San Francisco Giants have been clamoring for a red-hot Mac Williamson to be recalled from Triple-A. They’re finally getting their wish.
All it took was a three-homer game for the San Francisco Giants to finally get the hint that it was time to recall Mac Williamson from Triple-A.
According to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, he will join the Giants today in Colorado, with a corresponding roster move yet to be announced.
After going deep three times on Monday night, Williamson now hitting .378/.459/.756 with nine home runs and 22 RBI in 98 plate appearances.
By comparison, Giants left fielders are hitting .162/.225/.223 on the year for an unthinkably bad .448 OPS. That’s actually worse than the pitchers for the Brewers (.560), Mets (.555) and Diamondbacks (.472).
The team promoted Mike Gerber last week in hopes he could provide a spark after a strong start of his own in Triple-A.
However, he’s gone just 1-for-15 with nine strikeouts.
It’s understandable that the team would have turned to Gerber first. Once Williamson is recalled from the minors, there will be no optioning him back to Triple-A this time around. He’ll be able to reject the assignment and opt instead for free agency.
He has forced the team’s hand, though.
The 28-year-old has always had tantalizing raw power, and as he showed with this 511-foot bomb he hit last night, that intriguing tool is still very much present:
And while his .222/.295/.386 line in 339 plate appearances at the MLB level leaves a lot to be desired, he has hit 13 home runs during that span.
For a Giants team that has hit just 30 homers in 35 games and is averaging 3.5 runs per contest, rolling the dice on Williamson continuing his hot start at the MLB level is a no-brainer.
Promoting him for a series at Coors Field is also a nice way to ease him back into the mix. There’s no better way to build some early confidence than to send a ball soaring out of one of the most hitter-friendly parks in baseball.
Is Mac Williamson the answer to the Giants offensive woes?
No. No one player is going to turn this inept attack around.
However, he is capable of answering the left field question, and with team control through the 2023 season, he can still be a long-term piece of the puzzle.
His 2019 debut on Tuesday will be the first step.