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Giants | Angel Pagan to the three-hole?

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:46:35 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan might be used in the third spot of the batting order for manager Bruce Bochy. It appears OF Norichika Aoki is working his way into the leadoff spot, and 2B Joe Panik will be the two-hole hitter with Pagan sliding down the order. "Hopefully this works. I think it could work with the way Aoki grinds at-bats and finds ways to get on base, and I like Angel in the three-hole. But we'll see how it goes in the next nine to 10 days," Bochy said Wednesday, March 25.

Fantasy Tip: Pagan would see plenty more RBI opportunities out of the three-hole, and that would give him a little more added fantasy appeal in standard leagues. He would also take on extra value for FantasyScore owners when the matchup is favorable.

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Giants | Joe Panik could take more pitches

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:45:51 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Joe Panik appears to be set to serve as the team's No. 2 hitter, and he might be asked to take more pitches to allow potential leadoff man OF Norichika Aoki more opportunities to steal a base. The team haven't discussed the situation, but Aoki said he will talk to Panik if the two are officially penciled in as the one and two hitters. Aoki is hopeful of stealing more bases in his return to the National League.

Fantasy Tip: With a speedster in front of him, Panik could actually see more opportunity to hit with runners in scoring position this season. He will be a solid middle infield fantasy option in NL-only standard leagues, and he will have some decent value in FantasyScore when he is going well.

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Giants | Norichika Aoki could hit leadoff for SF

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:14:18 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki is a candidate to hit leadoff. Manager Bruce Bochy voiced a desire for Aoki to work as the leadoff hitter so OF Angel Pagan (back) can be dropped to third in the order. Aoki has hit leadoff in 336 of his 384 big leagues starts. He hopes to be more aggressive now that he's back in the National League. Aoki stole 50 bases in two season with the Milwaukee Brewers before stealing only 17 with the Kansas City Royals last year.

Fantasy Tip: A move to the top of the order for Aoki ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) would be helpful to his fantasy value since it would award him greater run-scoring potential. Furthermore, if he's given the green light to steal bases more frequently, he'll be a solid late-round selection for speed-starved drafters.

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Giants | Tim Hudson still building arm strength

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:08:14 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Tim Hudson (ankle) threw a spring-high 78 pitches Wednesday, March 25, completing six innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Hudson is still trying to build up arm strength as he recovers from right ankle surgery. He's likely lined up to be the fourth starter for the Giants.

Fantasy Tip: Hudson ($5,700, 11.4% of cap) isn't a source of many strikeouts, but he's a good late-round pick for his positive contributions in ERA and WHIP.

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Giants | Buster Posey pulled after five innings

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:51:33 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (shoulder) was pulled after five innings Wednesday, March 25, with minor scapula discomfort. Posey had trouble loosening his shoulder, but the Giants don't consider it a big deal. He'll play first base Thursday, March 26, instead of catching.

Fantasy Tip: Posey ($6,500, 13.0% of cap) is the top catcher in fantasy baseball and remains an early-round pick despite the minor scare. Monitor his status going forward. If he's healthy, a showdown with one of the weaker projected opening day starters, Josh Collmenter of the Diamondbacks, would make him a strong option in FantasyScore games.

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Giants | Angel Pagan returns to action

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:36:18 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (back) played five innings in center field in a minor league game Tuesday, March 24. He lined a single to center in his four at-bats. He'll be in the lineup for the spring training game Wednesday, March 25, as long as he doesn't have any issues following Tuesday's game, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

Fantasy Tip: Pagan has battled injuries each of the last two years, failing to crack the 100 games played threshold in 2013 or 2014. When he's healthy, he's able to contribute to fantasy teams in batting average and stolen bases. Pagan's value is limited to large mixed and NL-only leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Jose Mercury News - Andrew Baggarly

Giants | Matt Cain feeling elbow discomfort

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:22:53 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain (elbow) acknowledged feeling elbow discomfort after completing five innings of a minor league game Tuesday, March 24. "It's been a little sore after some of these starts, and even during the starts, which is normal," Cain said. "That's part of the rehab process." Cain hasn't suffered any setbacks, but he did mention he might not throw a side session in between his starts this season. Cain's fastball was mostly 90-91 mph and his slider had plenty of movement.

Fantasy Tip: Cain was once one of the better fantasy pitchers in the game, but he wasn't his typically excellent self in 2013 or 2014. Cain is a late-round target with some upside, but it's unwise to expect him to rebound to his pre-2013 form.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Jose Mercury News - Andrew Baggarly

Giants | Jake Peavy experimenting with new pitches

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:27:11 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Jake Peavy experimented with a four-seam changeup during his spring outing Monday, March 23, and he also has been trying a new splitter, with limited success, in camp. "I'm going to throw the kitchen sink at them," Peavy said. "I've watched guys in the league reinvent themselves. I watched Roger Clemens go from a four-seam (fastball)-and-curveball guy to sinker-split. I've watched guys grow as the game changes. You feel like if you can do different things to combat your opponent, why not?"

Fantasy Tip: Peavy, 33, is nearing the end of a successful career, so many fantasy owners probably aren't selecting him in standard 12-team mixed leagues. He was surprisingly better, though, after moving to San Fran from Boston in 2014, and he can still be useful in the right matchups despite a declining K/9 rate. Peavy is worth considering at FantasyScore if the matchup dictates.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Henry Schulman

Giants | Angel Pagan to be ready for OD?

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:25:13 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (back) is expected to be ready for opening day, according to general manager Brian Sabean. Sabean said Pagan's injury isn't that severe and isn't expected to linger. As a result, the team isn't looking at outside help for their outfield situation, and there are no current bargains on the market.

Fantasy Tip: Pagan hasn't played more than 96 games in each of the last two years due to injuries, so it'll be hard to convince fantasy owners that Pagan is out of the wood just yet with his back ailment. When healthy, he's not a bad source of stolen bases atop the SF lineup, but he doesn't warrant anything more than a late-round selection in deep mixed leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Henry Schulman

Giants | Angel Pagan to play Tuesday

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:10:30 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (back) will play in a minor league game Tuesday, March 24.

Fantasy Tip: Continued back and neck problems for Pagan in recent seasons should have you skeptical of him putting in a full season in 2015. He hasn't played in over 96 games in each of the last two seasons. When healthy, he's a stolen base and batting average asset, but the risk of injury makes him nothing more than a late-round target in deep mixed leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Henry Schulman

Giants | Angel Pagan back issues bed-related?

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:20:34 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (back) has back problems related to sleeping on a too-soft mattress. Pagan told the media the back issues are not related to his surgery.

Fantasy Tip: A previous tip suggested Pagan would be hindered by back issues and his fantasy value would drop as a result. That's exactly right. Back problems would hinder Pagan's swing and ability to hit the ball for power, so this is worth watching as the season approaches.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Henry Schulman

Giants | Brandon Belt to play some outfield?

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:27:05 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt is being discussed as an option to play the outfield in the absence of OF Hunter Pence (arm) and OF Angel Pagan (back), according to manager Bruce Bochy. If Belt plays in the outfield, it opens the possibility for C Buster Posey to play more first base. Backup Cs Hector Sanchez and Andrew Susac would get more time with Posey at first. Other outfield options include 1B Travis Ishikawa, OF Juan Perez, OF Justin Maxwell, INF Matt Duffy and 3B Adam Duvall.

Fantasy Tip: Belt is already a middle-round breakout candidate, and adding outfield eligibility would only further enhance his fantasy value.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - John Shea

Giants | Angel Pagan receives injections

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:40:55 -0700

Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (back) received two injections in his back Friday, March 20, according to manager Bruce Bochy. Bochy noted he hoped Pagan could participate in baseball activities Sunday, March 22, and in an ideal world, Pagan would play either Monday, March 23, or Tuesday, March 24.

Fantasy Tip: Injuries have cost Pagan 157 games over the past two seasons, and it is likely highly optimistic to expect him to play a full season in 2015, especially at 33. He is a nice late-round target if you need stolen bases, but it appears more and more likely another injury plagued season is in store. Continue to check back for updates on his progress this spring.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - John Shea

Giants | Angel Pagan injury update

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:11:18 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan's (back) lower back pain is not in the exact area where he had surgery last September to shave a herniated disc that was pinching a nerve, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

Fantasy Tip: The Giants are already without outfielder Hunter Pence, so expect them to be eager to have Pagan in the lineup and especially in the field. However, Pagan has missed 157 games -- basically a full season -- over the past two years, and the lingering back issues hinder his fantasy value. He has speed upside, but there is a lot of risk investing in Pagan. He should be left until the final rounds of mixed leagues drafts. Continue to check back for updates on his recovery.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - John Shea

Giants | Brandon Belt hits his third HR of spring

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:20:53 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt hit his third homer of the spring Thursday, March 19.

Fantasy Tip: Belt swatted 12 homers in an injury-shortened campaign in 2014, when he totaled just 235 plate appearances. In 2013, he managed a .289 average with 17 homers. He's a late-round breakout candidate who could pair a good average with 25-plus homers this season.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Oakland Tribune - Carl Steward

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Abreu Tony 2B
Aceves Alfredo RP
Acosta Kelyn P
Adrianza Ehire 2B
Affeldt Jeremy RP
Agosta Martin P
Anderson Luke P
Aoki Norichika OF
Arias Joaquin 2B
Arnold Jeff C
Arroyo Christian SS
Athas Jamie 2B
Beede Tyler P
Begg Chris P
Belt Brandon 1B
Berken Jason RP
Blach Tyson P
Black Ray P
Blackburn Clayton P
Blanco Gregor OF
Bochy Brett P
Bowker John OF
Brinson Morgan P
Broshuis Garrett P
Brown Gary OF
Bumgarner Madison SP
Cabrera Fernando RP
Cain Matt SP
Cameron Kevin RP
Carbonell Daniel OF
Carignan Andrew RP
Casilla Jose RP
Casilla Santiago RP
Cedeno Ronny SS
Clark Craig P
Concepcion Edward P
Cook Daniel INF
Copeland Ben OF
Cordido Julio INF
Cordier Erik P
Corgan Chance P
Corona Ramon INF
Correa Hector P
Cortes David RP
Cova Rafael P
Cowart Adam P
Cox Benjamin P
Crawford Brandon SS
Crick Kyle SP
D'Alessio Andrew INF
Daigle Casey RP
De La Cruz Diego P
de la Rosa Tomas INF
Del Orbe Ramon P
Doster Dave 2B
Duffy Matt INF
Dunning Jake RP
Duvall Adam 3B
Dyche Joe OF
Edelfsen Steve RP
Eifel Michael P
Escalona Edgmer RP
Espineli Geno RP
Estrella Leo RP
Estrella Luis P
Fikac Jeremy RP
Flaherty Tim C
Flanigan Robert INF
Fleet Austin P
Foltin Wayne P
Ford Darren OF
Fortunato Bartolome P
Garcia Aramis C
Graham Tyler OF
Gregorio Joan P
Guitierrez Henry C
Gutierrez J.C. RP
Hall Cody P
Hammond Steve P
Harrold Stephen P
Hedrick Justin P
Hernandez Carlos E. 2B
Herrera Javier OF
Heston Chris P
Hicks Brandon SS
Hudson Tim SP
Hutting Tim SS
Irving Brian P
Ishikawa Travis 1B
Jacobs Greg OF
Javier Nathanael 3B
Javier Omar P
Jennings Todd C
Johnson Mike SP
Jurica Carter SS
Kaufman Shane P
Kim Sun-Woo SP
King Aaron P
Kontos George RP
Koshansky Joe 1B
Kown Andrew P
Kuzmic Scott INF
Lara Braulio RP
LaTorre Tyler C
Law Derek P
Lincecum Tim SP
Linden Todd OF
Lindsley Brooks INF
Liriano Pedro P
Lopez Javier RP
Lopez Josh INF
Lormand Ryan INF
Loux Shane RP
Lowenstein Aaron C
Lunsford Trey C
Machi Jean RP
Maday Daryl P
Mantle Ryan OF
Martinez-Esteve Eddy OF
Mateo Julio RP
Matos Osiris P
Maxwell Justin OF
Mazzola Josh 1B
McArthur Evan INF
McCall Shiloh OF
McGehee Casey 3B
McGrath Ryan P
McKae Dave P
McMains Derin INF
McNiven Brooks P
Meaux Ryan P
Mejia Adalberto P
Meloan John P
Mercedes Simon P
Miller Jeff P
Minor Damon 1B
Munter Scott P
Newton David SP
Nicholson Kyle P
Nieto Ben P
Osich Josh P
Pagan Andres C
Pagan Angel OF
Panik Joe SS
Parker Jarrett OF
Parker Jarrett OF
Partch Curtis P
Peavy Jake SP
Pence Hunter OF
Pereira Nick P
Perez Juan OF
Petit Yusmeiro SP
Pickford Kevin P
Posey Buster C
Price Ryne OF
Pucetas Kevin SP
Quirarte Edwin P
Quiroz Guillermo C
Rapada Clay RP
Ray Ronnie P
Reifer Adam P
Reina Jesus P
Requena Alex OF
Rodriguez Rafael X. OF
Roibal Reinier P
Rojas Leonardo C
Romero Felix P
Romo Andrew P
Romo Sergio RP
Ronick Ari P
Rosario Sandy P
Sanchez Hector C
Sanford Shawn P
Santos Chad INF
Santos Francisco 1B
Sharpless Josh RP
Shuman Scott P
Simmons James X. OF
Sisk Aaron 3B
Soptic Jeff P
Stanton Christopher INF
Stiner Drew C
Stratton Chris P
Strickland Hunter P
Susac Andrew C
Timpner Clay OF
Todd Chris INF
Triunfel Carlos SS
Turner Ben C
Valderrama Carlos OF
Villalona Angel 1B
Vogelsong Ryan SP
Weeks Joel C
Whitaker Craig SP
Wilding Taylor P
Williams Jackson C
Williamson Mac OF
Wilson Christopher P
Witter Adam C
Woodbury Benjamin OF
Woodruff Kyle P
Wright Damon OF
Wylie Mitch P
Yourkin Matt P

Bochy Bruce MAN
Kelly Roberto TO
Meulens Hensley TO
Righetti Dave PC
Sabean Brian GM
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