Position Battle Update 3/8

Posted Mar 8, 2006

Guess who's quietly having the best spring in Giants camp? It's not Linden, Ellison, or any of the pitchers...it's Angel Chavez? Yup, passing up on playing for Panama in the WBC seems to be paying off for him.

Position: 5th Starter

Brad Hennessey: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR
Kevin Correia: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
Jamey Wright: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO

Did Good: Wright overall had a good outing against the U.S. team in exhibition play, with his numbers that much more impressive for being against such powerful players.

Did Not So Good: Correia beaned Jerry Hairston in his first inning of work, and looked shaken up his entire outing.

Position: Back-Up Catcher

Todd Greene: 1-6, 1 R, 2 SO
Justin Knoedler: 0-2, 1 SO
Eliezer Alfonzo: 3-7, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 HR, 2 SO

Did Good: Eliezer Alfonzo heated up against the Angels, launching a monster home run deep to right field, and also had a solid outing against the Padres on Tuesday.

Did Not So Good: Justin Knoedler has been almost invisible in the last 3 days, with a short outing agains the U.S. and a pinch hit experience accounting for his only 2 at bats.

Position: Bullpen

Jack Taschner: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR
Scott Munter: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
Jeremy Accardo: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
Tyler Walker: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
Matt Anderson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
Michael Tejera: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
Brian Wilson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO

Did Good: Quite  a few players put up scoreless outings, but Accardo’s outing wasn’t just the longest, but it was against the heart of the U.S. team.

Did Not So Good: It was against the spectacular hitters of the U.S. team, but Taschner looked very hittable, especially against left handed batters, which was a problem last year as well. 

Position: 25th Man

Bullpen pitchers (See Above)
Todd Linden: 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 2 BB
Jason Ellison: 3-7, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 HBP
Kevin Frandsen: 2-9, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR, 1 HBP
Angel Chavez: 6-10, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3 2B

Did Good: Angel Chavez is quietly having one of the best springs in the Giants camp.  Despite regularly batting at the bottom of the batting order, he seems to always be in the middle of Giant scoring, and is leading the team in XBH (when including the exhibition game against the U.S. team).

Did Not So Good: Todd Linden’s cooled off since his hot start, though he’s still had a good spring.  Frandsen’s heated up since his 0-12 cold start, but still overall hasn’t done as well.

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