Jun 6, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) and San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Giants won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Injuries, inconsistencies, and bad luck can all be used to define the season for the 2015 San Francisco Giants. Through all the turmoil, the one consistency throughout the year was the stellar play of the infield.
While the pitching staff, outfielders, and bullpen all spent a lot of their time on the DL, infielders Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Matt Duffy, and Brandon Crawford combined to miss an average of just 17.25 games all year. Of course, the outlier among the infield was Joe Panik who went on to miss 62 games due to various back injuries.
Perhaps one of the greatest contributions came from one of the least expected, Casey McGehee, who was incredibly influential in Duffy’s ability to take over the starting third base role. As we know now, Duffy is competing against Kris Bryant for the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
San Francisco even had some pleasant surprises emerge, particularly Kelby Tomlinson. The four-eyed fan favorite made such an impression that in the end-of-the-year press conference, GM Bobby Evans brought up the idea of Tomlinson moving to centerfield next year to potentially take the spot of Angel Pagan.
With all of the frustration and confusion throughout the year, the last place to blame is the infielders. They did their job and kept the Giants alive for almost all 162 games.
Lets take a look at how we graded each significant Giants infielder for their production in 2015.