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Giants prospect Q&A: Pablo Sandoval

Giants prospect Q&A: Pablo Sandoval

While the signing of Dominican-born Angel Villalona was widely seen as a sea-change for the San Francisco Giants, who have invested little in (and gotten even less out of) international scouting, the much quieter signing of then-16-year-old Venezuelan Pablo Sandoval in 2003 may yield big-league returns first. We talk with the catcher about what he's working on in his return to San Jose this year.

After being recognized as San Jose's Offensive Player of the Year in 2007, when the switch-hitter posted a .287/.312/.487 line, Pablo Sandoval seemed likely to get a promotion this year. But with manager and former big-league catcher Steve Decker joining the Cal League club, Sandoval – who had played just 93 games behind the plate entering the year – the Giants' player development team held him...

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