Who will be the Giants most valuable player in 2020?

Nick San Miguel
Giants rookie Mauricio Dubon. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Giants rookie Mauricio Dubon. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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San Francisco Giants, Mike Yastrzemski
Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Mike Yastrzemski

In addition to the aforementioned Kevin Pillar and Will Smith, a strong case can also been made for Mike Yastrzemski as the most valuable Giants player in 2019.

He was one of the offensive leaders of the team, posting a 123 OPS+ and hitting 21 home runs in a rookie season that nobody saw coming.

Now, heading into 2020, Yaz will have a lot of eyes on him and that means higher expectations. He will be relied on heavily in a lineup that has lost one of its best hitters in Pillar, and still has a number of holes.

The fact that he is athletic enough to play all three outfield positions also boosts his value, but more than anything the Giants need him to hit like he did last year. There is a good chance that he could be regularly used as the team’s lead-off hitter, so if he can be a productive table setter, that boosts his value even higher.

Like Dubon, Yaz is making the league minimum. If they can get another season out of him like the one he put together in 2019, he would be a steal considering what others are paid to put up similar numbers.