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Spring Training has arrived! Today pitchers and catchers report to the Giants Spring Training facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s also St. Valentines’s Day so it’s a double holiday! The full squad reports on February 20th and the Giants begin Cactus League play against the Cubs on February 24th.

Here is the full Giants Cactus League Schedule.

Here is the printable/downloadable schedule: 2024 ST Schedule-Map Flyer-12-1-23

Here is the list of Non-Roster Invitees. It’s a long one.

Here is the Giants current 40-man roster.

Players to Watch in Spring Training

Every Spring Training brings with it surprises and disappointments with job openings and potential breakout youngsters. Here is my personally-crafted list of players to watch this Spring.

  1. Marco Luciano: Potential starting shortstop.
  2. Heliot Ramos: Potential everyday outfielder
  3. Jung Hoo Lee: Pricey free agent, expected to start in center field
  4. Kyle Harrison: Can he be the co-ace behind Logan Webb?
  5. Jordan Hicks: Can he make the transition from reliever to starter?
  6. Reggie Crawford: I want to see this cat play! He sounds awesome already!

Remember folks, the Giants are starting a new era with Bob Melvin making his debut season as Manager! That’s cause for optimism right there!

Jorge Soler Deal Is Now Official

The Jorge Soler deal for the Giants is now official. It will last three years, total $42 million and includes a $9 million player signing bonus. Not too shabby for the slugger. Let’s hope he mashes at Willie Mays Field!

The Debut Spring Breakout

MLB is starting a new tradition and event this Spring Training. It’s called The Spring Breakout.

Spring Training will have a new marquee event this year, as MLB’s most promising talent will participate in a four-day event called Spring Breakout and showcases baseball’s future and the current stars of Minor League Baseball.

Each Major League club will team up 20 to 25 of its top prospects to play exhibitions against another club’s top prospects while creating in-park fan engagement opportunities centered around up-and-coming players.

The Giants’ prospect team will take on A’s prospects at 4:05 p.m. PT on March 15 at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., with the two big league squads facing off beforehand as part of an in-stadium doubleheader.

I dig it!