San Francisco Giants: Alternative Ways to Deal With Left Field
Of course the San Francisco Giants could just “do nothing.” They feel a little scorned when it comes to Adam Duvall’s success in Cincinnati this season. They gave him up for 11 rental games of Mike Leake, who never made the type of impact Giants fans expected.
Duvall’s success could pave a way for Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker to get significant chances before the Giants decide to go another direction. Williamson and Parker have shown they can play adequate defense. They even have shown they can hit the ball with ridiculous power. What they need to show now, is a consistent, successful, approach at the plate.
If one of them could do that, they’d have a left fielder for a long, long time. Williamson is my biggest bet to do that, but Parker has shown flashes of it in the past. The biggest thing that contributed to their “power outage” in the second half of the season was that Bruce Bochy stopped giving them playing time. They needed that time frankly. That isn’t meant to be a knock on Bochy either, it’s simply stating what happened. Players who have always played everyday, until they get to the major leagues, usually don’t do the greatest when they get thrown into a pinch-hitting or lineup rotation role. Case in point: Adam Duvall.
Duvall found consistent time in Left Field for Cincinnati this season and it paid off. He hit a lot of home-runs, and even had the highest UZR rating of left fielders in the National League. This would be the cheapest, and smartest option for the Giants in my opinion. Give them a chance, see what you have under the hood. If it doesn’t check out, then go get someone else to play full-time. They should know by the trade deadline if they need a different option for left field or not.