There are a number of you who surely remember Connor Joe’s brief tenure with the team, but the mere fact that he was in the Opening Day lineup is still hard to comprehend.
The Rule 5 pick was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in a trade for right-hander Jordan Johnson and cash on March 21, just days before the season began.
The 2014 first-round pick split the 2018 season between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .298/.408/.527 with 17 home runs and 60 walks in 435 plate appearances.
Alas, in fifteen at-bats with the Giants, he recorded just one hit. And that hit, the first of his MLB career, was treated like a game-winning grand slam by announcer Duane Kuiper.
With how bad the offense was going early in the year, I don’t blame him one bit. A cheap flare in between the shortstop and left fielder constituted a rally at that point.
It’s heartening to know that the current iteration of the lineup has at least looked like a big-league offense of late.
The team they trotted out there those first few weeks looked like a bad Triple-A team.
Joe has since returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system, where he’s hitting a solid .290/.436/.515 with 15 doubles and 10 home runs on the year.
Of course, you can’t mention Connor Joe without also mentioning another forgettable outfielder.