Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:05:46 -0700
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said SS Brandon Crawford will sit against some left-handed pitchers, with 2B Joaquin Arias serving as the shortstop during those games, and SS Brandon Hicks working at second base. "I need to hit better against left-handed pitchers. I know that," Crawford said Monday, March 31. "I'm going to go out there and do my best, and hopefully I have good at-bats. I know (Bochy) is trying to put the best lineup on the field. I want to be part of the best lineup."
Crawford worked with spring instructor Barry Bonds during the spring, and credits Bonds with helping him to keep his front shoulder closed, which allows him to see breaking pitches longer and outside fastballs better.
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:23:25 -0700
San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Hicks, who was a non-roster spring invitee, has earned a spot on the final roster heading into the regular season.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:02:30 -0700
San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro (back) looked good swinging the bat Monday, March 24, and the team will wait to make a decision on whether he'll need to open the season on the disabled list. INFs Joaquin Arias, Ehire Adrianza and Brandon Hicks can fill in if Scutaro has to miss any time. "We've got to be pretty certain he's turned the corner," manager Bruce Bochy said. "There's too much to lose. We won't do that until we think he's ready and he could go deep into games and get some at-bats."
Fantasy Tip: It's probably safe to assume that Scutaro won't be ready at this rate. Arias is the likely candidate to see most of the at-bats in Scutaro's absence. Adrianza is a deep sleeper for NL-only leagues if Scutaro's back injury is more serious and requires surgery down the road.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:19:14 -0700
San Francisco Giants 2B Ehire Adrianza has always been a sure-handed defensive infielder, but his bat has been slow to develop in the minors. He's a switch hitter competing for a roster spot this spring and has a career average of .248 in the minor leagues. Adrianza finished the 2013 season at Triple-A Fresno, hitting .310 in 45 games.
He's impressed this spring, and manager Bruce Bochy called him "the most impressive guy in camp so far." As of Wednesday, March 12, he was 5-for-19 (.263) with two home runs. "I've seen power; I've seen him drive the ball at times in the minor leagues, but just not consistently," assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. After those adjustments, Evans said, "he was hitting the ball hard – not soft line drives – and it showed in the box scores." Adrianza is competing with INFs Joaquin Arias, Nick Noonan and Brandon Hicks. Adrianza played almost exclusively at shortstop in the minors, but he's looked adequate at second base in camp.
Fantasy Tip: The Giants are bringing Marco Scutaro (back) along slowly, and there's a decent chance he begins on the DL. At his age, too, he'll likely need to be spelled frequently throughout the season. Adrianza is a real sleeper option in NL-only leagues.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:15:11 -0800
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy is worried about the progress of 2B Marco Scutaro (back), who is at least another week away from playing in spring games. "If you ask me at the end of next week and he's not playing or close to playing, we'll have to have another plan here," said Bochy. Scutaro started taking groundballs last week and did soft toss Friday, March, but he's "still a few days away from live BP." The team would like Scutaro to receive at least 30 to 35 at-bats in camp. INFs Tony Abreu, Nick Noonan, Brandon Hicks and Ehire Adrianza are receiving extra playing time on the infield as a result.
Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:42:44 -0800
San Francisco Giants C Jeff Arnold, 3B Chris Dominguez, OF Javier Herrera, SS Brandon Hicks, INF Mark Minicozzi, SS Joe Panik, C Guillermo Quiroz, C Andrew Susac, C Ben Turner and OF Mac Williamson are the team's non-roster invitee position players headed to spring training.
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:56:05 -0800
The San Francisco Giants signed free-agent SS Brandon Hicks (Mets) to a minor league deal and designated C Johnny Monell and OF Francisco Peguero for assignment in corresponding moves.
Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:11:04 -0700
The New York Mets have reassigned C Travis d'Arnaud to minor league camp along with SSs Brian Bixler and Brandon Hicks, RP Aaron Laffey and OFs Andrew Brown and Jamie Hoffmann. d'Arnaud's demotion was widely expected, but general manager Sandy Alderson said d'Arnaud would be recalled before June if something happens to C John Buck.
Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:47:35 -0700
New York Mets 3B David Wright (back) has described his injury as soreness in the left side of his ribs, and he said it had been keeping him awake at night. It's something that he had been feeling for around a week. Wright won't play in the World Baseball Classic Friday, March 15, and it doesn't sound optimistic that he'll be allowed to play if Team USA advances to the semifinals. 2B Justin Turner is the obvious replacement for Wright at third base for the Mets if he's forced to miss the start of the season. INFs Zach Lutz, Brandon Hicks and Brian Bixler also have experience at third base.
Fantasy Tip: Until Wright is tested by the medical staff, we won't know much. If he's forced to sit out a week or so, he could still probably be ready for the start of the season. Turner is more of an NL-only target if Wright is forced to start on the DL.
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:07:12 -0800
The New York Mets are expected to shop 2B Justin Turner, according to a source close to the team's plans. Turner could also open the season with Triple-A Las Vegas if he isn't dealt since he has an option remaining. The Mets may want to get INFs Brandon Hicks and Omar Quintanilla on the roster as infielders. INF Zach Lutz could also sneak onto the roster if Turner is dealt. RP Jeremy Hefner appears to be too valuable to risk on waivers, so he looks to be a lock for the 40-man roster.