The Giants have not hidden their need to find a center fielder who can chase down balls at AT&T Park. After prospect Steven Duggar's fine performance in the Arizona Fall League, they are rethinking the need to acquire one from the outside. "We value Duggar as a guy we can look toward to in the future, so it does affect how we view addressing that need this offseason," general manager Bobby Evans said Monday during the first day of the winter meetings. "It does give us a mindset more short term." In other words, the Giants might look to for a caretaker center fielder, an Austin Jackson type, rather than a long-term answer such as free agent Lorenzo Cain or the Reds' Billy Hamilton. Duggar, 24, might have reached the majors in 2017 if not for elbow and hip injuries. After a terrible start to the Fall League, Duggar finished with .263 average, .367 on-base percentage, .421 slugging percentage and nine stolen bases in 10 tries. On Monday he was one of six outfielders named to the league's Top Prospects team in a vote of managers and coaches. He displayed a quick bat and gap-to-gap power. More important, Duggar played his position well. Evans would not go as far as saying he would be comfortable with Duggar and Gorkys Hernandez starting the year as the Giants' center fielders, but he did not rule it out either.
Giants rethink center-field options after Duggar’s Fall League performance
San Francisco Chronicle | Dec 12