Jarrett Parker got the longest look of his big league career in 2017. Unfortunately his time was cut short in the middle due to his injury early on. Parker was just finding his stride at the time and had a hard time regaining it when he came back. He was able to hit a few homers though, and his outfield defense was some of the better defense on the team.
Despite a batting average just over the “Mendoza line,” he was able to put up the second best slugging percentage on the team. Sadly, his homers were his lowest total in a season, and this was the most at bats he’s ever received.
Despite not really being that great with the bat, he was easily the best defensive outfielder on the team this year. Only two errors in nearly 400 innings, and he compiled 4 assists, including one nice double play from the outfield. Parker has a great arm and a good glove. If his bat gets consistent, then he could stick around for sure, as a fifth outfielder.
Look, Austin Slater could’ve been like most of the Giants’ minor league outfield call-ups in the last few years, but he wasn’t! That’s a good start. He wasn’t as powerful as he showed in the minors, but that’s ok, considering he barely got above 150 plate appearances. Slater was solid defensively, and provided a nice consistent bat. He did have the second highest OPS amongst outfielders who qualified for this thing, so that’s really nice as well.
Slater’s first 177 Plate appearances in the big leagues resulted in a .282/.339/.402/.740 slash-line. Solid stuff all around Mr. Slater. In what was a nice start to his big league career, Slater will have his first full season in the big leagues ahead of him. He can hit, he can play defense. That’s really stinking nice. Speaking of his defense, he had one error in his 270+ innings in the outfield, and even had a few assists. Not bad for a guy who converted to the outfield last year.
Slater is going to be a nice piece featuring for 2017, and not-so surprisingly he got the highest grade of any Giants’ outfielder.