3 Reasons David Villar is SF Giants Third Baseman of the Future
Reason #1: The Power Numbers
Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic wrote a piece last month about David Villar hitting 30 home runs in the 2022 season (combining his Triple A and MLB stats). Baggarly notes just how rare 30 homer years have been for the Giants organization at any level since the days of Barry Bonds.
The only names most Giants fans would recognize who are on that list are Adam Duvall and Mike Yastrzemski. Of course, Duvall was traded away and Yastrzemski has had his struggles. With Yastrzemski especially there were high hopes that he would become the premier power hitter in the lineup going forward.
While there is still time for Yastrzemski to rebound, Villar is an exciting new prospect to be a premier power hitter in the middle of the lineup for the Giants. In total, Villar hit 36 home runs across Triple A and the majors in 2022.
His 9 home runs in the big leagues came in 181 plate appearances in 52 games. Let's get greedy and multiply those numbers by three, and we get awfully close to Villar having a 30-homer season in the big leagues.
Now, I should note, I am not a big fan of "on pace for" statistics. We all remember when Joc Pederson was "on pace for" 30-plus homers before falling into a two month slump where he had zero home runs. Or when the Yankees were "on pace for" 120 wins.
Players have slumps and dry spells and they get really hot. We saw both ends of that spectrum from Villar in 2022. But let's take those peaks and valleys into consideration over the course of a relatively healthy 2023, and it is easy to envision Villar hitting 20-something home runs for the Giants.
In an offseason where it is quite possible that the Giants will lose Joc Pederson and Brandon Belt in free agency, Villar is one of the few players we know will be on the team next year who we can realistically hope will have a 20-plus homer season. That prospect is exciting, and it is a big reason why Villar can establish himself in the lineup going forward.