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The San Francisco Giants are far from a perfect team, but are they only 19th-best in the league? Even last year, when so much went wrong, the Giants found themselves in the middle of the pack. Locked On MLB hosts have voted, however, and your 2023 SF Giants came in with a ranking of No. 19 in the league. Is that right? Or are the Giants being slept on once again?
The SF Giants' depth chart is explored position-by-position across the infield. FanGraphs has unveiled its annual power rankings by position, and the infield is examined closely. Starting at catcher, the Giants are volatile with former No. 2 overall pick Joey Bart having plenty of upside, but also downside. At first base, LaMonte Wade Jr. could be the 2021 version of himself, or he could struggle like he did in 2022. Wilmer Flores and J.D. Davis are adequate platoon partners/backups there.
At second base, the Giants have themselves a solid everyday player in Thairo Estrada. At third, David Villar will get an opportunity but needs to prove he's a sure-thing major leaguer. Again, Flores and Davis serve as depth, but neither is great defensively so this could become a problem. Casey Schmitt looms as a strong defensive fallback option but must hit in Triple-A. At short, Brandon Crawford should have another solid season, anchored by defense. Estrada serves as solid backup, with Brett Wisely and Isan Díaz also options in the middle infield.
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