Cove Chatter 100: #20

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

Duvall San Jose:

Duvall Richmond:


(Kyle Terada/USA Today)


10 thoughts on “Cove Chatter 100: #20”

  1. He’s been a prove it guy every level. I remember wanting to know more about the pitching he was facing in Augusta as he did his thing there. The power has stayed. And he would have had better numbers most likely in the Eastern without a really bad luck injury at a bad time, something that’s just unfortunate. I saw him in ST and he looked like a pretty solid guy, nice MLB body, working on his fielding. If he can come out of the sleep intact that would give the Giants some cover with their Sandoval situation. That’s big shoes to fill though.

      1. Yes, a lot of the issue is with his arm accuracy. Throwing errors. He’s gone from 27 in 294 chances in Augusta to 29 in 352 chances in SJ to 18 in 260 in Richmond. Slight uptick in FP to .931, but still below-average. I would say his range isn’t special at all either, but at 3B it doesn’t need to be. You’re aiming for average at best fielding and its below that right now.

  2. How bad can the D be? Stone hands? No range? Poor throwing? All of the above?

    I’d read a report paraphrasing a scout who said the bat is big league.

    Sandoval is looking pretty svelte in the pictures that are being sent stateside. Maybe Adam Duvall won’t matter because Sandoval is going to go off in his contract year and get the big extension.

    1. I’ll be honest, I really have no idea where the issues lie with his defense. But 82 errors in 4 seasons is a bit much, so something has to be lacking. I think his offensive performance in AA proved a lot about the bat. If he can continue to work on the D, that bat could be an asset… even in a bench role.

      1. From what I’ve read they know exactly what the problem is with is throwing. He gets under his throws and they sail right on over the head of the first baseman! They have tried a variety of drills and mechanical adjustments to this throws. It seems to have helped some, but not eradicated the problem.

      2. Thanks for the information. That’s interesting stuff. Wonder if they’d give him a look in LF. It will be crowded out there in Fresno, but a change might be in order if his bat continues to play at the higher levels.

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