30-Year-Old Third Baseman – San Francisco Giants
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Conor Gillaspie in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Conor Gillaspie Contract Information:
Agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Giants in January of 2017, avoiding arbitration.
Gillaspie cleared waivers Sunday and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Conor Gillaspie: MLB Games Played By Position
Conor Gillaspie: Minor League Games Played By Position
Conor Gillaspie Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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San Francisco Giants Roster
MajorsBelt, Brandon (1B)
AAAnderson, Shaun (P)
A+Adon, Melvin (P)
ACave, Garrett (P)
RookieBart, Joey (C)
Conor Gillaspie: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Conor Gillaspie.
Gillaspie's 2016 campaign will likely be remembered for the offseason heroics he produced during the Giants' postseason run. His regular season came with far less fanfare, as he finished with modest numbers over 205 plate appearances. Gillaspie was mainly used as a pinch-hitter, but he did get some run as a starter when Matt Duffy was injured and ultimately traded. While his numbers don't jump off the page, the veteran third baseman did alter his approach at the plate which led to a significant improvement over his poor 2015 totals. The biggest change can be seen in his swing. Gillaspie stopped trying to pull the ball, dropping his pull rate from 46.9 percent in 2015 to 37.2 percent last season. The alteration led to a more even batted-ball distribution, more hits and a 10.3 percent increase in hard contact. Gillaspie's new approach at the plate could land him a spot on the major league roster out of camp.
Gillaspie surprisingly won a piece of the White Sox's starting third base job out of camp. Even more surprisingly, he led team with a .326 batting average at the All-Star break. That average tumbled to around .280 by the end of the year, but he showed a more disciplined approach at the plate, choosing to forego power and instead just put the ball in play. He should enter camp as the favorite for the third base job, but will have to fend off some of the younger players coming through the system.
Gillaspie parlayed a strong spring training into the White Sox's backup third-base gig. This turned into a more significant role once Jeff Keppinger shifted to other parts of the infield and then struggled at the plate. Gillaspie had a reputation as a contact hitter coming up through the Giants' organization, but he hit a surprising 13 home runs in his first season in Chicago. However, it should be noted that 12 of those home runs came against right-handed pitchers, and he hit a measly .159 against lefties. He could be squeezed from the roster come Opening Day if the Sox decide to give Marcus Semien a shot, but the White Sox would be best served limiting his exposure to southpaws given the strong splits he returned last season.
Gillaspie spent most of 2012 season in Triple-A where he hit .281/.345/.441 with 14 home runs, and appeared in six games with the Giants in May. He has shown a strong ability to make contact during his minor league career (13.2 percent strikeout rate), but his defense is below average. Additionally, Gillaspie's power does not project well at the position considering his .160 ISO at Triple-A was a career best. There is not a consistent place for him to play in San Francisco, but there might be a spot on the bench for him in 2013.
Gillaspie saw brief action with the Giants in September last year, his first since 2008 (the same year he was drafted). He’s totaled just 24 at-bats in the majors, and his career line of .288/.361/.453 in the minors is OK but certainly doesn’t project for him to be an everyday player in the bigs, although he has improved every year since being drafted. Entering his age-25 season, this will be something of a make-or-break campaign for Gillaspie, who right now doesn’t look like a major league option.
Gillaspie moved to Double-A last year, posting a .287/.335/.420 line over 491 at-bats. While no one expected him to hit many homers at the big league level, Gillaspie's modest average and lack of doubles have been a disappointment, as the former early-round draft pick has failed to impress. He's nowhere near contributing at San Francisco even after showing a little bit of pop in the hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League.
The 37th pick in the 2008 draft made the fastest ascent to the majors in franchise history last year. The promotion was premature, since Gillaspie hit only .269 with zero homers and 15 RBI in 24 games for the Giants' rookie-level and Short-A affiliates. He doesn’t have a ton of power, but he’s a good gap hitter who should fit in well in spacious AT&T Park. He’ll need another year of seasoning in the minors, but Gillaspie is clearly the organization’s future at third base. He should be starting by 2010.