Pitching is king when it comes to the San Francisco Giants, as the team is led by a pair of aces most other teams would love to have. But ever since the Giants’ World Series winning run in 2010 the organization has been striving to get back there, attempting to assemble a reliable (and consistent) offense while integrating some youth for the organization’s minor league system. But amid all that roster turnover, are there any viable keepers on this roster?
SP Tim Lincecum and SP Matt Cain are unquestionably the first names for this, or any similar list. Lincecum has thrown 200+ innings, won 13+ games, and struck out 200+ batters in each of the past four seasons, winning a pair of Cy Young Awards in the process. Meanwhile, Cain offers similar innings totals and an equally impressive ERA, but isn’t quite the dominant strikeout pitcher his teammate is. If you can get your hands on either player in your league, it’s a move worth making.
C Buster Posey is another easy choice, regardless of the positional scarcity. When he won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2010 he hit .305/.357/.505 with 18 HR and 67 RBI. It seems safe to assume that in time he could be even better. He just needs to stay healthy and avoid any detrimental collisions at the plate.
SP Madison Bumgarner is coming off a big 2011 season in which he went 13-13 with a 3.21 ERA in 204.1 innings. The left-hander proved in his first full season that he’s capable of being a reliable and quality Major League starter. Control has proven to be an asset for him, as he struck out 191 in 2011 versus a mere 46 walks, and could make him an asset to your fantasy baseball lineup under the right league setup.
OFs Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan are two names worth keeping an eye on, as they offer a fair combination of power (HR, 2B) and speed (SB). Neither is really worth a keeper selection, particularly with how deep the outfield class tends to be each year.
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