Giants proud of infielders' development
PHILADELPHIA -- The Giants' baseball operations staff is being rewarded for its labor.
Monday's 7-4 victory over Philadelphia ended with the Giants using an infield consisting entirely of homegrown players: first baseman Adam Duvall, second baseman Ehire Adrianza, shortstop Brandon Crawford and third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Tuesday, manager Bruce Bochy started an infield produced entirely by the Giants system, with Buster Posey playing first base and Joe Panik at second.
San Francisco also employed a homegrown starting infield a handful of times earlier this year: Brandon Belt or Posey at first base, Adrianza or Panik at second base, Crawford at shortstop and Sandoval at third. For most of the season, however, at least one player nurtured in a different organization -- such as Michael Morse, Brandon Hicks or Joaquin Arias -- has joined the infield alignment.
"It's a proud moment for your player development and scouting staffs," Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. "They pour hours that nobody sees into preparing the organization for the future. It is very gratifying to fill out your lineup with players from your system. It's a significant accomplishment, especially when it gets to the point where that's the group you go with every day. Any general manager will tell you that's something he's proud of."