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San Francisco Giants 2016 Season Grades: Infielders and Catchers

Apr 10, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti (19) meets with the Giants infield on the mound during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti (19) meets with the Giants infield on the mound during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 21, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Ehire Adrianza (1) celebrates with his team after hitting a solo home run during the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

C+. . SS/2B. San Francisco Giants. EHIRE ADRIANZA

Frankly Adrianza’s time is up in SF, and I’d rather them start giving Arroyo some big-time exposure next summer than run-out Adrianza. But Kelby is a better option. If they keep Gillaspie and Arroyo up next year, Arroyo can cover every position that Adrianza can, plus third.

During spring training, Adrianza definitely looked the part as a middle infield backup. Unfortunately his injury held him out of building on the solid spring. It will be interesting to see what happens with him in the offseason. Was his spring training a glimpse of what he’s getting into or just a hot-streak? Our many, many, many, seasons past of Adrianza probably tell us that the Spring, and his beginning of the season was just a good start. A .252/.299/.381/.679 slashline is worse than Kelby’s. I have a hard time believing that the injury effected those numbers to the drop-off we saw.

Adrianza had a good glove, as did the whole Giants infield. The Giants churn out top level defensive infielders like a chicken coop churns out eggs. It’s a guarantee that they’ll have good defensive players, or they won’t call them up. It’s a staple of the Giants way right now, and a good one at that. However, I think the Giants have better options within the organization to play Adrianza’s role. Will his time in black and orange be up this year?

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