For most of the 2010s, the San Francisco Giants were the bell of the ball. Even when the Dodgers were winning division championships, the Giants were winning championships. Now that script is largely flipped as LA won it all last year and somehow got better in the offseason. Even the Padres looked to match their moves in what looks to be the future of the NL West for some time to come. At least even when the Giants are somewhat rebuilding, one, they're not tanking and have important veterans. Two, they still should finish well above the Diamondbacks and Rockies. Finally, three, they still have more titles than the Dodgers.
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This team still has reliable vets that include Evan Longoria who should be ready to go this weekend as he's been struggling with plantar fasciitis all spring. Johnny Cueto will project to be the second starter in this rotation and Brandon Belt is also seemingly ready to go after dealing with a foot injury and severe symptoms from COVID-19 in the offseason. Belt had one of his best seasons ever in 2020 hitting over .300 for the first time in his career receiving some MVP votes along the way.
Brandon Crawford is as reliable as ever as he makes his 10th consecutive Opening Day start in his final season on contract. Belt and Buster Posey (who opted out of the 2020 season because of the pandemic) can't say that as both were out of the lineup last season. The future Hall-of-Famer Posey is in the last guaranteed year of his franchise-record eight-year, $167 million contract he signed in 2013. He has an option for 2022 with the club so will this year be a prove it year for the player who has been the face of the turnaround for this franchise?
While he has nothing to prove, the problem is that the 2018 second-overall pick catcher Joey Bart is quickly ascending the organizational ladder. He made his debut in August of last year and while that sample size was unremarkable, yet small, he tore it up in AA and the Arizona Fall League. No one could ever replace Buster Posey but it's fair to say this organization is in good hands at the position no matter what for some time to come.
Another exciting star in the making is Mike Yastrzemski. Yeah, he's the grandson of the legendary Boston "Yaz." He had a breakout rookie season when he was 28 and and had no signs of a sophmore slump in 2020 hitting .297 with 10 homers and a team leading 35 RBIs. He's making a tremendous amount of noise in the Giants outfield and is quickly becoming a leader on this team.
We might be in the midst of a proliferation of talented prospects similarly like we saw with this team from 2007 through 2009. We all remember what happened after that.