Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Duggar starting in center

That's the word out of Scottsdale from Maria Gardado of mlb.com--

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Steven Duggar arrived at Spring Training needing to prove that he was healthy after his promising rookie season was cut short by September shoulder surgery.
Any potential concerns have largely been dispelled. Duggar has enjoyed a strong showing in Cactus League play, going 11-for-32 (.344) with an .820 OPS in 10 games. On Monday, manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that he expects Duggar to be the Giants’ starting center fielder on Opening Day in San Diego.
“He’s good,” Bochy said following the Giants’ 5-2 win over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. “He’s gone back to back. He feels good. That’s three out of four. We’ll ramp it up even more after the day off.”
Mac Williamson and Gerardo Parra appear to be in line to flank Duggar in the corner outfield spots, though president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has said he would like to add another outfielder before the start of the regular season. The Giants also have Cameron Maybin and Rule 5 Draft pick Drew Ferguson in their current outfield mix.
Parra, who is in camp as a non-roster invitee, started in right field against the White Sox and made an outstanding throw to nail Adam Engel, who attempted to advance from first to third base on Alfredo Gonzalez’s single in the second inning.
“I’ve been watching him throw all Spring Training, and everybody’s like, ‘Man, that guy’s got an absolute canon,’” right-hander Tyler Beede said. “I’m glad he had the opportunity to show it off.”


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