How the Giants Can Improve Their Roster + Deal With Injuries To Vogelsong + Pagan

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 Wednesday, July.03/2013

Johnny Monell has been a great contributor to the Fresno Grizzlies this season, and deserves consideration for a roster spot

Johnny Monell has been a great contributor to the Fresno Grizzlies this season, and deserves consideration for a roster spot.

By Jon Schifferle ( Giants Correspondent – visit his own personal website here.)  

The Giants did not have a great month of June, but I don’t have to tell you that. In fact, it was the worst winning percentage for the team in a month since July 2008, according to Andrew Baggarly.  

This does not put the Giants out of contention, though, and the team still plans on competing this season.

With that in mind, the club does not have very much depth in their farm system, and likely do not want to give up the little potential that they have their, so the best way to boost the lineup would be through callups.  

Herrera is an outfielder that has really had a great season for the Giants in AA Richmond. He could be the person that takes the extra roster spot if the Giants were to go with just two catchers.

Herrera is an outfielder that has really had a great season for the Giants in AA Richmond. He could be the person that takes the extra roster spot if the Giants were to go with just two catchers.

Unfortunately, Fresno currently lacks top prospects at this point, with the exception of Gary Brown, who has been somewhat of a disappointment this season, although he has turned things around recently.  

Considering the circumstances, Johnny Monell is the best choice to improve the Giants roster, and provide a spark off the bench.  

Monell was always known as a good defensive catcher, but not so much as an offensive threat.  He changed that entirely this season when he put up a .313/.377/.591 slash line with 14 HR’s in AAA through his first 66 games.  

Monell would not only be an upgrade to the current roster, but he would open up an extra roster spot that would enable the Giants  to add another player wherever they may need.  

Guillermo Quiroz is currently used as a defensive minded backup, while Sanchez is used as an offensive minded catcher.  The biggest thing that Monell would do for the team is eliminate the need for two back up catchers.  (not only that, but Hector Sanchez struggles mightily on both sides of the ball, and Monell doesn’t.)

Johnny Monell has also spent time at first base this season, so he would be able to play a few games there in order to keep his bat in the lineup. 

While this would not solve all of the problems that the Giants have, it would certainly provide that first boost, which is sometimes all that a team needs to get back to being a contender.  

Even if the team wanted to enter into some of the Starting Pitching Sweepstakes – they really don’t have the resources to beat out other clubs.  Ryan Vogelsong is due back in a few weeks.  If they can somehow bridge the gap to after the ALL – Star Break.

Having said this, maybe Brian Sabean can spin some magic for an extra #5 type like Starter.  Ricky Nolasco may be a Trade Option, but at what price?

If the club is looking for an Outfielder to replace the injured Angel Pagan they are looking  in the wrong place.  This team was built on great pitching and defense.

Angel Pagan led Puerto Rico to the 2013 WBC Championship.  He will miss the rest of the 2013 year to a hamstring surgery

Angel Pagan led Puerto Rico to the 2013 WBC Championship. He will miss the rest of the 2013 year to a hamstring surgery

They can win with Andres Torres, Hunter Pence and  Gregor Blanco in the OF if their INF and Catchers position is clubbing the ball like they have the pedigree too

It is definitely not too late for the Giants to get back in the pennant race, but if they wait any longer to change things up, it can become too late. Not only that, but we don’t want another Zack Wheeler/Carlos Beltran trade to happen.

The Giants are a team that was built on their farm system, as most fans know.  If the Giants want to continue being the franchise that they have been, they cannot keep depleting their farm system in trades for players.  This means improving through promotions when the team struggles.  

With that in mind, the best move right now would be to promote Johnny Monell, and have him serve as a backup to Buster Posey.

The Giants are 11 - 23 in their last 34 Games Played - yet still only trail the NL West leading DBacks by 3 games heading into tonight.  The Giants must try out some different people as key injuries have occurred to Pablo Sandoval and a season ending injury to Angel Pagan, must have management making provisions to replace him.

The Giants are 11 – 23 in their last 34 Games Played – yet still only trail the NL West leading DBacks by 3 games heading into tonight. The Giants must try out some different people as key injuries have occurred to Ryan Vogelson and a season ending injury to Angel Pagan. The NL West basement is not a position they are too familiar with – however if they can run off a winning streak – they can find themselves back in the Division Lead.  With the NL Central likely grabbing all Wild Card Spots – it will be incumbent on the reigning World Series Champs to win the Division to make the playoffs.

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A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Giants  Correspondent’ Jon Schifferle for preparing today’s featured articleJon is a college student that grew up in Northern California and he has been a Giants fan for as long as he can remember.

Two of his greatest memories were going to Game 1 of the 2010 World Series, and Game 2 of the 2012 World Series.  he loves to watch prospects and the draft, and started his own blog called A Giant Perspective here.

Jon loves to write about all aspects of the game.   His dream is to eventually work in baseball in some capacity. Being a West Coast guy, he is able to watch all of the late games out there and have a vast knowledge of the AL and NL West especially.

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Jon is on the left and his brother is on the right.

Jon is on the left and his brother is on the right.

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