5/21/2014 10:03 P.M. ET
HacMan, Siegle to be Giants' Draft representatives
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
DENVER -- Maybe Jeffrey Leonard can approach the podium at next month's Draft with one flap down.
Leonard, who gained attention by running out a home run with one arm motionless at his side, has been selected to represent the Giants at the First-Year Player Draft. Leonard, a two-time All-Star outfielder who played with the Giants from 1981-88, was hired by the club in March as a community ambassador.
Known as a tough, uncompromising performer, Leonard reached his zenith with the Giants in 1987, when he was named Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series though San Francisco was eliminated by St. Louis in seven games. "HacMan" hit .417 (10-for-24) with four home runs in that series.
Leonard, who also played for the Astros, Dodgers, Brewers and Mariners besides the Giants, batted .275 with 99 home runs, 435 RBIs and 115 stolen bases during his San Francisco tenure. During his 14-year Major League career, Leonard hit .266 with 144 homers, 723 RBIs and 163 steals.
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Leonard will be joined by Tony Siegle, a senior advisor in the Giants' baseball operations department who is among the industry's most respected and recognized individuals.
Siegle has held front-office positions with eight different organizations spanning five decades and has worked for the Giants on three separate occasions. He assists general manager Brian Sabean and the baseball operations office with waiver and rules compliance, contract negotiations, salary arbitration issues and trade discussions.
Posey could return to catch series finale in Denver
DENVER -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that catcher Buster Posey has a "good chance" of rejoining the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Colorado Rockies.
Bochy confirmed that Posey will catch instead of playing first base, where he occasionally starts to keep his bat in the lineup and avoid the physical rigors of catching. This indicated that Posey truly is recovering from the nerve irritation in his lower back that kept him out of the lineup for the first two games of the Colorado series.
Additionally, Bochy said that sidelined second baseman Marco Scutaro is expected to rest for a week after recently receiving an injection that was meant to accelerate the healing process in his ailing back. Scutaro is expected to continue his regimen at the Giants' training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Crawford gets high praise from Rockies' Weiss
DENVER -- Colorado manager Walt Weiss, who possesses considerable insight into playing shortstop, is a fan of the Giants' Brandon Crawford.
Weiss played shortstop in the Majors for 14 seasons with four different clubs from 1987-2000. His teams reached the postseason eight times. To him, Crawford is a winning shortstop.
"Last year was the first time I saw him, and I was very impressed with him," Weiss said Wednesday. "He's a very solid defender, and I think that he's already a very good hitter. I think he's a shortstop who's going to do some damage offensively throughout his career. He's a good-looking player."
Weiss said he's most impressed by the poise and smoothness with which Crawford handles a difficult play.
"He turns tough chances into easy-looking outs and that's the sign of a very good shortstop," Weiss said. "He makes them look pretty routine."