On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about three things we learned this weekend with the San Francisco Giants. The first thing we learned is that the Giants’ future is very bright. That was on display during Sunday’s Cactus League win over the Cincinnati Reds. Giants top prospects Heliot Ramos and Joey Bart went deep—Ramos twice—and Hunter Bishop (the Giants’ 2019 first-round draft pick) and Marco Luciano (considered by many to be San Francisco’s best prospect) also collected hits. In the near future, the Giants figure to have a pipeline of exciting talent coming up from the minors on a regular basis.
The second thing we learned this weekend is that a limited number of fans are likely going to be allowed at Oracle Park beginning on April 9th for the Giants’ home opener. The fans were greatly missed by players and coaches alike last year, and in turn, the fans greatly missed going to games and experiencing the team in person. The Giants have a great relationship with the fans, so the fact that fans will likely return to Oracle Park this year is extremely encouraging news.
The third thing we learned this weekend is that the Giants’ bullpen is insanely deep. The club officially announced the signing of left-handed reliever José Álvarez to a one-year deal with a team option for 2022. Álvarez, Jake McGee, Matt Wisler, and Jarlin Garcia are the only relievers on the Giants’ 40-man roster who cannot be optioned to the minor leagues. The Giants have scores of relievers who are deserving of a major league opportunity who may be optioned to the minors because of the club’s bullpen depth, especially with left-handed relievers. Guys like Caleb Baragar and Wandy Peralta may spend extended periods of time in the minors this year.