Thursday, August 10, 2006

Defenders duo honored

Baseball America named Defenders 1B Travis Ishikawa and 3B Brian Buscher the best defensive players at their position in the Eastern League.

This is a great honor because the voting is done by managers throughout the league.

Defense can easily be overlooked, but it wins games. When I spoke with Giants Director of Player Personnel Bobby Evans earlier this week, the first name out of his mouth as far as prospects within the organization, was Ishikawa.

The Giants are very happy with the progress Ishikawa has made, and if he continues on that path, whomever is playing first base in San Francisco next season will only be keeping the bag warm until the team decides Ishikawa is ready to stay in the bigs for good.

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