SF Giants: 3 players that need to prove themselves in 2022
1. Steven Duggar
Steven Duggar had a bit of a roller-coaster season in 2021. He was left off the Opening Day roster but was called up in mid-April and went on a bit of a tear over the summer. Some people may forget that he was hitting .326 towards the end of June and was playing basically every day.
But then Duggar got cold in July and early August with his average dropping to .267 when he was sent to Triple-A Sacramento due to a roster crunch.
He was called back up in September just in time for an absolutely clutch and electrifying triple against Walker Buehler and the Los Anegles Dodgers. He finished the season hitting .257/.330/.437 with 8 home runs and 35 RBI.
In all, it was an up and down season for Duggar. But it was a season in which Duggar proved that he can be more than just an above-average defensive outfielder who couldn't hit which is what many Giants fans, myself included, had written him off as.
The next step for Duggar is proving that he can be a consistent threat at the plate. That is what he must prove going into 2022. We all know that he has excellent speed and is probably the best defensive center fielder that the Giants currently have, but he needs to prove that he can hit like a big leaguer for an entire season.