Will San Francisco Giants Play Ehire Adrianza Down Stretch?
The San Francisco Giants are last place in the National League West division with a 65-79 record. With only 18 games left on the 2013 regular season, it is time to start playing the younger players to see what they can do when given the right opportunity. One player in particular that manager Bruce Bochy would like to see get some consistent playing time is infielder Ehire Adrianza.
“I’m going to try to pick a spot to play him,” Bochy said, according to SFGiants.com.
The rookie has only appeared in two games this season, both times as a pinch-runner. However, he played a big role in his MLB debut when he scored the winning run in the 11th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 8.
“That was so exciting,” Adrianza said after the game, according to ESPN.com. “I have been waiting for this moment since I was 3 years old. It was pretty amazing and it feels great. As a pinch-runner it was an honor to win a game like that.”
Bochy had already decided to give Adrianza some decent playing time down the stretch prior to the 24-year-old scoring the winning run, but it certainly did not hurt for the manger to see that. Adrianza has spent eight years in San Francisco’s farm system, which means he has paid his dues and deserves a shot in a losing season.
The good news is Bochy believes Adrianza is a very talented player. He will not be playing Adrianza out of sympathy, but rather, because he actually believes the Venezuela native can be an asset for the team.
“He has good range, he’s athletic and he’s made so much improvement with the bat from both sides,” Bochy told SFGiants.com.