After joining the San Francisco Giants in the middle of 2012, Hunter Pence has added some fire to the line up and his teammates. In 221 games with the Giants, Pence has had a split of .267/.325/.458. Not the best, yet not the worst by far. Honestly since that faithful day in Cincinnati where “The Speech” was delivered by the Reverend, he has taken his game to a whole new level.
Of course he is still his abnormal self. From the awkward on deck swings, to his side arm heave from right field; Pence is the definition of what you would call an unique individual. In 2013 Pence raised his average dramatically to .283. Up from a total in 2012 of .253 split between the Giants (.219) and Philadelphia Phillies(.271). It was a rather easy choice for the Giants to make by inking Pence to a new 5 year $90 million deal.
Now that Pence has been saddled with the duties to man that elaborate architectural nightmare in right field, equipped with triples alley and 7 and a half brick archways. With his speed and ability to play the ball off the bat particularly well, Pence should be able to cover the ground needed to fulfill his duties in the outfield. The team is still looking for a left fielder to complement Angel Pagan and Pence. Gregor Blanco and Andres Torres had that task, but were unsuccessful on most occasions, especially Torres who, at the plate and in the field, was a major disappointment. While Blanco, on the other hand, could not stay consistent at the plate. The injury suffered by Pagan opened up room to see what Juan Perez had and to be honest, it may be best to start the current left fielder.
At the plate it would be nice to see a more patience from Pence. There has been way to many soft groundouts for a guy that has the potential to crank a ball up near the Coke bottle. What looks like horrible mechanics actual works for Hunter. Last year he totaled the most homer runs (27) in his career and 2nd most runs batted in (99), which led the team. Pence added 22 steals while only being caught 3 times, an 88% success rate.
His biggest obstacle will have to be avoiding striking out frequently and taking a lot more pitches, being patient, to find a way to get on base.