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San Francisco Giants 2017 Player Review: Outfielders

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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MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 15: Denard Span #2 of the San Francisco Giants hits a homerun in the third inning during the game between the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park on August 15, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

OF. San Francisco Giants. DENARD SPAN. C+.

Denard Span wasn’t great on the field. But, he did hit double digit homers, and had an above average wRC+. Hard to be mad at his offensive contributions. He improved offensively after last season wasn’t very inspiring from him.

Span held a .272/.332/.401 average this year, and gave some good pop with 12 homers 31 doubles and five triples. Not bad for an aging leadoff hitter. It would’ve been nice to see him more active in the baserunning game, but being 12/19 on stolen base attempts doesn’t exactly scream “let him loose on the bases.”

While Span’s bat might be worth keeping around for a little longer, that outfield defense definitely isn’t. Span played mainly center-field for most of the year, and wasn’t exactly great. Actually he was awful. His arm is no better than a wet spaghetti noodle, and on top of that, his speed has declined significantly, making him the complete opposite of what they need in center field. He was worth -72 DRS (defensive runs saved) according to fangraphs. That’s horrid.

Span was one of the better guys at the plate this season, which could’ve earned him a much higher grade if he wasn’t one of the worst center fielders in baseball.

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