What the San Francisco Giants Need
The Giants are needy. They have a few big holes right now, and it’s time to fill them. One of them has virtually been left open since Barry Bonds retired. The others are some needs that are starting to become a little bigger. Here are three big areas of need the Giants should address if they become sellers.
Outfielders + Power Bat
Last week, someone I follow on twitter named Joe Shasky, posed the question of whether or not this was the worst outfield in Giants history in terms of offensive production. Well, I got him an answer. I’ll share it with you all, IT’S NOT VERY PRETTY:
Taking a look at that, it’s just sorted in order of batting average. When you look at slugging percentage and OPS, it’s also the worst. That’s just a nice visual for how bad of a hitting group the outfield is for the Giants this season. A historical worst outfield. They need to be better folks, and they don’t have much of the ability to, nor the prospects ready to make an impact. In my opinion, there is a hole in center and left. If the Giants could address one or both, and either are a power bat, then awesome. But it just has to be adressed. It can’t go ignored for any longer.
A Decent Starter Prospect
The San Francisco Giants haven’t produced a decent starting pitcher in the big leagues, via their farm, SINCE MADISON BUMGARNER! They produced the core of pitchers that led them to the World Series in 2010 and 2012. But it’s 2017 and the most successful pitching prospect to this date has been Ty-Blach. That’s bad. Now I know Tyler Beede is extremely close to being big-league ready, but until he comes up and does something he doesn’t count. To be honest, they could use one or more propsects like Beede in the system. They can probably afford to get a AA, or Adv. A pitching prospect at the moment considering the likes of Joan Gregorio and Andrew Suarez down in the minors as well. Still, for a team that won titles on teams built around pitching, they need a little more of it in their farm, and top quality at that.
I’m not sure how the Giants bullpen got so un-balanced in terms of lefties and righties, but it’s pretty darn bad. There currently isn’t a lefty pitcher on the roster other than Ty Blach. That’s it, he’s the only one. Osich is there, but he’s still incredibly raw and untrust-worthy. Frankly, they need a proven lefty arm, especially with Will Smith being a significant question mark not only next year, but in the entire future.
The bottom line is, the Giants need to prove they are contenders this week, and literally win every-game, or they’re likely done this year. That’s how bad of a position they’ve put themselves in. The idea of trading away some older pieces that aren’t helping the team should be pretty great at the moment anyways. They need outfield help, so they need to trade some pieces away to go get that outfield help, because so far, the system hasn’t proved it has it. If the Giants are going to be sellers, they should probably look at making some trades, even if they hurt parting ways with good dudes. It’s a business, and a results oriented business at that. The results aren’t there, so it’s time to either step up, or get rid of the dead weight. What will the Giants do?