SF Giants who could hit 20 home runs: Mike Yastrzemski
Going into last season, essentially no one was expecting Mike Yastrzemski to be a big contributor for the Giants, let alone that he would tie for the team lead in home runs even though he only played in 107 games.
One of the big questions going into 2020 was whether Yaz’s 2019 campaign was a fluke or whether he would back it up with a solid 2020 season at the dish. With only a small sample size to go on, it was really anyone’s best guess as to whether he would be able to deliver another solid season.
Going back to his time in the minor leagues, Yaz had never been a supreme power hitter. The most dingers he had recorded came in 2017 in time spent in Triple and Double-A where he hit 15. In 2019 for the Sacramento River Cats before he was called up, he hit 12 home runs in 40 games before the team called him up to the big leagues.
It should be noted that there was a point last season where the Giants considered sending Yaz down to Triple A. He was only hitting .227/.279/.398 with four home runs in mid-July, but after that point he went off and ended the year with a slash line of .272/.334/.518 and 21 dingers.
It was an amazing rebound, and we can only hope that once baseball resumes, Yaz will pick up right where he left off and deliver another 20-homer plus season.