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San Francisco Giants 2017 Player Review: Outfielders

By Daniel Sperry
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Gorkys Hernandez #66 of the San Francisco Giants leaps at the wall to rob a home run away from Tommy Pham #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on September 3, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Gorkys Hernandez #66 of the San Francisco Giants leaps at the wall to rob a home run away from Tommy Pham #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on September 3, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 03: Gorkys Hernandez #66 of the San Francisco Giants leaps at the wall to rob a home run away from Tommy Pham #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on September 3, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

San Francisco Giants. GORKYS HERNANDEZ. C+. . OF

Gorkys Hernandez gets the second best grade of any outfielder, and for good reason. After a dismal start to the year, he boosted his average up to .252 at the end of the season. Gorkys was literally the bane of every Giants fans’ existence after the month of April. But in the second half of the season (since 7/10), Gorkys posted a .281/.343/.366/.709 slashline. Not exactly terrible. I’m assuming his real numbers are likely to be closer to that .252 average, probably around .265. Still not bad at all.

Defensively? Well, Gorkys was no Gregor Blanco, but he was relatively ok. Very low on errors, yes. But literally no assists, so his dRS doesn’t look great. Not so good arm strength, but solid defense in terms of range. He’s probably a better fit as a corner outfielder, but in a pinch he can be a serviceable outfielder.

Offensively, if you take him and compare what he did after he bottomed out, he was about at the level of Gregor Blanco. He’s going to be a serviceable fourth or fifth outfielder. That’s fine. Should he have been the guy to be taking on consistent innings in the outfield? No. But he sure as heck can be our fifth outfielder in 2017.

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