With the center field situation unclear for the San Francisco Giants, let’s look at five candidates who can play center field for the team.
It is still not totally clear who the San Francisco Giants starting center fielder will be at this point in spring training. They have tried out a number of players at the position, but a decision will most likely be made closer to Opening Day.
Ever since the Giants non-tendered Kevin Pillar, the situation in center field has been hazy.
Early on, Farhan Zaidi said that younger players would get a shot at the job, but then he went out and signed Billy Hamilton, which signals that he wants competition or perhaps isn’t thrilled by the in-house options.
Then, of course, there is the Mauricio Dubon experiment in center. Who knows if he is viewed as a potential center field starter, but it signals that the team wants to keep their options open. After all, flexibility is the name of the modern game.
What should the Giants prioritize in their center fielder?
With the spacious outfield in Oracle Park and a slightly trimmed but still intimidating Triples Alley, speed and defensive prowess are a near must for whoever will play the position.
That is an asset prized in all center fielders, but it becomes even more important with the Giants unique ballpark.
Then there is the question of whether a player with a better bat but not as much defensive ability is worth having in the lineup. The thinking there would be that whatever runs they give up in the outfield, they would make up for or perhaps exceed in runs contributed on offense.
It is not an easy decision, but it is one the Giants will have to make. So let’s take a look at the five candidates who have a shot to start in center field for the Giants in 2020.