KFFL answers important fantasy baseball questions about each Major League Baseball team as spring training approaches. What must fantasy baseball players know about the San Francisco Giants?
Who is Hunter Pence?
Awkward swing, ugly fantasy game
Amazing to think many drafters still don't know the answer after his six MLB seasons. Visions of 30-homer seasons should have already exited your dreams. He needed the help of hitter-friendly home digs and a history of fast starts merely to come close to that. Safe to say AT&T Park doesn't facilitate many long-distance calls. Pence's high worm-burner percentages also keep him grounded.
For someone with his heavy pattern of dirt-denting, he doesn't make much contact, and last year's connection rate was abysmal. Though he boasts a track record of run production and holds a favorable drive-in and plate-crossing situation, relying chiefly on the team-dependent stats endangers upside. Steals aren't cemented, either.
Captain Underpants should fly closer to his career clip of .285, but he'll need to scrape that to justify landing on a mixed squad in the first four or so rounds. Especially as a Giant, he's filler, not a foundation, despite what early mockers have said. Unless he radically alters his approach or lands in a hitter haven sometime this summer, he's in line to disappoint overpaying devotees.
How can Tim Lincecum recover?
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won several industry leagues in both baseball and football.
During baseball and football season, hear him every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore. On Thursdays, he visits 106.1 FM WMTI in New Orleans and Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, where he often crashes other shows, as well.
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