September 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Brett Pill (6) reaches on a force attempt scoring right fielder Hunter Pence (8, not pictured) against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at AT

Does Brett Pill Have A Future With The Giants?

I wish I could say that Brett Pill has a future with the Giants. But in my opinion he doesn’t, not even as a utility infielder. Joaquin Arias has showed that he can play every position in the infield and has stepped to the plate on numerous occasions when injury has struck players like Sandoval, Scutaro and Crawford. Arias holds a .270 batting average with the Giants in the last two years while Brett Pill holds a .233 batting average in three years with the Giants.

Pill has power and that is something the Giants need in their line-up. But will they give him a chance to play every day or restrict him to being a career minor leaguer that can bat .334 in Fresno by playing every day? Is it time to say goodbye and trade him to another team this offseason?  These are questions that need to be addressed now that Belt has secured his position at first base.

Unfortunately Pill’s stats are not very impressive but the 29-year old has potential if a team is willing to give him a chance to play every day. I just don’t know if he fits into the Giants long-term plans. Here are the two options the team has been trying out.

  • Move Belt to left field and put Pill at first base. But then you have two left-handed batters (Belt, Blanco) playing the same position and Posey and Pill are both right-handed batters and would play first base.
  • Give Pill a shot in left field and platoon him with Blanco depending on the starting pitcher. But then where do you put Perez? This seemed to be an issue this season. Pill doesn’t have speed or an arm like Perez.

I would love to hear from other Giants fans on where they would like to see Pill. I think he has a lot of talent that is being wasted on the bench. I just don’t think the Giants have a place for him.


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  • Richard Guzinya

    Unfortunately “potential” is used for younger guys. If he got more playing time his numbers might be a bit better but I doubt by much. I think what you see is what you get. You’d have to send him to Houston or another team to see if even they give him a shot. If anyone wants to give anything up on him when he’ll likely be available for free eventually. Good spirited player but hard to see him being impactful in the majors.

    • Denise Walos

      SEND HIM TO THE ASTROS!! I like how you think. haha. good points as well, thanks for reading.

  • Cove Chatter

    He has talent, but hitting big league breaking balls doesn’t seem to be part of that. I like Pil… he’s a strong guy, and he’s one of the only current Giants hitters that seems to hold his own against Clayton Kershaw. But I don’t see him fitting into the plan either, as the Giants don’t need a backup 1B right now. If I could trust him to play good defense in LF and hit .265 with some pop, I’d platoon him with Blanco in a hurry. But I think the average would look more like .225, and the defense would be mediocre. Just my take, but I think his days are numbered with the Giants.

    • Denise Walos

      Totally agree, the Giants don’t need a backup 1B. He doesn’t fit into the plan. On days when Belt sits, we have Posey or even Arias to play 1B. I’d like to see him go to another team and be given a chance. And do well, maybe just not against the Giants. hhaha.

  • DrLefty

    I don’t share your opinion that Pill has potential. I was excited about him back in 2011 when the Giants were dying for offense, Huff was tanking, and Pill was raking in Fresno. Then I actually watched Pill’s big league ABs in 2011-13. He can’t hit a breaking ball, flails at pitches, and when he does make contact, he pops up or hits into DPs. Just because he once hit a homer off Kershaw in 2012 doesn’t mean he should take up space forever.

    Plus I’m sick of Pill pushers saying he should be playing instead of Belt. Pill’s a nice enough young man, but he belongs the same place the previous version of Brett Pill, John Bowker, went–Japan.

    • Denise Walos

      Very good points. I was excited about him back in 2011 and I guess always wanted him to do well. And yes, the HR off Kershaw is probably what kept him around. I would say there are many more Belt supporters than Pill pushers though. If they think he should be playing first instead of Belt, they obviously aren’t watching Belt at 1B. Thanks for commenting!

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