Jul 10, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Hunter Pence (8) third from left is greeted at home plate by second baseman Joe Panik (12), catcher Buster Posey (28), and third baseman Matt Duffy (5) after hitting a grand slam home run in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
The San Francisco Giants have had 35 players suit up in orange and black this season, but who has meant the most to the team thus far?
With the All-Star break just behind us, I’m ranking the entire team from least to most valuable. Apologies in advance to the “LVPs”—just like with a real-life MLB roster, some guys had to fill out the end of the bench.
For the sake of evaluating players with an adequate sample size—and keeping the roster to an even 25 men—I’ve disqualified those that failed to reach the following thresholds:
- Hitters: 50 at-bats
- Relief pitchers: 20 innings
- Starting pitchers: Five starts
I realize it’s a little silly trying to rank hitters and pitchers on the same list, though advanced stats do help. Speaking of those handy-dandy sabermetrics, I leaned on them in creating this list, but also let my personal observations weigh heavily into the final order.
Too much suspense? Loud and clear—let’s get down to business.
Notes: Don’t worry, I didn’t do one slide per player. That would be torture. Advanced stats via FanGraphs.
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