I’m still tied up in a couple of different projects right now, so I fear it’s going to be another link post today on BCB. But, fear not, I’ve got a couple of cool things lined up for the future and there’s a few interesting things happening right now in Giantsland. Let’s check them out.
~ The Big Unit is going to miss his next scheduled start because of “bicep soreness”. The Giants need to get as much out of RJ this season as they can. He’s projected to be the #2 starter and a major asset to the rotation. Hopefully he’ll be fine by Opening Day.
~ Andrew Baggarly has a new article on Jesus Guzman in today’s Mercury News. Guzman has been one of the better hitters in camp, but his defensive problems are still very real.
Guzman concedes his defensive profile is not the prettiest picture. He has been inconsistent at third base and is not a factor in the competition at second. So he added another glove to his duffel bag. Early Monday, he, Alguacil and special assistant J.T. Snow walked to a back field and tackled footwork fundamentals at first base. It’s probably a long-term project, but if Guzman picks up the position quickly, there’s an outside chance he could make the opening-day roster.
He should start the year in AAA where he can play every day and work on his defense.
~ Henry Schulman notes that Sergio Romo’s chances of making the Opening Day roster are looking slimmer and slimmer:
He had hoped to start playing catch by the end of last week, but he still has not grabbed a ball and will not do so at least until he sees the doctor for a follow-up appointment this weekend.
Romo was projected to be a vital part of the Giants new bullpen. Leading candidates for his replacement should be players like: Brandon Medders, Justin Miller (my favorite), and maybe even Luis Perdomo. I’ve got a feeling that Medders might be the guy.
~ Speaking of the bullpen makeup, ELM has some thoughts on how the bullpen might round out.
~ FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron has ranked the Giants at #19 in his Organizationl Rankings. The rankings range from worst (30th) to best (1st) in terms of a team’s ability to: “contend for a World Series title in the future.” RMC has some reactions to the #19 ranking.