Giants' present plans include Sandoval

Switch-hitter bursts onto scene, and will be starting third baseman to start season

Originally Published: April 1, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If you can measure a ballplayer's impact by the comparisons he elicits, San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval should be in for an interesting ride over the next decade or so.

Scouts and talent evaluators in Arizona this spring compared Sandoval to Vladimir Guerrero for his bad-ball hitting acumen, and to Kirby Puckett and Mo Vaughn (the early, Boston version) for his potential fan appeal.

Giants infielder Rich Aurilia tossed out the name of Terry Pendleton, ...

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