February 28: Minicozzi Lifts Off, Cordier Throws Gas

A couple notes and video clips from the Giants ST win against Milwaukee yesterday (the other half of the split-squad lost to Oakland). 

We’ll keep this very short, but do yourself a favor and check out Alex Pavlovic’s piece on Mark Minicozzi, who homered against the Brewers. What a cool story. 

Minicozzi Story:

Andy Baggarly’s newest gem talks about Erik Cordier, the 40-man signee who threw some serious cheddar yesterday in Scottsdale. Apparently the reports of him hitting 100 on the gun last season were the real deal.  You can see it on the video below, the batters are WAY behind Cordier.

Cordier Story:

Just a heads-up; I’m in California for the week visiting family, so things might be a little light around here. But if I find some worthwhile clips or articles as the week progresses, I’ll definitely try to throw a couple quick posts together (like this). 

Sounds like it’s raining in AZ today, as it is up here in the valley as well. If they go, it’ll be Matt Cain on the bump against the Cubbies. The lineup goes as follows:

Blanco 8, Perez 7, Belt 3, Morse DH, Sanchez 2, Arias 5, Crawford 6, Kieschnick 9, Adrianza 4 

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Welcome to Baseball Season!

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Ok, so games don’t start for a couple weeks, but with pitchers and catchers reporting to Scottsdale, today is the first day of Giants baseball in my estimation. In other words, one of the greatest days of the year. Thanks for spending your offseason with us here at Cove Chatter, and I hope you’ll be back even more frequently now that we actually have tangible things to discuss again!

Currently, I’m finishing my 2014 pitcher projections, and hope to have them up later in the day. (PS, go take a look at the comments section for the hitter projections, Foothills and OGC had a nice back and forth on custom projection systems. Pretty cool stuff, and admittedly I’m not intelligent enough to do something like that… although I do love crunching baseball stats from time to time!)

I’ve also got some spring training profiles in the works, and those should start to come out before Cactus League play starts. I’ve tried to profile as many of the relevant players in camp as I could, but specifically those who are potentially fighting for MLB roster spots. I try to read what the beat reporters (Baggs, Schulman, Haft, Pavlovic, etc) are putting out there daily this time of year, as I’m sure you do as well. I’ll try to do a few “beat writer compilations” throughout the spring, just so we’re all up to date on what’s going on in camp. Haft had a quick piece on his blog last night… he got a brief look at Pablo, and reported the Panda is looking as good as advertised. Great news, as long as he can stay on the field!

Anyway, that’s all for now. I just wanted to welcome everyone back from hibernation, although you probably no there was no such thing going on around here this winter. And for all you NCAA junkies, happy Opening Day.

What’s the slogan for 2014? Giants baseball: Three rings or bust! Baseball is back, folks, and it’s a beautiful thing.