32-Year-Old Outfielder – San Francisco Giants
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
If memes are a solar system, Pence is the sun. It would hardly be surprising if Pence ate his pizza with a fork, preferred baths to showers or hated bacon. There is nothing typical about the way he pl...
Hunter Pence Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Giants on a five-year, $90 million contract in September 2013.
Pence remains sidelined due to his injured oblique.
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|2011 (Multiple Teams)||28||MAJ||HOU/PHI||154||668||606||84||190||65||38||5||22||97||8||2||56||124||0||5||1||.314||.370||.502||.871|
|2012 (Multiple Teams)||29||MAJ||PHI/SF||160||688||617||87||156||54||26||4||24||104||5||2||56||145||1||7||7||.253||.319||.425||.743|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2015 projections for Hunter Pence||3-Year Averages||161||693||632||94||171||59||30||6||23||92||13||3||53||130||0||4||4||.271||.329||.446||.775|
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Hunter Pence: MLB Games Played By Position
Hunter Pence Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|2011 (Multiple Teams)||28||MAJ||HOU/PHI||668||606||8.4%||18.6%||0.45||80%||.365||.188|
|2012 (Multiple Teams)||29||MAJ||PHI/SF||688||617||8.1%||21.1%||0.39||76%||.295||.172|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2015 projections for Hunter Pence||3-Year Averages||693||632||7.6%||18.8%||0.41||79%||.309||.175|
2015 Stat Review for Hunter Pence As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2014 (min 400 PA)
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San Francisco Giants Roster
MajorsAdrianza, Ehire (SS)
AAABlanks, Kyle (1B)
AABeede, Tyler (P)
A+Agosta, Martin (P)
RookieBickford, Phil (P)
Hunter Pence: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Pence truly had a sensational year in 2013 after it seemed that his career was trending downwards in 2012. He hit .283/.339/.483 with 27 homers, 99 RBI and a solid 133 wRC+ while starting all 162 game for the Giants. The biggest surprise was Pence's newfound speed, as he stole more than 20 bases for the first time in his career. And it wasn't just a case of Pence taking off more often, as he was caught stealing just three times, leading to the best success rate (88.0%) of his career. Pence announced in spring training that he would be more active on the basepaths in 2013 and he stuck to his word. Now that Pence is once again a threat on the basepaths, the rest of the league may start paying more attention to him next season. Otherwise, there is nothing in Pence's underlying numbers that indicate he can't repeat his offensive statistics in 2014.
Despite hitting 24 home runs, 2012 was Pence's worst season to date in terms of his wOBA (.323) and wRC+ (102). His batting average dropped due to an expected regression in his BABIP from .368 in 2011 to .290 and a career-worst strikeout rate (21.4 percent). His 12.9 percent swinging-strike rate indicates that strikeouts could be a problem in 2013. Pence's HR/FB rate dropped to a career worst 11.5 percent with his move to AT&T Park, so it's not a given he'll continue to post 20 or more home runs.
The Phillies acquired Pence from the Astros prior to the trade deadline last season in order to bring some balance to their lineup. Pence proved to be a solid addition hitting .324 with 11 home runs while in a Phillies uniform. The former top prospect has settled in as a nice major league player with his mid-20s home-run power and double-digit stolen base numbers. Those numbers are likely to hold steady, but the batting average might be in for a correction as Pence's .370 BABIP last season is much higher than his career .321 rate. Pence had surgery for a hernia in the offseason but the procedure is considered minor and he will be ready for spring training.
Like many of his teammates, Pence got off to a miserable start last season, but he recovered enough to put up numbers pretty similar to his 2009 line. The one slightly worrisome development was the regression in his walk rate, dropping to 2008 levels and giving up all of the gains he made in 2009. Pence is streaky, so if you draft him, expect your share of up and down months. Whether he will recapture the plate discipline and take his game to the next level remains to be seen, but for now Pence is the answer to one of the Astros' questions in the outfield.
It was a streaky season for the young outfielder, whose season batting average fell from .358 at the end of May to .278 at the end of August. He redeemed himself with a torrid September, salvaging what was beginning to look like a disappointing season. The good news for Pence was that he showed greatly improved discipline at the plate all year, cutting his strikeouts down by nearly 15 percent and matching his walk total from 2008 by the end of July. His midseason slump should give you pause, but there's still upside here as he enters his prime.
After bursting onto the scene as a rookie in May 2007, big things were expected out of Pence last season. He suffered the mother of sophomore slumps in the first half, especially in April when he hit .260 with just one home run. However, he rebounded nicely, especially in the power department, and ended up hitting .269 with 25 homers and 83 RBI. He also stole 11 bases, but was caught 10 times. Pence's breakneck style in the outfield a la Eric Byrnes makes him a fan favorite, and we expect a nice bounce back this year. Last year's early season struggles may allow you to get him at a discounted rate in 2009, something a prepared owner should be ready to take advantage of.
Pence was widely considered the Astros' best prospect entering the 2007 season, and his eventual callup to the majors was just a matter of time. With Chris Burke struggling to make the transition to center field, Pence was promoted at the end of April after a strong first month at Triple-A Round Rock. He had a fantastic rookie season, hitting .322 with 17 homers, 30 doubles, nine triples and 11 steals in 456 at-bats. He came in third in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki. He was shifted to right field toward the end of the season, and with Houston's acquisition of Michael Bourn, he will stay there for the foreseeable future.
Pence hit .283/.357/.533 with 28 homers, 31 doubles, 95 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 21 chances at Double-A Corpus Christi in 2006. He moves great considering his 6'4'', 220 pound frame, and has good instincts in the outfield. He has plus power to all fields, and has a natural uppercut swing, a la Jim Edmonds. His range is limited for center, and he doesn't have the arm to play right, so his future is likely in left field. He'll start the year at Triple-A Round Rock, and should make his major league debut sometime during the season.
Scouts don't like Pence, describing him as awkward, but the guy has hit since the day he was drafted. He could stand to be challenged, something he should get at Double-A this year. He'll have to hit, as he won't have the range for center field at higher levels. No in-between here: he'll either be headed for the majors or buried by this time next year.