As a unit, the San Francisco Giants outfield contingent did not have high expectations heading into this season. The Giants acquired Yastrzemski at the end of spring training, and few envisioned him becoming a roster staple by the end of this year. Sure enough, that is exactly what he did. In only 411 plate appearances, the 29-year-old smacked 21 home runs, which tied him for the team lead with Kevin Pillar. In addition, he posted a .272/.334/.518 line. He was the Giants’ most consistent offensive contributor and will hold down one of the three outfield spots as they head into 2020. With the glove, Yastrzemski spent time at all three outfield positions, and he gives the team the type of versatility that Farhan Zaidi covets.
Kevin Pillar: B+
When the season began, Pillar was wearing a Toronto Blue Jays jersey. Five games later, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants in a rare April trade. The longtime Blue Jay was known for his incredible plays in the outfield, and he made plenty more in the Orange and Black. While his -5 DRS as a center fielder was below-average from a metrics standpoint, he still passes the eye test, showing good range while patrolling one of the bigger outfields in baseball. He was a huge upgrade in center field compared to what the Giants have thrown out there in recent seasons.
Similar to Yastrzemski, Pillar proved to be one of the more consistent offensive contributors on the team. Across 628 plate appearances, the 30-year-old posted a .264/.293/.442 line to go along with 21 home runs and 87 RBI. That on-base percentage leaves a lot to be desired, but he led the team in hits, doubles, RBI and runs scored. The question remains whether the Giants will tender him a contract for next season, as he is due a sizeable raise in his fourth and final year of arbitration. They may be able to get more value out of the center field position, but the Giants have proven in recent seasons that they can certainly do worse.
Dickerson burst onto the scene by hitting a grand slam in his first game with the San Francisco Giants. He was a key contributor to the team’s good stretch of play in June and July. In 171 plate appearances, the former Padre hit .290/.351/.529 to go along with six home runs. He was also able to handle either corner outfield spot. However, durability will be the key for him going forward. He suffered significant injuries in 2017 and 2018, and that has stalled his career to this point. If he can stay healthy, he showed enough promise with the bat to be a starter. At the very least, he profiles as a competent platoon option after batting .288 with a .855 OPS against right-handed pitching.