On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick covers numerous topics, including Evan Longoria being diagnosed with a moderate oblique strain. All offseason, Ben has talked about how the Giants have better depth than in previous years, and it will be tested if Longoria and first baseman Brandon Belt, who’s dealing with a heel issue, have to miss time to start the season. Behind Longoria and Belt on the depth chart at first and third base, the Giants have Wilmer Flores, Darin Ruf, Pablo Sandoval, Donovan Solano, Yolmer Sánchez, and others capable of filling in at the corners.
Also discussed on today’s show is the Giants’ intrasquad game from yesterday. Left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson looked healthy and sharp, and figures to be a key member of the pitching staff this year and next, as he is controllable through the 2021 season. Lefty reliever Caleb Baragar also had a standout performance, exhibiting a fluid delivery with good life and carry on his fastball. After the game, manager Gabe Kapler and outfielder Mike Yastrzemski heaped praise on Baragar, who could quietly be a contender to make the Giants’ opening day roster.
Finally, Ben discusses the Giants’ position on the FanGraphs Positional Power Rankings at third base. It’s a timely conversation given the recent injury to Longoria.