SF Giants notes: Wisely showcases power with his versatility

SF Giants notes: Wisely showcases power with his versatility

Brett Wisely hasn’t wasted any time building his case to open the season as part of the Giants’ still-developing plan in the middle of the infield.

He started Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Guardians — a 4-3 loss — at second base and hit a home run, his second of the spring. This is Wisely’s first major-league camp, and he’s played both middle infield positions. Manager Gabe Kapler said earlier this spring that he expects Wisely to be primarily a shortstop, though the left-handed hitter played all four infield positions last year in the Rays’ minor-league system.

The 23-year-old joined the Giants’ organization last November when they acquired him in a trade with Tampa Bay for minor-league outfielder Tristan Peters.

“You just want to pick the brains of some of the best players in this locker room, see what I can do to improve my game, because they’re here for a reason,” Wisely recently told KNBR of his approach to spring training. “It’s fun to see how they do it.”

After an offseason where the shortstop position was the subject of much debate, Wisely slots in behind face-of-the-franchise Brandon Crawford and Thairo Estrada at the position, though Estrada is also the starter at second base (with Wilmer Flores backing him up).

Wisely stole 32 bases and hit 15 home runs last season between Double-A and Triple-A in the Rays’ system. With new MLB rules expected to increase aggressive baserunning, that speed could be a greater asset along with his left-handed middle infield bat in his push to make the team.


Stanford product and Giants prospect Tristan Beck made his second start of the spring Thursday and pitched well early before a three-run third inning put a damper on things.

Beck opened with a 1-0 lead after new Giants outfielder Mitch Haniger doubled off Guardians starter Cal Quantrill in the first inning and J.D. Davis brought him home two batters later, continuing his strong spring start.

He threw two scoreless innings, but leading off the third, Cleveland outfielder Joe Lampe — a Petaluma native — tripled down the right-field line. Beck got the next two batters out, but Jose Ramírez singled Lampe home, Josh Bell walked and Josh Naylor brought in two runs with a double.


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