#8. The San Francisco Giants: MLB 2013 Preseason Power Rankings

#8. The San Francisco GiantsBuster_Posey_on_July_15,_2010

Team Ace: Matt Cain

Most Valuable Position Player: Buster Posey

Breakout Candidate: Brandon Belt

Notable Offseason Additions:

Notable Offseason Losses: Melky Cabrera

Biggest Team Weakness: First Base

 

The Giants took the “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it ” philosophy in the offseason, resigning all of the players that made an impact during their run to a second World Series victory in three years.   The team still doesn’t look dominant on paper, but their consistency and chemistry go a long way.  Buster Posey won the MVP award as a weapon on offense and defense.  Matt Cain threw a perfect game last season as the team’s ace, with young gun Madison Bumgarner as a close number two.

You can’t expect a guy like Marco Scutaro to repeat his 2012 production, Posey should have some regression, and not having Melky Cabrera around anymore will resulting in a drop of offensive production for the team as a whole during the regular season.   Their bullpen is also a bit of a mess.  They have a nice group of pitchers, but none have an impressive track record of closing out games.

Prospect Brandon Belt hasn’t looked like much of anything in his first two seasons in the majors, but if he can get his average up to around .280 with 15-20 home runs he’ll be at the level the Giants have been expecting.  This would help fill in any offensive holes the team has.  A second coming of Tim Lincecum’s dominance would also help the team stay in games when they have trouble putting up runs.

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