Ten things San Francisco Giants fans need to know about Francisco Peguero
As the saying goes, better late than never. Or in this case, better late than in September.
On Thursday, the Giants promoted outfielder Francisco Peguero from Triple-A Fresno to replace Justin Christian, who was placed on the disabled list with a sprained wrist.
Last week, when the Giants lost Melky Cabrera to suspension and needed to add an outfielder, they had two options in Fresno: 1, Justin Christian; 2, Francisco Peguero.
Well all knew what we were getting from Christian, which wasn’t much.
In the four games since his most recent call-up, Christian saw his big-league average go from .158 to .125.
Now, we get our first look to see what Peguero, a top prospect in the Giants’ farm system can do.
So here are 10 things you should know about Francisco Peguero.
- NO. 1: Peguero is a 24-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic. He is 5-11, 195 pounds who bats and throws right-handed.
- NO. 2: He was signed by the Giants at age 18 and has spent the past seven seasons in their farm system — 2006-07 in the Dominican summer league, 2008-09 between Class A Salem-Keizer and Class A Augusta, 2010 in Class A San Jose, 2011 between San Jose and Double-A Richmond, and 2012 with Triple-A Fresno.
- NO. 3: He’s rated as the Giants No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com, behind OF Gary Brown and ahead of RP Heath Hembree.
- NO. 4: He’s a free-swinging, high-average, low-walk, low-power hitter. Just think of Pablo Sandoval, minus the power and 60 pounds.
- NO. 5: He has a cool first name for a Giants player.
- NO. 6: He’s a solid fielder who was rated with having the best outfield arm in the Giants’ organization after the 2011 season. He’s played 308 minor-league games in right field, 165 in center and one in left field.
- NO. 7: The Giants say he’ll platoon in left field with Gregor Blanco.
- NO. 8: He’s stolen 128 bases in seven minor league seasons. But knee problems have limited him to 12 steals in 2011 and only one in one attempt at Fresno this season.
- NO. 9: A career minor-league .305 hitter, he hit .329 in 2010 with Class A San Jose, .312 in 2011 with San Jose and Double-A Richmond and .272 with Triple-A Fresno.
- NO. 10: He got off to a very, very slow start at Fresno this season. But picked it up by hitting .336 in June and .326 in August. A lat injury limited him to 11 games in July. Just before being called up, he saw his 22-game hitting streak end on Wednesday.