Thursday Evening, May 28, Giants Rising Star Pablo Sandoval made his first Sports
Gallery appearance at our Palo Alto Gallery.
in Carabobo, Venezuela, is the latest Giants phenom. Signed by San Francisco in
2002 at the age of 16, few Giants players have generated as much buzz as Sandoval
so early in their career. He has torn up every league he's played in the last
two years with his bat (in 273 at-bats for A San Jose, he hit .359 with 12 home
runs and 59 RBI and in 175 at-bats with AA Connecticut, he hit .337 with eight
homers and 37 RBI) and he's doing the same with SF hitting over .300 in 2009.
And Pablo has proved very capable at multiple defensive positions. Sandoval can
play Catcher, 3B and 1B extremely well but would obviously have the most value
at catcher, which also happens to be his best defensive position. He would also
have a ton of value if the Giants were to play him at all three positions, which
is exactly what the Giants are doing in '09. Nicknamed "Kung
Fu Panda" by teammate Barry Zito because of his resemblance to the
movie character, Pablo is fast becoming one of the most popular athletes in the