Rarely do you get a glimpse into the inner workings of a professional baseball front office without actually being there, but ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has a wonderful piece this afternoon, touching on the Giants’ starting outfield and how they came together as a unit through the eyes of the Giants talent evaluators.
Crasnick mentions how the Giants desired both Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera (and Gregor Blanco, in a different capacity) in past seasons due to their “impact” talent as well as how the Giants brass felt both would thrive in new environments:
In the case of Cabrera and Pagan, Sabean saw two multidimensional outfielders who might thrive in new environs. They’ve bounced around, in his estimation, because baseball has gotten “too picky” in dismissing players who might have some flaws in their game or haven’t progressed according to a predetermined timetable.
“With all the analysis and statistical profiling, people don’t always notice that there are baseball players all over this game,” Sabean says. “You watch a lot of baseball — and that’s what I do for a living — and kids who fill the bill like these guys do are hard to come by.
“Are they going to 20-plus home runs? Probably not. Are they going to steal 40 bases? Probably not. Are they going to hit .320 every year? Probably not. But beyond that, you’ve got a pretty damn good all-around baseball player in both cases. We’re talking about switch-hitters who can hit almost anywhere in the lineup, play all three outfield positions and help you on both sides of the ball. There’s a lot to like.”
It’s a hell of a read for any baseball fan, but a bit more special if you bleed orange and black.