The San Francisco Giants began spring training with the aim of defending their World Series crown. The Giants have won two world championships in a three-year span and have brought back all of the key contributors of the 2012 championship team.
Spring training is a time for veterans to get themselves ready for the long grind of a 162-game season. It is also a time for young players to try to impress and catch the eye of their manager. Many players are also fighting for their jobs, as they try to make the big league roster.
In the case of the Giants, there are precious few spots open to make the team. The Giants are looking for a utility infielder, a fifth outfielder and two relief pitchers. The remainder of the roster is already set and, barring injury, will open the season with the team.
Spring training always results in a few surprises, both good and bad. Let's take a look at some of the biggest surprises thus far.