2015 San Francisco Giants report card continued (Part II): Outfielders edition
Apr 15, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Nori Aoki is hit by a pitch from Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Matzek (not pictured) in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
#23 Nori Aoki (B)
Aoki got off to a sizzling start, even campaigning for a spot on the NL All Star squad. In fact, just five days before the All Star rosters were revealed, Aoki was fourth among outfielders in voting with over 5 million votes. Sure enough, Aoki would join his fellow Giants outfielders on the DL in a scary moment on August 13th with concussion symptoms after being pegged in the helmet by a Jake Arrieta fastball.
The Giants lineup was at its best with Aoki in the leadoff spot, and I hope, if he can stay healthy, that GM Bobby Evans will pick up his option for 2016.
93 Games, 355 at-bats, .287/.353/.380/.733, 26 RBIs, 102 hits, 42 runs, 14 stolen bases, 1.0 WAR
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#45 Alejandro de Aza (C+)
I feel as though my assessment of de Aza is unfair, but welcome to the press kid. De Aza was acquired as a last minute waiver-trade during a series with the Dodgers. With histories of Cody Ross and Marco Scutaro, perhaps the expectations for de Aza to save the day were too high.
De Aza is a solid fourth outfielder who was the definition of average in his small sample with San Francisco.
Final Statistics (w/ San Francisco):
24 Games, 61 at-bats, .262/.387/.361/.747, 16 hits, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 stolen bases, -0.2 WAR
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