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Inbox: Will Giants' Rule 5 picks make roster?

Beat reporter Maria Guardado answers questions from Giants fans
January 25, 2019

Do you think the Giants' two Rule 5 Draft picks will end up on the Opening Day roster? -- Will C., Pleasanton, Calif.The Giants plan to give Travis Bergen and Drew Ferguson opportunities to win jobs out of Spring Training, and I think their status as Rule 5 Draft picks

Do you think the Giants' two Rule 5 Draft picks will end up on the Opening Day roster?
-- Will C., Pleasanton, Calif.

The Giants plan to give Travis Bergen and Drew Ferguson opportunities to win jobs out of Spring Training, and I think their status as Rule 5 Draft picks could give them a slight edge over their competitors. If Bergen and Ferguson aren't kept on the Giants' 25-man roster for the entire 2019 regular season, they must be offered back to their former teams (the Blue Jays and Astros, respectively) for $50,000.
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Bergen, a left-handed reliever, posted a 0.95 ERA over 56 2/3 innings in 43 appearances between Class A Advanced and Double-A last year, so I think he has a solid shot of earning a spot in the bullpen, especially if the Giants trade Will Smith or Tony Watson this offseason. Ferguson can play all three outfield spots and is a career .297 hitter with a .393 on-base percentage over four Minor League seasons, so he could also carve a role out for himself with a strong showing in camp.
Who will likely get a call to the big league club first, Heliot Ramos or Joey Bart? And is any other prospect being considered for making it to the Majors soon?
-- Mike V., Tucson, Ariz.

If I had to guess, I think Bart will debut with the Giants before Ramos, as highly touted college picks tend to move quickly through the Minors. Ramos and Bart have yet to play above Class A, though, so I wouldn't expect either of them to break into the Majors until 2020 at the earliest. One prospect who appears likely to contribute to the Giants this year is right-hander Shaun Anderson, who logged a 3.69 ERA over 141 1/3 innings between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento in 2018. Anderson, 24, is the Giants' No. 3 prospect as ranked by MLB Pipeline, and he could develop into a rotation option at some point in 2019.
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Where do you see Chris Stratton fitting into the Giants' pitching staff?
-- Steven R., Millbrae, Calif.

It's tough to project a role for Stratton given his inconsistent results in 2018. The Giants appear to have five starters ahead of Stratton on their depth chart -- Madison Bumgarner, Derek Holland, Dereck Rodriguez, Andrew Suarez and Jeff Samardzija -- but I think they'll be inclined to keep the right-hander in the Majors as a depth piece, particularly since he's out of Minor League options. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has said he would prefer it if Rodriguez and/or Suarez started the season in the bullpen or the Minors to manage their workloads, so if that happens, I think it's possible that Stratton could crack the Giants' rotation out of Spring Training.
With Zaidi's platoon strategy, have we seen the last of Gold Glove winners in San Francisco?
-- Russell H., Phoenix, Ariz.

I wouldn't necessarily jump to that conclusion. No Dodgers position player won a National League Gold Glove Award during Zaidi's tenure as Los Angeles' general manager (Zack Greinke captured one in 2015), but they had finalists nearly every year, including Corey Seager and Yasiel Puig in 2017. The Giants could seek out platoon partners for players like Joe Panik and Steven Duggar, but I expect Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Buster Posey to be regular contributors and continue to be in the conversation for Gold Gloves this season.

Maria Guardado covers the Giants for MLB.com. She previously covered the Angels from 2017-18. Follow her on Twitter.