The San Francisco Giants are amidst a long-term rebuild. However, the team played competitively last year and was able to boast the very best record against the World Series Champion Dodgers. However, with just how good both the Dodgers and Padres are right now, the Giants could not be in a more perfect time for a rebuild.
The World Series chances are not great, and as of February, Fan Graphs only list the Giants with a 6.2% chance of making the playoffs.
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The Giants are by no means favorites or even really considered competitors. However, the team has gotten better at every level of the organization ever since Farhan Zaidi become Head of Baseball Operations. If it were not for a few inept decisions by Gabe Kapler, the Manager, during the regular season, the Giants would have made the playoffs in 2020.
The thing is that to get to the post-season, without the expanded playoffs, it is going to take a miracle with the number of times the Giants play the Padres and Dodgers. The team is going to have to play very well in-division and need some slip-ups from other teams if they are going to push for that second Wild Card.
The key players in this lineup are going to be Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Belt. If the pair can continue the great OPS+ numbers that they produced last year, then it is possible that this team is once again competitive.
When it comes to pitching, Kevin Gausman had an outstanding year and will once again be on the roster. Alongside Johnny Cueto, these two will need to pitch some of the best baseball of their careers to compete with the stacked rotations of both the Dodgers and Padres.
Last year the bullpen was quite a bit of a letdown, and this is a place that is going to need to really step-up from last year’s performance if the team is going to get anywhere near a Wild Card spot. When the starting pitching and starting lineups put the Giants in a position to win, the bullpen cannot be blowing saves or leads.
Free Agents Additons
The Giants were able to add Tommy La Stella (2B), LaMonte Wade Jr. (OF), Jake McGree (RP), and Alex Wood (SP) in free agency. None of these acquisitions were huge splashes, but they will help fill out the roster in such a way that the team will not have as many massive holes.
Tommy La Stella will be able to platoon with Donavon Solano as well as possibly Evan Longoria to give the Giants a real left-handed threat in the lineup to face off against right-handed starters.
Both Jake McGree and Alex Wood have been rather crucial last-minute signings by the Giants. Wood allows the Giants to have a real left-handed threat in the starting rotation, something the team needed. Wood projects to be a backend starter, which fits his skill set perfectly. Meanwhile, Jake McGree may now be the best relief pitcher in the bullpen. The Giants now have a solid left-handed arm to rely on. McGree sported a 2.66 ERA with the Dodgers in their 2020 World Series run.
Another exciting part about this Giants team is the prospects. Currently, the Giants have four prospects in the top 100. Marco Luciano is rather far away from his projected MLB debut, currently set at 2023, but his versatile bat at SS lands him 16th overall according to MLB.com and the number 1 prospect for the Giants.
Joey Bart lands 23rd overall on MLB’s list and will most likely have a role on this 2021 team. Bart struggled a bit in 2020 with his first taste of the majors; however, so did Buster Posey when he originally came up. There is little doubt that Bart has the talent to be a positive force on this 2021 Giants roster at some point.
Heliot Ramos is listed 82nd on the MLB’s top 100 and is another player that could impact the 2021 Giants. Ramos ended 2019 with the Richmond AA squad and was slugging .421 to end that season. Ramos is a power bat for the outfield that could be another added thump to this surprisingly decent Giants lineup.
Lastly, for the top 100, there is Hunter Bishop. Bishop projects a year or two out, but similarly to Ramos, he is a powerful bat for the Giants outfield. You can also add Luis Matos, someone who has skyrocketed in many expert rankings as a third top-tier outfield prospect for the Giants.
The Giants have the offense to be competitive this year but most likely will fall in the 75-82 win range. However, the team is building a monstrous force in their farm system for years to come.