Ranking every player on the San Francisco Giants post-All Star break
Jul 7, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) hits a RBI single against the New York Mets in the third inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
- Hunter Pence
Injuries have cost Pence most of the season so far, but he’s made his presence felt (and then some) in the 23 games he’s played in, knocking in 20 and scoring 14 times. Forget all the stats, though—we all know the Reverend’s value comes in his clubhouse presence and ability to make all of his teammates better. All of those things put together give Pence a top-10 ranking in my book.
- Gregor Blanco
Surprised to see the Giants’ fourth outfielder so high up on the list? Me too. It took a concussion to knock some sense into Blanco’s plate approach, but since returning from the DL in mid-June, the White Shark has been on an tear, raising his average almost 30 points. His slash line is on par with the Angel Pagan we’re using to seeing (.313/.383/.434), and his stock obviously goes up even further with the Pence and Aoki injuries.
- Brandon Belt
Belt remains one of the more polarizing players in the Giants organization given his obvious strengths (OBP, SLG) and weaknesses (consistency, two-strike hitting). Overall, his performance to date (.279 BA, 9 HR, 36 RBI) has met expectations, but if the first baseman can’t improve on his 2013 numbers (.289 BA, 17 HR, 67 RBI), his future with the organization might be in question. At the least, you have to appreciate his willingness to man left field when called upon.
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