San Francisco Giants: Position Battle Updates

Backup Infielder

Mar 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Hicks (14) rounds the bases after he hits a two run home run in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Entering Spring Training, Tony Abreu, Ehire Adrianza, Nick Noonan, and possibly Brandon Hicks were the main candidates for a roster spot as a backup infielder.

It seemed as if Abreu had the best chance to make the club, given his experience with the Giants last season and his versatility. Abreu is 100 percent healthy now and has looked much better, but he’s been outplayed so far by Adrianza.

Adrianza got off to a hot start, and he’s currently hitting .250 in 10 at-bats with two home runs and six RBI. If Adrianza can prove that he can comfortably play second base and third base in addition to shortstop, there’s a very strong possibility that he will make the final 25-man roster.

Hicks is having a strong spring too though. He wasn’t expected to be a frontrunner for the backup infielder spot, but he’s showing why he might deserve that job. So far, he’s hitting .368 in 19 at-bats with one home run and three RBI. He also has a .478 OBP so far.

Given the uncertainty about Scutaro’s health, the Giants might start the season by putting Scutaro on the DL and bring on two of those players for two backup infielder spots.

It seems like Adrianza will get one of those spots and then Abreu and Hicks will fight for the second spot. Hicks has been playing better than Abreu, but Abreu is out of options, so it’d make sense for the Giants to bring him on too.

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