Tuesday, July 11, 2017
All-Star Break Q/A
All-Star Break is a nice time to catch our breaths and do a Q/A. Submit questions on any baseball related topic. I will try to answer some of the simpler ones during the day, but most answers will likely come this evening after work. If community members want to give. their own answers before then, that's OK too.
A news note: The Giants optioned Mac Williamson back to AAA to make room on the roster for Eduardo Nunez who they anticipate will come off the DL when the season resumes on Friday. According to SF Gate, Gorkys Hernandez will likely play LF with Nunez playing mostly 3B. The Giants are reportedly considering promoting Chris Shaw, who would have to be added to the 40 man roster to come up.
I understand activating Nunez. He has to play to rebuild his trade value. I also understand keeping Gorkys Hernandez around to be the the 4'th OF. What I don't understand is why they would keep Conor Gillaspie when they also have Jae-Gyun Hwang who can play the same positions. You put all this together and it sounds like they have 1. Given up on Mac and 2. Are still trying to put the team out there that has the best chance to win now. If true, both parts of that are a mistake.
I know Mac has scuffled since coming off the DL, but the Giants have to find some power for LF by next season if they want to contend again. It would be a mistake to count on Austin Slater making a full recovery from his injury or to count on Shaw being able to handle the position defensively. Just my opinion, but Mac still is their best chance of getting both the power and defense they need out of LF for 2018, at least among internal options. Why not put him out there long enough to see if he can get his timing and swing back?
OK, with that off my chest, fire away with the questions!