A look at the 3 new Giants

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As promised yesterday, here is a quick look at the 3 players the Giants recalled yesterday, none of which were ranked among the team’s Top 10 Prospects by Baseball America prior to the season:

Ryan Rohlinger
He played at Single & Double A this season, hitting .289 with 13 HR, 65 RBI, 72 R and 6 SB.  The Giants wasted no time in sliding him into the line-up, playing 3B last night, going 1-4 with a double and 1 RBI.  It would appear that he is here to be the team’s everyday 3B, which certainly makes sense.  It’s funny, since he is the player with the worst line of the three thus far this season, but it would appear he is the most likely to see regular AB’s.  He’s worth monitoring at this point, but not much else.

Pablo Sandoval
Played at Single & Double A this season, hitting .350 with 20 HR, 96 RBI and 90 R in 448 AB.  He has a lot of potential, but with Bengie Molina as catcher, it doesn’t appear he’s going to see much playing time at the moment. Still, with this type of potential bat, I find it hard to believe the team would recall him just to sit on the bench.  He was listed as a catcher/infielder in The Miami Herald article we referenced yesterday, so I could certainly see him seeing time at 1B.  Remember, it is Rich Aurilia who is currently the team’s 1B. It could also be that a waiver deal is coming with Molina, but that’s pure speculation.  The switch-hitter just recently turned 22-years old and hit 11 HR in 401 AB at Single A last season.  He’s certainly worth watching, but only if he gains everyday AB’s. 

Travis Ishikawa
A 1B who played at Double & Triple A this season, he hit .299 with 24 HR, 94 RBI, 69 R and 10 SB.  The 24-year old (he turns 25 in September) left-handed bat was playing well at Triple A, hitting .432 with 6 HR over his last 10 games prior to his recall.  Overall at Triple A he had 16 HR in just 171 AB.  He only hit 16 HR last season and had 8 in 234 AB at Double A, so I’m not sure I would expect the power to continue in the major leagues, but who knows.  Time will tell soon enough, but I wouldn’t go grabbing him at this point.

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