Last Friday, Tim Lincecum faced three hitters during a live BP session.
“The fastball was deceptive,” Brandon Belt said. “It got on you a lot quicker than expected.”
On Sunday, Lincecum faced four more Giants batters.
“He looks like the guy I remember,” McGehee said. “The ball is coming out of his hand really (well) and he’s got good finish on his pitches. His deception is back to the way I remember.
“It was hard to pick the ball up out of his hand. With his mechanics, there are a lot of moving parts.”
Over the winter, Lincecum called upon his father, Chris, to help him try to regain his old form.
“He knows my mechanics better than me, even,” Lincecum told reporters back on Feb. 18. “They’ve been out of whack for a while now. I think repetition is the big thing for me. Going out there and continuing to do the right mechanics and knowing why they’re doing it is another big thing for me.
"Growing up with my dad, we talked about how it was more that I listened to what he said as opposed to knowing what he meant, and I think this year I got a bigger understanding of my mechanics and why my body needs to be in certain positions.”
Lincecum won back-to-back Cy Young awards in 2008 and 2009, and was an All-Star in 2010 and 2011.
But he has struggled mightily over the last three years -- 32-38, 4.76 ERA over 98 appearances (91 starts) -- and was demoted to the bullpen last August.
Through the first few weeks of spring training, it sounds like Lincecum is on the right track towards trying to resurrect his career.
"Well hey, we're all keeping our fingers crossed because he's a huge, huge, part of the Giants' hope this year," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow told KNBR 680-AM on Monday morning. "I want to stay optimistic...
"I'm gonna remain optimistic. I want to see it. Once he gets his hand up and he's in position to throw that fastball and he can control the knee-high location, then the other pitches follow. Those are his keys.
"I know he's done a lot of work. Look, this is his 'walk year.' If he wants to stay in baseball he's gonna have to put up some numbers. So there's a lot riding on this season for him personally. But I want to see it before I believe it..."