The San Francisco Giants made a ton of “depth additions” by adding vets that either are beyond their best years, or have had sub-par careers. But players like Mac Williamson are stuck toiling away while un-proven players, or frankly, undeserving players keep getting called. It’s time for the Giants to re-adjust their philosophy on depth.
This might just be a Bobby Evans thing, and not necessarily a San Francisco Giants thing, but it’s getting frustrating to watch players like Drew Stubbs, and Justin Ruggiano get calls and continuous chances when players like Mac Williamson are stuck slugging away in Sacramento. It’s time to call him up, and stop with the other stuff.
In his only consistent playing time in 2016,from June 21-July 31, Mac Williamson hit .279/.402/.529/.931 with a wRC+ of 156. That wRC+ was good for 17th in all of baseball during that stretch, and a top 30 OPS in baseball during that stretch. You can thank Fangraphs for that research and split.
Justin Ruggiano and Drew Stubbs have likely never had a stretch that good for that period of time in their careers (Don’t quote me on that). Yet with the Giants struggling, they call upon guys like Ruggiano, a 35 year old career “Four-A” player. He has one season with a WAR above 1.0, which was back in 2012. He reached his career high, 2.4.
In no way am I insinuating that Mac is THE answer. But, last year he was quite good. He at least was worth half a win according to Baseball reference’s WAR calculation, over just 45 games. Ruggiano hasn’t been able to produce that in an equal or lesser amount of games more than twice in his 10 year* career.
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I don’t want to bash Ruggiano. But at the same time, the Giants continue to put player like him, like Aaron Hill, like Drew Stubbs. At the cost of continuing to let players who are already in the organization, get up and help the club.
There were so many complaint’s of depth over the Brian Sabean ERA, that this feels like an overcompensation.
The Giants should trust their farm system frankly. If not, they should at least give their own a chance to prove themselves. I won’t bag too much on the Drew Stubbs call-up, because Mac was still rehabbing, and they needed a CF.
However, Ruggiano for Stubbs is silly, IMO. And especially when you keep putting out players who aren’t left fielders, out in left field, it’s gonna hurt. The other night, Eduardo Nuñez completely mis-judged a ball that should’ve been caught/kept in front, and it went to the back corner for a double. Williamson has a good UZR rating in left field.
Continuing to flounder in the position both defensively and offensively is borderline inexcusable when you have a player like Mac waiting in the wings. It’s simply time for Bobby Evans to trust what’s in the organization, and not a bunch of wash-ups.