San Francisco Giants: Pill, Belt, Rookie Sanchez and Otero Make Roster

Michael ManbertContributor IIApril 4, 2012

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 27:  Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 27, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Watch out, Aubrey Huff.

Brett Pill and Brandon Belt—both of whom are considered to be some of the organization's top prospects—have both made the Opening Day roster. Although both are listed as first basemen, each can also play outfield positions to some degree, with Belt being talented enough to eventually be a potential full-time outfielder.

Rookie Hector Sanchez, who is widely regarded as one of the top catching prospects in the league, also made the club as Buster Posey’s backup, while the ever-inept Chris Stewart was traded to the Yankees and former backup Eli Whiteside was optioned to Triple-A.

A 27-year-old righty, Dan Otero has also made the roster as one of six right-handers in the Giants’ bullpen.

Other newcomers to the roster include right-handed reliever Clay Hensley, infielder Ryan Theriot and outfielders Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco.

Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Barry Zito will hold down the rotation until Ryan Vogelsong gives San Francisco a fifth starter when he returns from the disabled list, scheduled for April 15. The veteran core of Brian Wilson, Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Guillermo Mota and Santiago Casilla rounds out the bullpen.

Unfortunately, second baseman Freddy Sanchez has been placed on the 15-day DL. It looks as if Emmanuel Burriss, who hit extremely well throughout spring training, will move into the starting role at second to begin the season.


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