The San Francisco Giants had one of the worst seasons they have ever had as a franchise in 2017. The team finished with 98 losses and the second worst record in all of baseball.
The team didn’t seem to have any group show the consistency necessary to win and it showed on the field.
As we head into the off-season, Around the Foghorn will breakdown the roster and evaluate the players on their performance this season.
This week’s episode: The Infielders
What has been a strength of the team throughout the recent post-season runs had a roller coaster season filled with streaks, injuries, trades, old friends, rookies, and a likely Gold Glove award or two. Of all the positional breakdowns this off-season, none are likely to be as varied as the Giants infielders.
In total, 11 players had at least 50 at bats while playing the infield for the Giants in 2017 and there are still question marks heading into 2018 as to who will start. While third base is the biggest question mark, there is also plenty of outside chatter about some of the Giants infielders possibly being traded.
While Brandon Belt, Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford, and Eduardo Nunez were the starters for most of the season, and began with Conor Gillaspie and Aaron Hill as the primary backups. Then, the Giants added Christian Arroyo, Kelby Tomlinson, Jae-gyun Hwang, Ryder Jones, and eventually brought back Pablo Sandoval. Adding to all of that was the fact that the face of the franchise, Buster Posey played more at first base in 2017 then he ever had before.
Despite all the players used, there are more questions than answers heading into 2018. And with that, here are the nominees for Infielders in a Giants Uniform.