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Predicting Home Run Totals for Each San Francisco Giants Everyday Player

 

Predicting Home Run Totals for Each Giants Everyday Player

Pablo Sandoval San Francisco Giants
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The San Francisco Giants aren't renowned for registering big home run totals up-and-down their lineup. In fact, the Giants ranked 14th in that category in the National League last season, launching just 107 balls over the fence. San Francisco's lack of power wasn't an issue when their pitching staff carried them through tight-knit ball games en route to a World Series title in 2012. The Giants are in trouble if that trend continues in 2014.

Angel Pagan (CF)

Angel Pagan San Francisco Giants
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Angel Pagan (CF)

Angel Pagan San Francisco Giants
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Giants' lead-off hitter Angel Pagan doesn't possess a ton of home run pop. He's a gap-to-gap hitter, signified by the fact that he led the the league in triples (15) in 2012. Pagan's biggest home run total happened with the New York Mets in 2011 when he crushed 11 four-baggers. Pagan averages roughly 7.75 home runs per season over his eight-year career. He's capable of hitting 10 long balls if able to stay healthy.

Marco Scutaro (2B)

Marco Scutaro San Francisco Giants
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Marco Scutaro (2B)

Marco Scutaro San Francisco Giants
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Scutaro has spent a majority of Spring Training on the shelf with nagging back pain. He recently made his spring debut, raking a double down the line in his first at-bat. Scutaro is the most efficient contact hitter the Giants possess. Scutaro struck out once every 6.2 at-bats in 2013, ranking as one of the most difficult players to strike out in the game. He's not a power hitter, though, and likely won't smash more than three home runs in 2014.

Brandon Belt (1B)

Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants
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Brandon Belt (1B)

Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants
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Belt is on the verge of potentially becoming one of the best all-around hitters in the game among players at his position. He was fantastic in the second half of the 2013 season, registering a .326 batting average with 27 extra-base hits and 29 RBI. He smashed 17 home runs on the season and should surpass that figure in 2014. Belt has the power stroke needed to consistently hit more than 20 home runs. Chalk him for 23 long balls this season.

Buster Posey (C)

Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
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Buster Posey (C)

Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
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Posey is a hands-down MVP candidate for the upcoming season. He's bound to register a prototypical All-Star performance in 2014 after benefiting from a long offseason that allowed him to add 10 pounds of muscle. Posey struggled mightily in the second half of the 2013 campaign due to noticeable fatigue. That shouldn't be a problem this season. He's one of the best pure hitters in the game and could easily surpass 25 home runs this season.

Hunter Pence (RF)

Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants
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Hunter Pence (RF)

Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants
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Pence was outstanding for the Giants in his first full season in San Francisco last year. He crushed a career-high 27 home runs while playing his home games at what might be the most unforgiving ballpark in baseball. Pence also played in all 162 games for the first time in his career. He's touted for being in excellent shape, which certainly fuels his game. He's good for at least 22 home runs in 2014.

Mike Morse (LF)

Mike Morse San Francisco Giants
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Mike Morse (LF)

Mike Morse San Francisco Giants
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Morse wasn't a flashy free agent signing, but he's expected to supply the Giants' lineup with consistent power. San Francisco's new found slugger is far removed from 2011 when he crushed 31 home runs for the Washington Nationals. He struggled on a massive level last season, combining to hit just 13 long balls between two teams. The Giants are banking on a resurgence in 2014. He should be able to bang at least 20 home runs if he stays healthy.