Buster Posey is a two-time champion that signed a contract extension with the NL Bay Area franchise, that will see him make $164 MIL from 2013 – 2021. Will he be able to play the duration of his contract as a backstopper – or will he eventually be moved to 1st Base? The 27 Year Old was selected 5th overall by the team in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft.
How All Of The Giants Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):
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2010…..2012…. and will the fortunes of the Giants turn into another even year World Series Title in 2014 for the club? Perhaps not, but their offensive lineup has been well manicured over the years.
For the most part, Brian Sabean has built this team from the ground up. 80% of the players like Buster Posey. Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford were all drafted for the club.
All of the bench players were drafted or signed as Free Agents.
The biggest acquisition tree lies with the Hunter Pence deal, and now that he re-signed with the franchise last year through 2018, he has been paying immediate dividends on the investment.
In 2014 thus far, the brick-built OF, leads the NL in PA, AB and Runs Scored, and he has taken over the leadoff position for the injured Angel Pagan.
Speaking of Pagan, it is incredibly important the speedy OF is back in the lineup soon. The Giants simply aren’t the same offense without him.
Pagan was brought in to the Giants in a 2011 December trade for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez.
When in the lineup, the 32 Year Old CF has been a threat with speed and power – as he has 103 Extra Base Hits in the 288 Games Played for the franchise.
You add in a .290/.341/.427 Slash Line, and he is well worth the 4 YR pact the squad inked him to from 2013 – 2016.
Without Marco Scutaro during the second half of the 2012 season who knows if the Giants would’ve gone nearly as far as they did. He hit a very impressive .362 after joining the Giants in July. He hit a new NLCS record .500 during the 2012 NLCS. Resigning him was definitely a priority for the Giants after that, and they inked him for 3 YRs/$20 MIL through 2015. Scutaro was brought in with a former draft pick of the Giants (Charlie Culberson) going the other way to the Colorado Rcokies. Unfortunately the 39 Year Old has been sidelined the entire 2014 year, which has caused Bruce Bochy to scramble to fill the 2B position.
Another trade prior to the 2012 World Series run was obtaining Marco Scutaro via trade from the Rockies at the Trade Deadline.
While he has spent the entire 2014 year on the shelf, no one can take away his .362 BA in the 2nd half of that year, plus a stellar .328 BA in 72 Plate Appearances in the postseason, with just striking out 3 times all playoffs.
Mike Morse was the other projected OF starter to the 2014 opening day, and it has been a struggle for the man – since a rapid start.
For the $6 MIL salary for the year, the Giants still have received full value from the “Da Beast.”
Pablo Sandoval has gone the other route to his 2014 campaign. Mired in a horrendous slump, the rotund 3B is equaling about his career averages with a torrid stretch of hitting over the last 70 games or so.
“Kung Fu Panda” is on the last year of his deal, and it may be tough to re-sign him after this year concludes.
The club doesn’t have that worry with C Buster Posey although they may start placing him at 1B in future seasons to keep him fresh.
Brandon Belt is under Team Control until 2017, and he along with Pagan, Posey and Pence will provide the best portion of the Giants lineup for the next 3 seasons.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Hitters In 2014 (Date Of Birth/or Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Buster Posey (3/27/87) C: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2008 amateur draft.
Brandon Belt (4/20/88) 1B/LF: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 5th round of the 2009 amateur draft.
Brandon Hicks (9/14/85) INF: November 20, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.
Brandon Crawford (1/21/87) SS: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 4th round of the 2008 amateur draft.
This is a huge year for the Kung Fu Panda. Needing a new contract past this year, it is incumbent on the big man to have a great year. After an abysmal start, he has an OPS of near 1.000 in the last 60 Games. Hopefully he continues his hot streak.
Pablo Sandoval (8/11/86) 3B: Signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent in 2003.
Mike Morse (3/22/82) 1B/OF: December 17, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants. 1 YR/$6 MIL.
Angel Pagan (7/2/81) CF: December 7, 2011: Traded by the New York Mets to the San Francisco Giants for Ramon Ramirez and Andres Torres.
Ramon Ramirez (8/31/81) P: July 31, 2010: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the San Francisco Giants for Daniel Turpen (minors).
Daniel Turpen (8/17/86) P: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 8th round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Andres Torres (1/26/78) January 9, 2009: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.
Gregor Blanco (12/24/83) OF: November 19, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.
Hector Sanchez (11/17/89) C: Signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent in 2006.
Joaquin Arias (9/21/84: INF: December 15, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.
Ehire Adrianza (8/21/89) 2B/SS: Signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent in 2006.
Joe Panik (10/30/90) 2B; Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (29th pick) of the 2011 amateur draft.
Marco Scutaro (10/30/75) 2B/SS/3B: July 27, 2012: Traded by the Colorado Rockies with cash to the San Francisco Giants for Charlie Culberson.
Charlie Culberson (4/10/89) 3B/LF; Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (51st pick) of the 2007 amateur draft.
Travis Ishikawa (9/24/83) 1B/PH: April 25, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.
Matt Duffy (1/15/91) 2B: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 18th round of the 2012 amateur draft.
Andrew Susac (3/22/90) C: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 2nd round of the 2011 amateur draft.
Juan Perez (11/13/86) OF: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 13th round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Adam Duvall (9/4/88) 1B: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 11th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
Hunter Pence (4/13/83) OF: July 31, 2012: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the San Francisco Giants for Tommy Joseph (minors), Seth Rosin and Nate Schierholtz.
Tommy Joseph (7/16/91) 1B/C: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 2nd round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Seth Rosin (11/2/88) P: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 4th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
Nate Schierholtz (2/15/84) OF: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 2nd round of the 2003 amateur draft.
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