Giants loaded up for another title run

With Opening Day lineup all but set, Giants tweaking roster ahead of Spring Training

Giants loaded up for another title run

SAN FRANCISCO -- Befitting a reigning World Series champion, the Giants approach Spring Training knowing that they have the luxury of fine-tuning their roster instead of scrambling to fill it.

Manager Bruce Bochy already has formed a tentative Opening Day lineup, leaving him to spend a significant portion of the Cactus League schedule experimenting with batting orders.

The starting rotation isn't completely set, since Matt Cain and Tim Hudson are recovering from surgeries. But nobody within the organization seems to be worried about Cain and his mended right elbow. And even if Hudson's right ankle isn't healed by Opening Day, the Giants have Ryan Vogelsong and Yusmeiro Petit ready to step in.

No Spring Training would be complete without competition. The Giants won't have much more than a bench spot or a bullpen berth up for grabs.

The Giants' Spring Training preview continues with a list of players who are projected to occupy key roles.

2014 record
88-74, second in the NL West

Projected batting order
1. CF Angel Pagan:
.300 BA, .342 OBP, .389 SLG, 27 RBI, 16 SB in 2014
2. 2B Joe Panik:
.305 BA, .343 OBP, .368 SLG, 1 HR, 18 RBI in 2014
3. 1B Brandon Belt:
.243 BA, .306 OBP, .449 SLG, 12 HR, 27 RBI in 2014
4. C Buster Posey:
.311 BA, .364 OBP, .490 SLG, 22 HR, 89 RBI in 2014
5. RF Hunter Pence:
.277 BA, .332 OBP, .445 SLG, 20 HR, 74 RBI in 2014
6. 3B Casey McGehee:
.287 BA, .355 OBP, .357 SLG, 4 HR, 76 RBI in 2014
7. LF Nori Aoki:
.285 BA, .349 OBP, .360 SLG, 43 RBI, 17 SB in 2014
8. SS Brandon Crawford:
.246 BA, .324 OBP, .389 SLG, 10 HR, 69 RBI in 2014

Projected rotation
1. Madison Bumgarner, 18-10, 2.98 ERA in 2014
2. Matt Cain, 2-7, 4.18 ERA in 2014
3. Jake Peavy, 7-13, 3.73 ERA in 2014
4. Tim Lincecum, 12-9, 4.74 ERA in 2014
5. Tim Hudson, 9-13, 3.57 ERA in 2014

Projected bullpen
Closer: Santiago Casilla, 19/23 saves, 1.70 ERA in 2014
RH setup man: Sergio Romo, 3.72 ERA in 2014
LH setup man: Jeremy Affeldt, 2.28 ERA in 2014

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.