The Giants rebuilding effort will probably mean a young player will start at 1B. The odds on favorite is 27-year old switch hitter Dan Ortmeier. Ortmeier is a converted outfielder so he could have some problems defensively but he should be able to be an asset with the bat in his hands. Ortmeier played in 62 games for the Giants last season and he was 45 for 157 (.287 avg, .814 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 6 homers and 16 RBIs. Ortmeier also played in 79 games in AAA ball last season and he was 80 for 305 (.262 avg, .763 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 10 homers and 54 RBIs.
The darkhorse in the competition at first base will be 36-year old righty swinging Scott McClain. McClain played in 8 games last season for the Giants and he was 2 for 11 (.182 avg, .364 OPS) with 1 run scored. He had a great season in AAA for the Giants last year. He played in 132 games there and he was 125 for 468 (.267 avg, .866 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 31 homers and 100 RBIs.
24-year old Travis Ishikawa regressed last season in A+AA ball. He played in 104 games in the minors last season and he was 90 for 371 (.243 avg, .750 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 16 homers and 51 RBIs. He also whiffed 126 times which is quite a lot. Ishikawa has played in 12 games with the Giants in his career and he is 7 for 24 (.292 avg, .820 OPS) with 1 run scored and 4 RBIs.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: D