Jun 7, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Nori Aoki (23) runs out of the batters box after hitting against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The San Francisco Giants won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
- Nori Aoki
Whew, back to the overachievers. Sorry for the saltiness at No. 8. Though he’ll end up missing over a month with a broken leg, Nori Aoki’s enjoying his best season since he burst onto the scene with the Brewers in 2012. The Giants haven’t had too many true leadoff hitters in recent years, and Nori has been just that (.317 BA, 12 SB)…minus the low walk rate. More importantly, he’s wiped Tsuyoshi Shinjo clear from my memory bank.
- Chris Heston
Where would the Giants be without Chris Heston? Just thinking about that gives me nightmares (starring the ghost of Mike Kickham). Like many others, I doubted Heston (9-5, 3.39 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) out of the gates before jumping on the bandwagon, and I’m glad I had a change of heart. Outside of the occasion rough outing—which is typical for most sinkerballers—Heston has been fantastic. Hard to believe that a guy released by the organization in 2012 is now it’s No. 2 starter.
- Matt Duffy
Speaking of rookie surprises, how about Matt Duffy and his performance in the post-Panda era? With Casey McGehee doing a whole lot of nothing, the Duff-man snatched the third base job and hasn’t looked back. From scrawny utility-man to No. 3 hitter, the kid who supposedly had no power has come a long way. Stat-check: Duffy: .293/.335/.462, 8 HR, 41 RBI, 33 R. Sandoval: .265/.307/.384, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 29 R. Case closed.
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