Position Battle Update - 3/18

The spring is winding down, but a few players are heating up. A forgotten contender for the 5th rotation spot makes his case, and a young local kid has a big week in the infield. 2 more weeks until the Giants come home!

Position: 5th Starter

Contenders:
Brad Hennessey: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO
Kevin Correia: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
Jamey Wright: DNP

Did Good: Kevin Correia, who has been a bit left out of the 5th starter discussion, had a great start and has resurrected talk of him winning the 5th job.

Did Not So Good: Hennessey's outing on Wednesday has really opened up this competition for anyone to grab.

Position: Back-Up Catcher

Contenders:
Todd Greene:
Justin Knoedler:1-2, 2 RBI, 2 SF, 1 SO
Eliezer Alfonzo: 0-3, 1 SO

Did Good: More playing time worries, and Knoedler got the only hit. More impressive was Wednesday's game, where he came up with a runner on third and less than 2 outs in both plate appearances, and got the job done both times.

Did Not So Good: Alfonzo's 0fer hurts his momentum, but Greene's conspicious absence after a pretty good week is noticable.

Position: Bullpen

Contenders:
Jack Taschner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
Scott Munter: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HBP
Jeremy Accardo: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR
Tyler Walker: DNP
Matt Anderson: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
Michael Tejera: DNP

Did Good: As playing time gets tighter, every outing gets that much more important. Taschner was the only pitcher to go unscored upon.

Did Not So Good: Nothing glaringly bad. Accardo gave up the biggest hit. Munter's unusual line, giving up a run with no hits or walks allowed. This was because he hit a batter, and a pair of errors in the field allowed him to score.

Position: 25th Man
Contenders:
Bullpen pitchers (See Above)
Todd Linden: 0-5, 1 HBP, 1 BB
Jason Ellison: 3-7, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 2 BB
Kevin Frandsen: 5-8, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 2 SO, 1 CS
Angel Chavez: 1-6, 1 2B, 2 SO, 1 BB, 2 E

Did Good: Frandsen is heating up, and came through the past few days when needed.

Did Not So Good: Although Linden's 0 for 5 looks bad, his not striking out is a big deal. What wasn't good was Chavez, looking for a job as a utility infielder, having two errors in the same inning on Friday's error filled loss to the Cubs.


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