SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants promoted former major leaguer Fred Stanley on Friday to replace Jack Hiatt as the team's director of player development.
Hiatt, a former Giants catcher, stepped down after 16 years in the role. During his tenure, the farm system has produced eight All-Stars, two Rolaids Relief Award (best closer) winners, a batting title winner and a 20-game winner.
The development of young pitchers Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum was one of the few highlights last season as the Giants finished in last place. But the organization has struggled in recent years developing position players.
"Hopefully we'll begin providing the big league club with position players like we've done pitching," Stanley said. "How long that could take. I don't know. It could take one year, or it could take two years."
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The Giants got some contributions this season from outfielders Fred Lewis, Nate Schierholtz and Dan Ortmeier. They will be counted on even more next season with Barry Bonds gone.
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