Projecting 2014 Statistics For San Francisco Giants’ Everyday Players
Projecting 2014 Statistics For San Francisco Giants' Everyday Players
The San Francisco Giants need to ramp-up run production in order to contend in 2014. The Giants averaged 3.9 runs per game last season, fueling a dismal 76-win season.
San Francisco benefited from big-time performances in the season prior, when guys like Buster Posey and Marco Scutaro were virtually impossible to get out. The 2013 campaign was an utter disaster though. Significant injuries plagued the Giants’ ability to gain forward momentum while also exposing a severe lack of bench depth.
The Giants were frequently forced to rely upon unseasoned minor leaguers, like outfielder Roger Kieschnick, to help propel their inefficient offense. However, nothing seemed to work. The Giants had regressed into mediocrity despite being the defending World Champions.
San Francisco figures to contend in the upcoming season if they’re able to score at least four runs per contest. The Giants’ pitching staff was uncharacteristically inefficient last season, ranking 22nd in team ERA. The Giants’ starting rotation should improve in 2014, considering the addition of veteran pitcher Tim Hudson and a probable rebound from dependable innings-eater Matt Cain.
For the Giants to be successful in 2014 and win the NL West, they need certain players to overachieve, such as free agent acquisition Michael Morse, who was inexplicably unproductive while spending time with two American League ball clubs last season.
San Francisco also needs Posey to reassert himself as a legitimate MVP candidate. He struggled immensely in the second half of 2013, showing serious signs of fatigue. That can’t happen if the Giants expect to return to the playoffs this season.
Statistical tendencies help to analyze what to expect from San Francisco’s offense in 2014. The following slideshow highlights statistical predictions for the Giants’ everyday players.
Buster Posey (C)
.308 AVG, .383 OBP, .478 SLG, .861 OPS, 18 HRs, 83 RBI, 62 BBs, 592 PAs in 136 games
The fact that Buster Posey wants to remain the Giants’ permanent everyday catcher could ultimately prevent him from reaching his full offensive potential. However, Posey is one of the best pure hitters in the game. He figures to post All-Star caliber numbers at his position in 2014.
Brandon Belt (1B)
.288 AVG, .368 OBP, .481 SLG, .850 OPS, 21 HRs, 95 RBI, 68 BBs, 641 PAs in 151 games
Brandon Belt had a breakout season in 2013 after altering his stance in the batter’s box and adjusting his grip. Belt projects as the Giants’ No. 3 hitter and is expected to be their best run producer.
Marco Scutaro (2B)
.286 AVG, .335 OBP, .361 SLG, .696 OPS, 3 HRs, 45 RBI, 39 BBs, 564 PAs in 130 games
Marco Scutaro battled a nasty pinkie injury on his glove hand last season, forcing him to miss significant playing time. Scutaro is a seasoned veteran that seems to improve with age. He’s one of the best contact hitters in baseball and should prove to be a reliable No. 2 hitter for the Giants in 2014.
Pablo Sandoval (3B)
.296 AVG, .348 OBP, .466 SLG, .813 OPS, 18 HRs, 78 RBI, 43 BBs, 578 PAs in 136 games
Pablo Sandoval has spent the entirety of the offseason trying to build an athletic physique. He’s reportedly dropped 42 pounds and is expected to enter camp in the best shape of his career. Sandoval is a wretched free-swinger with incredible power. His numbers should register near his career averages if he’s able to stay in peak athletic form.
Brandon Crawford (SS)
.253 AVG, .312 OBP, .358 SLG, .670 OPS, 8 HRs, 48 RBI, 42 BBs, 557 PAs in 139 games
Brandon Crawford seemingly developed into a more productive hitter last season, although his numbers don’t reflect that notion. Crawford is a vital proponent of the Giants’ offense, especially in clutch situations at the bottom of the lineup. He doesn’t appear to be better than a career .250 hitter, though.
Michael Morse (LF)
.267 AVG, .325 OBP, .463 SLG, .788 OPS, 17 HRs, 54 RBI, 26 BBs, 391 PAs in 96 games
Michael Morse will supply the Giants’ lineup with much needed power, but it remains to be seen if he can stay healthy for a majority of the season. He’ll likely split time with speedy outfielder Gregor Blanco in left field, but will enter the season as the default everyday starter.
Angel Pagan (CF)
.287 AVG, .337 OBP, .415 SLG, .751 OPS, 8 HRs, 50 RBI, 41 BBs, 579 PAs in 127 games
Angel Pagan is a catalyst at the top of the lineup for the Giants. He missed most of the 2013 campaign with a torn hamstring, an injury that required mid-season surgery. Pagan supplies speed and pop from the lead-off spot. He led the big leagues with 15 triples in 2012.
Hunter Pence (RF)
.280 AVG, .332 OBP, .463 SLG, .795 OPS, 23 HRs, 90 RBI, 46 BBs, 662 PAs in 155 games
Hunter Pence arguably had the best season of his big league career in 2013. He started all 162 games for the Giants and smashed a career-high 27 home runs. The Giants rewarded Pence with a hefty five-year, $90 million contract earlier this offseason. Pence is in his prime at the age of 30, and his numbers in 2014 should reflect that.