Adam Duvall | 3B, 25 yo, 6-1, 205, BR, TR | 2010 Draft – 11 | (AA) 105 G, 430 PA, .252/.320/.465, .785 OPS, 17 HR, 2 SB, 1 CS, 35 BB, 72 K | (VWL) 38 G, 145 PA, .297/.327/.490, .816 OPS, 7 HR, 6 BB, 35 K
Duvall has something extremely coveted by MLB teams today: right-handed power. He also has something that most MLB teams shy away from: terrible defense. He’s been moved along slowly, with above average offense and below average defense at every level. His 30-HR season in the Cal League really had a lot of people wondering whether he was a mirage, but I’d say a .785 OPS and 17 HR in Richmond put an end to that talk pretty fast. Really, those numbers could have looked even better without an injury that cost him most of April and May. The Giants must believe in his abilities, because they placed him on the 40-man this offseason to protect him from the Rule 5. His season in Richmond was very impressive, and he followed it up with another 7 HR in the Venezuelan Winter League, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at. The Giants don’t have much of a backup plan at 3B if Pablo bolts next winter, but is Duvall’s defense something the front office will really put its faith in? I don’t know about that, but I do believe his power production will eventually force some hands.
They said it: “Duvall’s placement in the farm system at the start of 2014 will be an interesting subject throughout spring training…Duvall has never been a high-average player and continued power production from the third baseman will be necessary if he’s to debut in San Francisco in 2014.” ~ Joe Ritzo
(Kyle Terada/USA Today)