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San Francisco Giants 2016 Season Grades: Outfielders

Sep 29, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) and center fielder Denard Span (2) and left fielder Angel Pagan (16) celebrate after the end of the game against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park San Francisco Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 7 to 2. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) and center fielder Denard Span (2) and left fielder Angel Pagan (16) celebrate after the end of the game against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park San Francisco Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 7 to 2. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Denard Span (2) celebrates after hitting a double during the first inning of game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Denard Span (2) celebrates after hitting a double during the first inning of game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

DENARD SPAN. B+. . OF. San Francisco Giants

A lot of people, including one of my close friends, (he will remain nameless, for now), think very little of Denard

Span. Span was a super streaky hitter this year, and had been dealing with a chronic neck issue all season long. A lot of missed games here and there and he just never got rolling, until the end of the regular season, and the postseason.

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We saw how good he could be at creating runs from the leadoff spot in the postseason. Maybe he just had an injury plagued year. His average was slightly lower than Pagans, but his rate of production was almost identical. I’m mostly impressed with his fielding.

He made a lot of simple catches look bad because he took bad routes to the ball. Despite his tendency to get a late jump or take a bad route, he only had one error all year. That’s what you want out of your centerfielder and he should be there to start next season.

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