Sunday, March 10, 2013

Cole Gillespie as the 25th guy

Chris Haft has a story about him on the Giants web site, which is a good indication to me that he's got a decent shot at making the team. 

He played in 50 games as a Dback in 2010 and 2011.  

Here's part of Haft's story -- 
He has more Major League experience than Francisco Peguero, another leading right-handed-swinging outfield candidate. Gillespie also can play all three outfield positions, which would be a struggle for Peguero or Brett Pill, the first baseman who might be tested in left field. Manager Bruce Bochy has demonstrated that he values versatile reserves.
But as a non-roster invitee who's new to the organization, Gillespie knows that nothing's guaranteed him. Though he has spent more time playing outfield in the Majors than Peguero or Pill -- 50 games with the D-backs in 2010-11 -- both are outhitting him. Peguero ranks among the Cactus League's top hitters with a .550 average; Pill's batting .273.
Returning to Triple-A would accomplish little for Gillespie, 28, who owns a .292 career average in Triple-A. He has mastered the tasks the Giants want him to perform, at least at that level. He hit .361 (35-for-97) with a .448 on-base percentage against left-handed pitchers last year, and he won a Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence in 2011 with Reno.


Blogger obsessivegiantscompulsive said...

Not sure that is accurate on Haft's part. Pegeuro, from what I've read from BA, can play all three OF positions, as he has the speed and the arm (especially for RF). And he's considered a top defender to boot. So he can definitely play all three OF positions.

The main difference is that while Gillespie is clearly a backup OF, the Giants still think that Peguero can develop into a starting OF for us. So while for Gillespie, it's either 5th OF or not sure where he goes, for Peguero, he's either starting in LF for the Giants or starting in RF for the Grizzlies (with some LF in case they need him to come up during the season, or if he forces his way to the majors).

Also, I would note that just because you are hitting well in spring training does not guarantee anything in terms of 25 roster. Just because Peguero is hitting that does not mean that he'll get the spot over Gillespie, in fact, to my point above, it probably convinces the Giants more that they should keep him starting in AAA, letting him show off what he can do while Blanco and Torres hopefully perform well in LF, but if not, the Giants will go to Peguero at some point, as a starter.

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