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Giants “letting teams know Nate Schierholtz is available”

Apr 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT


According to Jerry Crasnick of the Giants are “letting teams know Nate Schierholtz is available.”

Crasnick writes that Schierholtz “could be the odd man out” once Andres Torres returns from the disabled list and the Giants’ outfield situation will get even more crowded once they deem Brandon Belt ready to return from a demotion to Triple-A.

However, it’s tough to see Schierholtz having much trade value. At age 27 he’s never gotten more than 308 plate appearances in a season and is a career .268 hitter with a .311 on-base percentage and .399 slugging percentage.

At best he might be useful as a platoon starter who sits versus left-handed pitching, but with just 10 homers in 730 at-bats and a terrible 129/41 K/BB ratio Schierholtz lacks the power or plate discipline to be a productive regular in an outfield corner.

  1. manute - Apr 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    In the spirit of this announcement, I hereby declare to January Jones that I am available.

  2. fat4jc - Apr 26, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Schierholtz would be a good pick up for just about any team. He has an absolute cannon and sure the offensive numbers aren’t sexy, but he’d be a great platoon guy, just like Aaron said.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 26, 2011 at 1:44 PM

      Why do we use words like ‘sexy’ and ‘stud’ to describe players? I’ve no problem with anyone who wants to go to town on Nate, but let’s stick to stats when talking about their careers.

  3. jkcalhoun - Apr 26, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Nate’s platoon splits are not what you might assume. Have a look.

    • micker716 - Apr 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM

      Clicking on links is waaay too much work. I want my information spoon-fed in 3 to 4 paragraphs preferably with a picture.

      • jkcalhoun - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:05 AM

        3-4 paragraphs? That’s way too much work. How about a picture of an inverted split?

  4. chemjobs - Apr 26, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    He was an absolute masher in the Minors (.308/.355/.516), I think he just needs a patient team to give him an every-day job. He’s never had more than 300 at-bats in a season, I’d love to see what he could do with some consistent playing time.

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