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The young SS will finally get a chance to prove his mettle
I could go all cliché on you and suggest that Posey's injury has a "silver lining", but even an eternal optimist would see through that.
There's nothing good about losing the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year.
That said, this is a moment to assess how well the Giants' farm system has done in developing a crop of position players.
I've been flummoxed at the Giants' reluctance to promote Brandon Belt; terrific pitching has deodorized the stench of poor productivity from Aubrey Huff, Pat Burrell and Miguel Tejada. A crowded outfield, to me, wasn't an excuse to keep Belt in the minors.
That's irrelevant now. Belt will get a shot to play regularly, and his development will accelerate.
Even more intriguing, to me, will be the opportunity afforded Brandon Crawford, the highly-regarded shortstop prospect drafted in 2008. He's most recently been at Class A San Jose, where he's batted over .300 after struggling the last two years while toggling between A and AA.
It's not clear yet if Bruce Bochy will play Manny Burriss at SS and have Crawford replace Fontenot as a utility player, or drop Crawford into the lineup as he has with other new call-ups. Either way, Crawford gets a shot; we'll see what he's got.
Chris Stewart, 29, has bounced around several organizations without making an impact at the major league level. He had a good spring with the Giants; he'll back up Eli Whiteside.