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San Francisco Giants: Gorkys Hernandez in 2018? We’ll see

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 01: Gorkys Hernandez #66 of the San Francisco Giants (R) is congratulated by Hunter Pence #8 (L) after Hernandez scored against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 1, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 01: Gorkys Hernandez #66 of the San Francisco Giants (R) is congratulated by Hunter Pence #8 (L) after Hernandez scored against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 1, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 01: Gorkys Hernandez #66 of the San Francisco Giants (R) is congratulated by Hunter Pence #8 (L) after Hernandez scored against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 1, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants are reportedly looking at Gorkys Hernandez for an outfield spot in 2018. That’s brought about mixed reactions amongst Giants fans. We’ll break out both sides of the argument for all to see.

For the months of May and June, Gorkys Hernandez was the bane of the existence of most San Francisco Giants fans, and rightly so. Strikeouts all the time, a couple of big misplays in the outfield, and constantly being run out because of how dismal the Giants’ outfield was in 2017.

Then, he got a big hit against the Dodgers, and Clayton Kershaw no less, and from then on, he’s been good. Maybe not great, but at this point, anything above mediocre is good for the Giants. This is a two part argument, so we’re going to lay it all out. First off I’m going to show a few stats that I think should be relevant in this discussion.

  • After April 24th his hitting line was .108/.195/.135/.330
  • Since then, he’s gone .280/.349/.356/.706
  • Defensive Numbers
    • 313.1 innings in CF with a 1.4 UZR rating
    • 325 innings in LF with a -2.5 rating
    • Combined UZR in OF of -0.2
    • 720.1 innings with 2 errors and 4 assists

So now that you’ve seen the numbers, let’s take a look at the arguments behind him. Follow through the slides to see the arguments for or against Gorkys being a part of the 2018 outfield.

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