San Francisco Giants: Steven Duggar Continues to Impress
By Michael Saltzman
The San Francisco Giants have struggled to score runs this week, and despite an onslaught of runs Friday, it has looked pretty bleak recently.
The same could be said about Steven Duggar over most of his minor league career. While Duggar has always looked like a starting center fielder defensively, his bat just hasn’t been consistent enough to guarantee a job with the San Francisco Giants.
In 2018, it seemed everything has finally come together for the former 6th round pick from the 2015 draft.
After some impressive stretches in Sacramento this year, Duggar was called up July 8th. Just over a month later, he has established himself as the center fielder of the future.
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We looked at his numbers in more depth last week, showing his improvement in both the minor leagues and the major leagues this season.
A lot has happened in the last week to add even more excitement to his development.
In the month of August, he now has seven hits in seven games. While that might not seem that impressive, it is also the type of hits he is getting in those games.
Tonight, he drove in two runs with a double, and that gave him six runs batted in for the month.
Duggar has been much better at going deeper in counts, avoiding strikeouts and driving the ball more.
That kind of production at the plate have people excited about the future. When you combine that with the spectacular defense he has already displayed, there is a lot to be hopeful about in the middle of the Giants defense.
While the team has struggled throughout the season, and have consistently remained around .500, it seems like one of the biggest pluses from 2018 has been Duggar.