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The Nate Schierholtz Evolution

June 2, 2011

Before Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval (but after Todd Linden) the Giants had a 24-year-old outfielder who posted a .320/.363/.594 slash line for AAA Fresno. The following year, that outfielder was in the big leagues but was inexplicably blocked by the shell of Randy Winn. The following year, right field was his job to lose — and he did lose it, to John Bowker. Then he got it back, hit a little, hurt his shoulder and the Giants won the World Series, which made his story a tad inconsequential.

And yet here Nate Schierholtz is, suddenly seeming very, very important again. As the Giants search desperately for someone (or a combination of someones) to fill the Buster Posey-shaped hole in their heart, a guy who knocks in the tying and go-ahead runs in an uplifting extra-inning win simply can’t be ignored. Yes, it’s one game. Yes, there are legitimate questions about Nate’s power and plate discipline. But it’s impossible not to gaze at those 2008 MiLB stats and dream just a little. Add a healthy dollop of stellar defense and an arm that makes angels weep and he looks less like a fifth outfielder/afterthought and more like a potential difference maker.

Wishful thinking? Sure. Homegrown-player fanboyism? Probably. But I’ve got a gif of Posey’s shattered ankle playing on a loop in my brain; anything that gets my hope-y senses tingling is worth considering. For three years, Nate the Great has been Nate the Wait. Maybe the wait is over.

One Comment leave one →
  1. bainer permalink
    June 3, 2011 6:42 am

    Angels wept, as did A’s:

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