5 surprising San Francisco Giants players that are willing the team back to life

By Kit Duggan
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Apr 25, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) singles in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Angel Pagan

Many pundits were doubtful that Pagan would rebound successfully from his injured lower back, but he’s proven them extremely wrong thus far. Pagan is accustomed to leading off, yet his composure at the plate is also highly effective when batting behind Nori Aoki and Joe Panik in the three-hole. The trio has given the Giants a unique edge this season.

Pagan currently leads the team in batting average (.336) and total bases (56). If he can continue to produce like a middle-of-the-order player, the team should be less concerned with their lukewarm offense heading forward.

Few expected Pagan to be healthy, let alone playing at a high level, so the Giants have to count his early-season contributions as a major blessing.