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It’s Now or Never for San Francisco Giants Outfielder Mac Williamson

Jake Mastroianni
May 15, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Mac Williamson (51) runs for second base against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
May 15, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Mac Williamson (51) runs for second base against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Francisco Giants have been waiting for someone to step up in left field, and now Mac Williamson get his chance to prove he can be an every day player at that position.

With Hunter Pence, and more importantly Jarrett Parker, on the disabled list, Mac will have every opportunity he needs to prove he can handle the every day job in left field.

Williamson was held back to begin the year because of injuries. But because of injuries to others, this door has been opened up for him.

At 26-yeas-old, and now in his third year in the big leagues, we need to see results from Williamson.

When he first came up in 2015 he hit just .219 in 32 at-bats with zero home runs. Last year he was slightly better hitting .223 with a .315 on-base-percentage and 6 home runs in 112 at-bats.

In 73 at-bats for Triple-A Sacramento this year, Williams was hitting a solid .274 with a .338 on-base-percentage and 3 home runs.

His best year in the minors was back in 2013 when he hit .292 with a .375 on-base-percentage and 25 home runs with High-A San Jose.

San Francisco Giants fans have been waiting for that type of production in the big leagues, or something similar. So far, Williamson hasn’t come close to repeating those numbers at the big league level.

However, to be fair, Williamson has never been given the chance to play every day. It’s hard to duplicate success when you’re not out there every day.

I hope that’s not the case any longer. The San Francisco Giants need to let him play every day for 100-plus at-bats and see what he can do.

The reason I say it’s now or never for Williamson, is because if those at-bats don’t go well the San Francisco Giants need to move on.

With the record the San Francisco Giants currently have, it’s hard to see them as buyers at the trade deadline. But if they can get back in the race for the West or wild card, they might need to make a move for a left fielder.

That is, unless Williamson proves his worth over the next couple of months.

I’ve yet to become a huge believer in Williamson. I thought the San Francisco Giants should have traded for an outfielder in the offseason.

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This should be Williamson’s chance to prove to me and the ball club that he can be an every day player. I hope he gets that chance, and I hope he makes the most of that opportunity.

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