As we continue to look towards the future, our San Francisco Giants minor league spotlight focusess on outfielder Steven Duggar.
I thought before the season there was a chance we could see Duggar in the major leagues this year, but injuries cost him most of the first half.
Duggar started the 2017 season with a couple of rehab games in Arizona before going to High-A.
He got 133 at-bats there hitting .270 with 4 home runs. Just recently he was moved up to Triple-A in Sacramento. In six games and 22 at-bats he has just four hits, but one of those was a home run.
Duggar was drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of Clemson University.
The Giants sent him straight to Low-A that year where he hit .293 in 229 at-bats with a .390 on-base-percentage.
He got over 500 at-bats in 2016 between High-A and Double-A. At San Jose he hit .284 in 264 at-bats with 9 home runs. Then at Richmond he hit .321 in 243 at-bats, but had just one home run.
Combined he hit .302 with a .388 on-base-percentage and 10 home runs to go along with 15 stolen bases. However, he was also caught stealing 14 times.
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That was good enough to earn him an invite to spring training this year. He picked up 4 hits in 12 at-bats with 4 walks.
He’s certainly proven that he can get on base, but I’d like to see him do a better job of hitting for power and stealing bases.
Duggar has spent time in center and right field this year. He has the arm, speed and range to stick in center field.
I think the ceiling for Duggar is probably .280/.350 in the big leagues with 15 home run pop and 20 stolen bases.
There is a chance the San Francisco Giants could call him up this September. I think he still needs to develop in the areas I mentioned earlier. Until he improves in those areas, he looks to be a fourth outfielder for the San Francisco Giants in the future.