Thursday, March 03, 2016

Denard Span and his 572 games in the minors

Span discusses how hungry it made him to play six seasons in the minors before he got to the bigs, according to Chris Haft at mlb.com

"I never take anything for granted," said Span, who made his Giants debut in their 8-7 Cactus League loss Thursday to a Milwaukee split squad. San Francisco's projected everyday center fielder and leadoff hitter served as the designated hitter and went 0-for-2.
Span made another pointed remark about his extended stay in the Minors.
"It made me hungry as well," he said.
That attitude partly fueled the Giants' motivation to remove him from the free-agent market by signing him to a three-year, $31 million deal during the offseason.
Fewer players nowadays receive as much big league preparation time as Span did. Consider three other Giants: first baseman Brandon Belt, third baseman Matt Duffy and shortstop Brandon Crawford played 196, 248 and 305 games in the Minors, respectively. This doesn't necessarily mean that they're significantly better ballplayers than Span. Factors such as need at a particular position or whether a club is struggling or succeeding can influence the timing of a promotion.

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