2015 San Francisco Giants report card continued (Part II): Outfielders edition

By Danny Vietti
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Sep 23, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Marlon Byrd (6) makes a catch on a ball hit by San Diego Padres left fielder Justin Upton (not pictured) during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

#8 Hunter Pence (D+)

Although not necessarily his fault, Pence’s constant injuries this season put the Giants in too big a hole to dig out of–each new injury almost like quicksand digging the Giants deeper and deeper behind. Every time Pence would return, it brought back resurgence and optimism, but every time he would be right back to the DL. Again, his hit-by-pitch that led to a fractured ulna was absolutely not his fault, but his constant “active, DL, active, DL” movement this season was just a tease and exhausting.

All we can hope for is a good off-season because, as we have seen firsthand, the role of Pence is too large for anybody to fill.

Final Statistics:

52 Games, 207 at-bats, .272/.327/.478/.806, 9 home runs, 40 RBIs, 13 doubles, 30 runs, 1.0 WAR

#6 Marlon Byrd (B+)

The Byrd-man made quite the impression in his short time with San Francisco, and he quickly became the fun clubhouse guy that everybody seemed to like. Not only did he win over the fans, but he won over the coaches and teammates by supplying some pop and protecting Buster Posey in the fifth spot in the order.

Byrd will be a free agent and is already 38-years-old, but his personality fits in great with San Francisco and hope the Giants will be able to resign him to give their bench some depth.

Final Statistics (w/ San Francisco):

39 Games, 147 at-bats, .272/.301/.463/.764, 4 home runs, 31 RBIs, 12 doubles, 40 hits, 12 runs, 0.6 WAR

Jul 19, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Justin Maxwell is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

#43 Justin Maxwell (C)

By all means, I think Maxwell’s ability to fill in for the injured Hunter Pence to start the season was incredibly underrated. Although his bat drastically declined as did his opportunities, his defensive abilities stayed above average throughout his time with the Giants.

I was shocked to see Maxwell’s DFA from the team on September 1st, but they had to find a way to fit some of their younger outfielders on the roster.

Final Statistics:

100 Games, 249 at-bats, .209/.275/.341/.616, 7 home runs, 26 RBIs, 8 doubles, 26 runs, .985 fielding percentage, 0.1 WAR