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San Francisco Giants state of the position: Center field

Nick San Miguel
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 23: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates their victory during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays Rogers Centre on April 23, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 23: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates their victory during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays Rogers Centre on April 23, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 26: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on August 26, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

I fully expect Kevin Pillar to be the starting center fielder for the San Francisco Giants next season.

As far as his backup is concerned, Duggar may be on the move this offseason, so the team could try to find a cheap backup through free agency or just use Mike Yastrzemski in center when Pillar needs a day off.

Looking further down the road, if Heliot Ramos progresses faster than expected or the Giants slip out of the race, the team could opt to trade Pillar in an effort to get Ramos some valuable experience.

That said, I don’t think the Giants should rush Ramos to the big leagues. He’s still young and his offensive game remains a work-in-progress. It could be disastrous if they call him up too quickly with high expectations only to see him get shell-shocked and lose confidence in himself.

The best move might be to wait until September to get a look at him, with Pillar holding down the fort for the bulk of the season.

It is abundantly clear that the state of the outfield is much stronger headed into 2020 than it was in 2019.

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Even if no outside additions are made this offseason, an Opening Day outfield of Mike Yastrzemski, Kevin Pillar and Alex Dickerson is head and shoulders above the Michael Reed-Steven Duggar-Connor Joe trio that kicked off the 2019 season for the San Francisco Giants.

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