquiring a reliever (Pat Venditte) who was later designated for assignment. His biggest free-agent signing? Lefty Drew Pomeranz. Zaidi, 42, has yet to move San Francisco closer to the playoffs in 2019—or in 2022. The Giants' core of Madison Bumgarner, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, and Evan Longoria can't challenge the Dodgers', but it can dominate the in-season trade market. A healthy Bumgarner—something we haven't seen for a full season since 2016—could swing any division race. By dealing him this summer, Zaidi will add desperately needed talent to a fallow farm system.

OVER UNDER

73.5

There's young pitching to get excited about, but things will get worse before they get better under the new front office. By midsummer the team will be unloading its veterans.

LINEUP

CF Steven Duggar

.255/.303 OBP/.390 SLG

2B Joe Panik

.254/.307 OBP/.332 SLG

C Buster Posey

.284/.359 OBP/41 RBI

1B Brandon Belt

.253/14 HR/.342 OBP

3B Evan Longoria

.244/ 16 HR/54 RBI

SS Brandon Crawford

.254/14 HR/54 RBI

LF Mac Williamson

.213/.295 OBP/.383 SLG

RF Gerardo Parra

.284/.342 OBP/53 RBI

BENCH

IF Pablo Sandoval

.248/.310 OBP/.417 SLG

IF Yangervis Solarte

.226/.277 OBP/54 RBI

FANTASY BREAKOUT

Out in 2017 after Tommy John surgery, WILL SMITH took over as closer in June and went 14 of 18 in save opportunities.

ROTATION

LH Madison Bumgarner

6 W/3.26 ERA/1.24 WHP

RH Jeff Samardzija

1 W/6.25 ERA/6.9 K9

LH Derek Holland

7 W/3.57 ERA/8.9 K9

RH Dereck Rodríguez

6 W/2.81 ERA/1.13 WHP

BULLPEN

CL Will Smith

14 S/2.55 ERA/12.1 K9

LH Tony Watson

2.59 ERA/1.03 WHP/9.8 K9

RH Reyes Moronta

2.49 ERA/1.09 WHP/10.9 K9

MANAGER

Bruce Bochy