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San Francisco Giants: Is There Hope with Mac Williamson?

Jake Mastroianni
Jul 16, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Mac Williamson (51) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 16, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Mac Williamson (51) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 16, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Mac Williamson (51) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 16, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Mac Williamson (51) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like the San Francisco Giants are comfortable starting the season with Mac Williamson as their primary left fielder. We’ll look at whether or not that’s a wise choice.

Ever since joining Around the Foghorn I’ve noticed a certain love and affection from San Francisco Giants fans towards Mac Williamson.

As I’ve written a couple of articles on how the San Francisco Giants should look to make an upgrade in left field, I’ve been peppered with comments about how Williamson is the guy.

Looking at the numbers, it’s hard to make the argument that Williamson has what it takes to be an everyday outfielder in the big leagues.

In 144 at-bats at the major league level over the past two seasons he’s hit just .222 with a .298 on-base-percentage. He’s also scored 16 runs, hit 6 home runs and picked up 16 RBIs. Williamson is also striking out in nearly 30 percent of his at-bats with 13 walks and 43 strikeouts.

Then if you go and look at Williamson’s splits in the big leagues, he’s hitting .258 against righties and just .195 against lefties as a right-handed hitter, and that’s with more at-bats against lefties than righties.

So I continue to ask myself, why are Giants fans so in love with this guy?

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