SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The most intriguing aspect of the Giants' lineup that was rained out of Saturday's exhibition matchup against the Chicago Cubs was the presence of Ehire Adrianza at second base.
Adrianza's appearance at second base was inevitable, and he could start there as early as Sunday against Arizona. Competing against Tony Abreu and Nick Noonan for a backup infield spot, Adrianza, who has played second base just once in eight Minor League seasons, must prove he can handle the position adequately to have a chance to win a utility role.
Adrianza has demonstrated excellent range and sure hands with his career-long performance at shortstop. This spring, the 24-year-old rookie has been more assertive at the plate. The switch-hitting Adrianza lined a three-run homer in Wednesday's Cactus League opener against Oakland, then added a triple in Friday's split-squad victory over Milwaukee.
"For me, he's one of the most improved players in our camp," hitting coach Hensley Meulens said. "We haven't really done anything with him. He's just growing and maturing, he's playing more and gaining confidence. It's good to see that he's able to turn on balls and drive them, not be a Punch-and-Judy hitter like he used to be."