Center Field – Andres Torres (2010)
Andres Torres Giants career felt like a shooting star in how quickly he became a vital piece of the puzzle and quickly it seemed to fizzle.
That doesn’t change the fact that the 2010 Willie Mac Award winner was phenomenal that season. His 5.3 WAR is the eighth highest mark by a Giant since 2007 and was the catalyst for the first championship team.
Torres’ impact seemed to be even greater off the field. It didn’t seem like there was a single Giants player who didn’t love Torres or a single Giants player Torres didn’t love. His infectious smile and positive attitude seemed to make a grueling 162 game schedule enjoyable and exciting for a team fighting a 52 year World Series drought.
His impact atop the lineup and in the outfield was second to none. His defense was especially important with Burrell in left and a rotating mix of players in right field.
His stellar defense made up for a lack of defense elsewhere in the outfield.
While Torres never came close to the 5 WAR season he had in 2010, it was clearly the best season in center field the Giants have had in a long time.
Angel Pagan came close in 2012, with a WAR of 4.2, but nobody could catch Torres.
Steven Duggar, who showed flashes of defensive brilliance in 2018, and some great potential at the plate, will need a monster season to top Torres in 2019, if he ever ends up doing so.