26-year old switch-hitting 3B Pablo Sandoval came to spring training heavy again this year and that has the Giants’ brass a little angry with him already. That being said, the Giants hope that Sandoval can stay healthy in 2013. He played in 108 games for the Giants last year and he was 112 of 396 (.283 avg, .789 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 12 homers, 63 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He played in 102 games (101 starts) at 3B last year and he made 13 errors there while showing outstanding range. Sandoval has now played in 571 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 636 of 2,102 (.303 avg, .844 OPS) with 278 runs scored, 76 homers, 310 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. 28-year old righty swinging Joaquin Arias will be the Giants’ top backup at 3B in 2013. He played in 112 games for the Giants last year and he was 86 of 319 (.270 avg, .693 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 5 homers, 34 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Arias played in 74 games (39 starts) at 3B for the Giants last year and had four errors there while showing off good range. Arias has now played in 225 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 157 of 576 (.273 avg, .685 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 5 homers, 57 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. 28-year old switch-hitting Tony Abreu and 34-year old righty swinging Wilson Valdez could also get some P.T. at 3B in 2013 for the Giants. Abreu played in 6 games (4 starts) at 3B for the Royals last year and he didn’t make any errors there while showing out of this world range. Valdez played in 14 games (5 starts) at 3B for the Reds last year and he had 2 errors there while showing outstanding range. 25-year old lefty swinging Conor Gillaspie is a longshot to play 3B for the Giants. He played in 6 games for the Giants last year and he was 3 for 20 (.150 avg, .350 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. He played in 5 games (all starts) at 3B for the Giants last year and he made 2 errors there while showing below average range there. He also played in 108 games in AAA-ball for the Giants last year and he was 116 of 413 (.281 avg, .786 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 14 homers and 49 RBIs. Gillaspie has now played in 29 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 9 for 44 (.205 avg, .566 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE THIRD BASEMEN IN 2013: B+