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San Francisco Giants Full 2017 Season Preview, and Predictions

By Daniel Sperry
Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; A general view inside AT&T Park during game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; A general view inside AT&T Park during game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 10, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) looks on against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Giants won 11-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

The Outfield

The Giants have had issues with their outfield in years past. The big departures from the outfield last year, were Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco. Part of the Giants championship past, it was time to infuse some new blood into that core of players. Hunter Pence and Denard Span return, as expected. Here is the full outfield group:

Hernandez is the utility knife here, as his speed and glove allows him to go wherever he is needed. Marrero was the surprise here as he was a non-roster invite. His defense is pretty good, and he can absolutely hit the ball. He and Parker will actually platoon in left field until someone grabs ahold of the spot. Marrero hit’s lefties really well, and Parker doesn’t. So the platoon is in order. However, Marrero is not as limited as Parker is, where he can still hit righties at a more average rate. If he shows good stuff continually, he just might earn that starting spot.

Overall, this outfield’s biggest question is how healthy can they be? Hunter Pence has been incredibly injury plagued since the 2015 season began. If he can stay healthy, and play at least 120 games, they might just win 90 or more games.

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