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San Francisco Giants: Who was the team’s biggest surprise in 2019?

DENVER, CO - JULY 17: Mike Yastrzemski #5 of the San Francisco Giants watches the flight of a fifth inning double against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 17: Mike Yastrzemski #5 of the San Francisco Giants watches the flight of a fifth inning double against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JULY 17: Mike Yastrzemski #5 of the San Francisco Giants watches the flight of a fifth inning double against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

There were plenty of pleasant surprises on the San Francisco Giants roster during the 2019 season. Who ranked as the biggest surprise?

While the San Francisco Giants finished 2019 with a 77-85 record, there were a lot of positive takeaways from a season of growth for a team in transition.

Among them were a number of under-the-radar gems unearthed by new team president Farhan Zaidi, who cast a wide net in his search for discount talent while filling out the roster.

The roster was seemingly in a constant state of turnover throughout the season, and while a number of their outside additions failed to stick, a few emerged as consistent contributors along the way.

Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski slugged his way to a productive rookie season, a healthy Alex Dickerson provided a significant offensive spark in July, journeyman infielder Donovan Solano carved out a regular role, reliever Trevor Gott was a stable middle relief option and outfielder Kevin Pillar became the team’s top offensive producer in a number of categories.

So which of those players qualifies as the most surprising?

We asked Around the Foghorn contributors Melissa Dickson, Nick San Miguel and Jeff Young to weigh in on who they felt was the biggest surprise of the 2019 season and we came away with three different answers.

As the San Francisco Giants continue to rebuild, chances are the front office will continue to look for under-the-radar options to bolster the roster. Zaidi has shown a knack for finding diamonds in the rough in the past, and perhaps he can bring some of that magic to San Francisco in the years to come.

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