SF Giants 2020 Season Preview

Updated: Jul 24

Well, believe it or not, we have baseball this season. A 60-game season nonetheless, but we will have baseball!

Due to COVID-19, the San Francisco Giants Spring Training was cut short but play resumed the last 2 days against the Oakland A's, the club swept their Bay Area rivals.

Below will be the 2020 season preview for the San Francisco Giants including the team's key additions and losses, projected roster, rotation, and schedule prediction.

Gabe Kapler comes over in an attempt to keep the winning ways in San Francisco after Bruce Bochy’s departure. The Giants were 1052-1054 under Bochy with 3 World Series Championships in 13 years.

Kapler went 161-163 in 2 seasons managing the Philadelphia Phillies.

Key additions:

Pitcher/Kevin Gausman (signed free-agent deal) [2019: CIN/ATL 3-9 5.72 ERA]

Pitcher/Drew Smyly (signed free-agent deal) [2019: TEX/PHI 4-7 6.24 ERA]

INF/Wilmer Flores (signed free-agent deal) [2019: ARI .265 9 HR 37 RBI]

INF/Yolmer Sanchez (signed minor league deal) [2019: CHW .252 2 HR 43 RBI]

INF/Darin Ruf (signed minor league deal) [2019: KBO .292 22 HR 101 RBI]

C/Tyler Heineman (signed minor league deal) [2019: MIA .273 1 HR 2 RBI]

OF/Hunter Pence (signed free-agent deal) [2019: TEX .297 18 HR 59 RBI]

Key losses:

Pitcher/Madison Bumgarner (signed with ARI) [2019: 9-9 3.90 ERA 203 K]

Closer/Will Smith (signed with ATL) [2019: 6-0 34 saves 2.76 ERA)

OF/Kevin Pillar (signed with BOS) [2019: SF/TOR .259 21 HR 88 RBI]

Catcher/Buster Posey (opted out for 2020) [2019: .257 7 HR 38 RBI]

Projected roster:

The Giants roster will have 30 players at the beginning of the shortened season, with a minimum of 25 players. After 2 weeks, the roster will shrink to 28 players, and then another 2 weeks later it'll be down to 26. Teams will have to add a 27th player in the event there are doubleheaders. MLB teams will submit a list of 60 players eligible to play in 2020.

Catchers: Tyler Heineman/Rob Brantly

First base: Brandon Belt*/Wilmer Flores/Darin Ruf

Second base: Wilmer Flores/Mauricio Dubon/Donovan Solano

Shortstop: Brandon Crawford/Mauricio Dubon/Donovan Solano

Third base: Evan Longoria*/Pablo Sandoval/Donovan Solano

Outfielders: Mike Yastrzemski/Hunter Pence/Alex Dickerson/Jaylin Davis/Joe McCarthy/Austin Slater

Rotation: Johnny Cueto/Jeff Samardzija/Kevin Gausman/Drew Smyly/(5th spot up for grabs)

Logan Webb, Tyler Anderson, Dereck Rodriguez, Shaun Anderson

Relievers: Sam Coonrod/Trevor Gott/Tony Watson/Tyler Rogers/Conner Menez/Caleb Baragar

Taxi squad: Andrew Suarez/Steven Duggar

*= Injured

Schedule outlook:

Due to COVID-19 teams will play 60 games, so the Giants will play 40 against their NL West opponents and 20 against their AL West opponents. There is no All-Star game this year.

I predict the Giants will go 31-29 this year and have an overall productive year both offensively and from the mound.

Top prospects Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos are not in the Giants 60 man pool but we should see them very soon.

They open their season tomorrow against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Johnny Cueto will go up against Dustin May at Dodger Stadium.

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