San Francisco Giants 2016 Season Grades: Infielders and Catchers
Connor gets an A- because he was fantastic as always when called upon this season. He spent a significant amount of time in Sacramento, and bounced back and forth a little. But Gillaspie was the hero come postseason time, and that is good enough to give him an A-. His situational hitting was some of the best on the team, only grounding into 3 double plays, compared to a staggering 18 from Posey.
In 200 plate appearances, Gillaspie had a .262/.307/.440/.747 slashline. If he can get that OBP higher, he might see his wRC+ shoot up. He’s in no way capable of being the everyday option at third-base. The Giants don’t need a power hitting third-baseman. Just somebody who can field the position well, hit for average power, and get on base.
The runs will follow suit after that. Gillaspie should be the backup third baseman next year though. While I think they need to get Christian Arroyo up at sometime, I’m not sure Arroyo’s production would be any better than Gillaspie’s. Connor’s grade is mainly based on what he did in the postseason, and hopefully he can build off that performance, and carry it into 2017.