We are now 5 months into the season the Giants are out of the playoff race, and have fully turned over a new leaf with their youth movement. 16 players have made their Major League debuts this year, and 10 of them show a lot of promise. John Bowker who as sent back down to AAA a few weeks ago was showing much promise, adding power to an almost powerless lineup. Barry Bonds spoke highly of Bowker, saying his hands are as fast if not faster than his own. Emmanuel Burriss is showing a lot at second base, a lot of range and a cannon of an arm. He has almost no power but has a solid .280 average and 15 stolen bases. A big surprise is Fred Lewis, who has shown a lot of potential but is finally proving that he belongs here in the big leagues with a .280 avg, 10 HRs, 40 RBIs, and 20 SBs. However, the biggest and best surprise on the offense comes from a very recent call-up, Pablo Sandoval. He is a versatile player, able to play third base, first base, and catcher. He has flashed a lot of power, along with a solid batting average. He reminds many of Tony Gwynn, with his build and look, as well as his offensive approach. In my opinion he reminds me of Prince Fielder, a big guy who can just straight mash. The three veterans holding down this mediocre offense are Aaron Rowand, Bengie Molina, and Randy Winn all of which are having very solid years. This next month will be very telling for the many youngsters on the Giants roster, they will give us a good idea of what the future will be for the Giants, a positive one, or a continually rebuilding one.
Check back later this week for my analysis on the Giants pitching staff.