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For years now, the San Francisco Giants have longed for a slugging bat in left field, Andres Torres, Melky Cabrera and Gregor Blanco have tried and failed. The Giants left field ranked among the worst of all National League left fielders last year. They entered the offseason, again looking to find a bat to fill the void, and signed Mike Morse on a one-year-$6-million deal.
Morse is a proven slugger, hitting home runs is what he does best, however, injuries have hindered him from becoming the everyday power hitting outfielder he sought to be. His breakout year came in 2011 with the Washington Nationals, he compiled 31 home runs, 95 runs batted in with a .303/.360./.550 slash line. He played in only 102 games in 2012, which lowered to 88 in 2013.
Despite massive questions about his health, and consequential ability, there is much optimism surrounding Morse, he entered Scottsdale with a massive smile on his face, as he fast became one of the family. He was impressive throughout live batting practice, and only built upon it on his first game in the Cactus League.
In his first game as a Giant, he proved his power threat. In his first AB he hit a laser beam to right field, and would’ve had a home run had it not been for one of the best catches ever from Josh Reddick. In his second AB, he repeated it again, slugging a pitch to deep right field, but was robbed once more by Reddick, although he didn’t hit any home runs, there is much excitement surrounding Morse, as he could well be the answer to the left field void.