Believe it or not, since the All-Star break Gorkys Hernandez has been one of the best players for the San Francisco Giants.
That title is something I thought I’d never write, but this is the 2017 San Francisco Giants.
The fact remains, Gorkys has been really good in the second half of the season.
Since the All-Star break he’s tied for second on the team with 28 hits. That’s only two hits behind Buster Posey who has played in three more games since then and has 13 more at-bats.
He’s first in batting average on the team since the break at .318 and third in on-base-percentage at .365. Gorkys has also scored 12 runs, driven in six and stolen three bases.
This from a guy that most fans wanted to see let go earlier in the year — me being one of them.
So is this the type of production we can expect from Gorkys going forward?
He’s already surpassed his career high for games played and at-bats in a season. On the year he’s hitting .261, which is well above his career average.
In the 215 major league at-bats before this season, Gorkys had 44 hits for a .204 average. That’s certainly not the type of production you’re wanting from a fourth outfielder.
I think the San Francisco Giants were hoping he would become the next Gregor Blanco, who was a solid fourth outfielder for the team. He hit .259 in his five years with the Giants and played exceptional defense.
To be honest, I don’t think Gorkys is anywhere near that level. He’s already older than what Gregor was when he joined the Giants.
I’ve been wrong from time-to-time, and maybe Gorkys will prove everyone wrong with a strong second half.
I honestly think we are just seeing a flash of brilliance from Gorkys that is not sustainable. With all of the outfield depth in the minor league system, there really isn’t much of a chance for Gorkys on this team past 2017.