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Even in college, at Long Beach State, MATT DUFFY's power numbers were low-- non-existent to be exact. Once in the Giants farm system, Duffy must have started lifting weights or used 'other means.' We don't think Duffy is a big weight lifter at 6 ' 2" and 170- and even weight lifting only does so much to help with power numbers. We know from former Giants farmhand Garrett Brohius that at least one Giants minor league coach encouraged him to use 'other means' , if you will, and that is the only explanation we can see for Duffy's sudden and greatly increasing power - well over a 100% increase in homers this year based on career at- bats (as well as with average) as he climbs through the Giants system where he now has a higher SLG (slugging percentage) any time in his career, including minors and college, while maintaining a batting average over his minor league average.
Like Duffy, 2014 was the key year JOE PANIK just as the parent San Francisco Giants would doing anything for a decent second baseman after going through six (including .166 hitting Dan Uggla). Panik was so raw and 'unlikely' the Giants hadn't even considered him but when Uggla couldn't BUY a single hit during his short stay the Giants, in total desperation, called up Panik, only in his first year at AAA. As if God had called from above, 'Panik Will Hit like Duffy' young Joe inexplicably raised his average going from Double A (AA) to Triple A (AAA) ball - but in his case it was almost a 70 point increase (from .257 to .332) - shades of when Marco Scutaro came from Colorado to the Giants in 2012, raising his average from .262 to .350 the second half of the season. At least with the 37-year-old Scutaro, he was going from one major league team to another. Panik was somehow able to increase his average significantly going from the low minors to the high minor leagues when, if anything, it should be the other way around; it's normal for a player to drop somewhat in average at each successive level. But not Duffy or Panik.
PANIK VS DUFFY - Best Ever Slugging for Skinny Third Baseman, Sandoval Way Behind It's a fact that there's been a challenge between Panik and Duffy to 'out-homer' each other. You'd think these guys were goofing around in the minors. But here, they are in the majors, you have these neophytes in their first full seasons, after undistinguished minor league careers , challenging team leader Buster Posey in batting average - AND home runs with Duffy only a few behind the team leader and rivaling second baseman Brandon Crawford - who also, inexplicably, is having his best homer season of his career with 11 . Meanwhile, while Duffy is just getting used to his relatively new third base position, he's somehow managed to have his BEST -EVER SLUGGING percentage (total bases/at bats) of .466. By comparison, Posey's slugging percentage is only 35 poings higher!
DUFFY vs. SANDOVAL Remember Pablo Sandoval, the $20 million dollar man who Duffy replaced? It's not even close with with Duffy slugging 100 points higher with more homerruns and hitting 50 points higher! Three months ago if someone told you a skinny 23-year-old banjo-hitter named Duffy would be out -hitting Sandoval in all categories you would have laughed. Not to mention the price differential. All we can do is say that there's something wrong with this picture. And we thought Sandoval was an UNREAL hitter- at least the way hit hit the ball LEFT-handed. If you figure Duffy's power and along with batting average, he's never had a better season than he's currently having, even if you go all the way back to low minors, and of course college, where he didn't do much. With Duffy there wasn't the dramatic one-year batting increase as with Panik. It appears that Panik was already 'asserting his power' which will usually lead to a drop in batting average.PANIK Then, there's one more 'miracle.' When it comes to Pitching... TO BE CONTINUED...
As with Duffy and Panik, Heston had below-average numbers but also began a sudden and major transformation in 2014 while in minors with Fresno, which only continued to get better after he joined the major leagues Giants and began to pitch regularly as what came to be the No. 2 starter on the team in 2015! Pretty good one-year make-over for a 367th round draft pick going all the way to No 2 starter on the World Champion Giants.
**** Yes, other teams and their players other than the Giants have and are still likely still using PEDs - despite what the top baseball brass might tell you - but the Giants with Barry Bonds were the ones who really opened the PED flood gates and have long been leading the way (24 PED indicted players since Bonds and six in the past three World Series years). Despite that no players have been caught for PEDs this year -other than the first week when three were caught with the same older type of PED- Major League Baseball drug testing still does not appear to have kept up with players and their latest designer steroids, as PED guru Victor Conte has described to us on multiple occasions. We saw 20 players caught for PEDs in 2013- thanks to the Biogenesis leak - that MLB COULD NOT find through its own testing. Based on this and some still unlikely power numbers , batting averages and ERAs among certain players today, it would appear that PEDs may likely have affected participating teams and performances in recent World Series - and continue to be affecting baseball adversely today, in our opinion.
The Giants have won three World Series in five years with basically two name players (Bumgarner and Posey) and three virtually different teams, except for those two and a few others. They've won by , mysteriously(?) , coming on strong every post season and not striking out and, basically, over-performing not once but three years running, regardless of the changing cast of characters - players many of which the Giants picked up on waivers and couldn't have given away who, suddenly, inexplicably, come on in late career for career seasons, ie Andres TorrezMarco Scutaro, Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff, Pat Burrell - and of course known PED guys like Melky Cabrera, Jose Guillen and Michael Morse, which didn't hurt and provided many game-winning hits during their short stays with the Giants.
While many have turned a blind eye to PEDs- especially in places like liberal San Francisco where 'anything goes' and certain media folks have admitted they don't care - baseball has suffered in the ratings - especially World Series TV coverage as well as overall attendance that has dropped significantly the past five years. Maybe not coincidentally, this is the period during which the Giants have been winning their unlikely World Series. Too bad younger fans have had to grow up knowing nothing other than the PED era where one has to guess as to which players REALLY have talent as opposed to PED help. While a lot of players, current and past, are reticent to talk about the ongoing travesty of PEDs (now over 20 years later) - except for Jose Conseco and Ken Camaniti, who have suffered for it- many people have turned away from baseball. PEDs is not a problem alone to baseball with other sports such as tennis also affected, where a lack of 'policing' also exists. Basketball, in which is not so much dependent on musculature and power, has probably taken away some of baseball's fans with highest- ever numbers. If MLB, its teams , the media and even the fans don't 'police' the sport of baseball better, it may continue to lose following. Many have grown tired of seeing low hit games without a competitive back and forth and overdependence on power pitching and stikeouts.
MATT DUFFY has more homers than Pence, three short of star Posey and is hitting as well as the Giants lone star position player. CHRIS HESTON already has a no-hitter and as many wins (8) as Bumgarner, the Giants' ace. JOE PANIK hasn't stopped hitting since he came up to the Giants late as year as a 'desperation' 2nd base replacement for Marco Scutaro; they were so sure Panik wasn't major league caliber it wasn't until after .165 hitting Dan Uggla failed they brought him in. And now, young ANDREW SUSAC , with his .250 minor league average , is suddenly hitting .286 for the Giants - almost as well as 'superstar' Posey - as of this writing . At one point, last month, the entire the Giants starting lineup was averaging .300 with but the one 'legitimate' star (Posey) and four players with a combined major league of experience of less than a year.
Now, with veterans Aoki and Pence out of the lineup, it's REALLY a virtual MINOR LEAGUE club YET hitting better than most teams with top, known talent, yet these players, with little or no substantive history are out-performing multi-million dollar stars. Who would have thought 'skinny' Duffy, who never hit more than three homeruns in Double A ball - and totally skipped AAA - would have 8 homers already this year (only three less than Posey) and more than both guys he replaced (combined), McGee and Sandova l. But, stuff like this isn't unusual on the Giants.
We just added ANDREW SUSACE to the above chart as he raised his average from .220 to .286 with Giants, after a minor league average of around .250 -a high of .268 last year at Fresno (AAA)- now hitting .286 with the 'big' Giants, as of this writing
How is it , year and after year the San Francisco Giants, after failing to bring in a name free agent, other than Hunter Pence - who isn't even playing right now - keep bringing in no-name players who suddenly over-perform with the big club? There's more to it than coincidence that Matt (skinny banjo hitter) Duffy, Joe 'I was the seventh and desperation choice to play second place, even after Dan Uggla' Panik , Chris '247th draft pick later released' Heston and Andrew ' Even I can do it too despite my .250 minor league average' Susac all suddenly lead the Giants in hitting this year with vitually no major league experience and average minor league careers behind them.
In fact, when the Giants were so desperate for a third baseman Duffy came all the way from Double A , with not only no major league experience but no Triple A experience, yet he's already hit as many homers this year in a third of the season than he hit at any stage of the minor leagues - and his batting average is up there , too. Makes the trade for McGee, currently hitting .220 , very foolish. Normally, players show promise ahead of time and a team doesn't go shell out $5 million for a player if they think they have a player about ready to come up. The Giants didn't see that in Duffy, nor in Panik, nor in Heston, another desperation move when Matt Cain went down, and now Susac.who is suddenly hitting like he's been in the majors forever. NOT ONE OF THESE PLAYERS WAS EXPECTED TO MAKE THE GIANTS TEAM with possible exception of Panik on his sudden late 2014 success.
I mean these guys are getting peanuts compared to the Pagans, Poseys, Pences - and, yet, they are performing as well or better. My God, Skinny Duffy is only three homeruns behind the great Posey and is hitting as well for average. Ditto, Panik, who's hitting better than Posey, and, now yet a FIFTH the big suprise (?) with Gregor Blanco, nowhitting over .300 , better than the guy multi-million man he replaced, Hunter Pence. The names on the Giants don't seem to matter. If a guy gets hurt there's always another 'magic man' around. Most teams have to trade for a decent player. The Giants just pull them out of a hat.
But we're not done yet.
Then there are the Brandons. never stars in the minors nor majors but hitting on cue as needed, Crawford with AS MANY HOMERUNS AS POSEY and more homers than his slugging brother Belt. ! This for a 'no-hit all field'shortstop
You have a Giants team with , essentially, minor league-calibre players, except for Posey and Pagan and Pence, when the latter two are healthy. This pattern has followed all three world series years, but at least the guys they brought in previous years at least had major league experience, ie, Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff, Pat Burell and Marco Scutero, yet no teams even wanted them! Come to the Giants and they're sudden stars!
And, with the Giants they ALWAYS find a rabbit to pull out of the hat. One writer yesterday said the Giants , despite injuries, are in good position for their 'patented' late season run. Go figure. All players seem to always come through as needed. Only one Giant has yet to perform but don't be surprised if he's the next 'hero,'Maxwell.
What about Maxwell?
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What Happened to Maxwell? didn't anyone on the Giants share the koolaid with him? Where was he when Bonds came around in Spring Training to 'coach'the hitters. Must not have been around at t he time because everyone else is playing like the 2002 Giants. Think Matt Williams, Aurellia, Santiago, Schmidt, etc. Only Marvin Bernard seemed to fall a little flat.Perhaps Maxwell is the Bernard of the Giants. Yet Maxwell was an unlikely star in spring training. Maybe nobody took him aside and told him 'You're not supposed to strike out so much and you're supposed to hit out of your mind - better than you ever did before. But just wait for the 'trickle down' to happen next to Maxwell, or, maybe the Giants need to have at least one under-performing player to make them look honest.
Whenever the Giants Get Down, Like Magic, They Get a 'Break'
Other teams like the Dodgers are made fun of for under-performing wtih big name free agents and star power. The Giants,with one of the most disliked and talentless GMs in baseball, weren't able to swing few good deals, yet they keep coming up with these marginal players who time and again become success stories. I mean, Panik was so not major league material the Giants didn't even consider bringing him up last year to fill in for Scutaro at second base. In fact, they went through six other players including .165 hitting Dan Uggla, from Atlanta (who never did get a single hit in the two or three games he played with the Giants.
So, we've seen a pattern over the years with the Giants. In 2010 it was Andres Torres, Cody Ross Huff, Burrell and Uribe and a bunch of pitchers. In 2012 it was Scutaro coming over from Colorado to fill in for his friend Melky Cabrera, the one free agent pick up that had been doing anything until he got kicked off the team for PEDs , and others. in 2014 it was k first another previously indicted player, Michael Morse, who had a great first half, and then the most unlikely guys of all - with virtually no major league experience and not a lot of success in the minors - Panik and Duffy. And then, there were a lot of players who suddenly over-performed as the Giants are want to do in the late season and post season...
And, oh, don't forget pitcher Heston, the 247th player to be picked in the draft and then released by the Giants before they brought him back, suddenly the second starter on a team supposedly known for it's pitching. He's already pitched a no-hitter and won as many games as Bumgarner (8) !
'HOMEGROWN' TALENT from a Minor League Wasteland
The Giants say they're proud of their 'homegrown' Giants. With a minor league pretty much in shambles - and lack of quality trades, the Giants have somehow been able to win those three world series - their first in 56 years. It's even more interesting that the four above mentioned players, Duffy, Panik, Heston and Susac came up through a weaked organization - not to mention Brandons Crawford and Belt. The Giants have depleated their 'upper' minors for years due to trades and lack of great drafts - only Buster Posey can be called a real 'prize' yet here they are, somehow winning at the major league level.
They say baseball is 'clean' again. After 24 PED-indicted players since Barry Bonds, three world series and a cast of 'no-name' characters later, The Giants must be doing it with mirrors and magic.
"If you knew who Chris Heston was before the start of the 2015 season, you were probably a member of his family, maybe an old teammate of his at East Carolina or perhaps an obsessive-compulsive fantasy league owner who studies all 900 player write-ups in the "Baseball America Prospect Handbook."
The first no-hitter of 2015 wasn't thrown by one of these pitchers racking up double-digit strikeouts every time out like Chris Sale or Corey Kluber or Chris Archer, but an obscure 27-year-old rookie pitcher for the San Francisco Giants -- a pitcher in the rotation primarily because Jake Peavy and Matt Cain are on the disabled list. Before the season, Baseball America rated Heston the 25th-best prospect in the Giants' organization, mentioning that he had a solid season in 2014 at Triple-A Fresno as a "crafty right-hander who succeeds without any pitch that grades out as even average. ... It's unlikely Heston can find big league success by letting big league hitters put pitch after pitch into play, but he will serve as reliable emergency starter option."