Angel Pagan Must Progress For San Francisco Giants To Contend in 2013

By Devin O'Barr
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The San Francisco Giants have all of the talent in the world, however, if they don’t have production at the top of the lineup they will struggle to score runs in 2013. Angel Pagan got a big payday this MLB off-season and he will be looked upon to be the table-setter for a scary Giants offense.

Pagan lead off for the Giants 79 times last year and did a great job with a career-high 95 runs scored and 15 triples. I definitely expect Pagan to lead off more than 79 times this year as the Giants have a lot of money invested in him. Pagan will proceed Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval who both had excellent postseasons, but have a lot to improve upon if they want to repeat as champs in 2013.

Pagan has had three consecutive seasons of 29 or more stolen bases which equated to a four year $45M deal from the Giants this winter. He has come a long way from his days as a Chicago Cub when he was a fourth outfielder who was lacking at the plate with a batting average of .255 at the plate and an embarrassing eight stolen bases over two seasons.

Manning center field for the second-straight season with the Giants Pagan looks to improve upon five errors he had in 2012 and avoid the 10 errors he committed with the New York Mets in 2010.

Bruce Bouchy will have his hands full with the Giants this year, however, if Pagan can set the table for MVP Buster Posey and company then the team should be able to combat the World Series hangover that often plagues teams.

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