Francisco Peguero is enjoying a breakout spring training, enough to put him on the Giants' radar for years to come.
However, there is simply no place for the 24-year-old outfielder.
The spot Peguero is fighting for is a place in the left field rotation, which already includes returning starter Gregor Blanco and former Giant Andres Torres. In addition to the presumed platoon-mates, the Giants need another outfielder to come off the bench to pinch-hit and play the field in later innings.
Despite Peguero's impressive spring training, this role is better suited for the more veteran Cole Gillespie. Both players have done well this spring:
Peguero: .385/.400/.513 in 40 plate appearances
Gillespie: .306/.390/.472 in 41 plate appearances
Via Chris Haft of MLB.com:
"Brett Pill's knee injury left this pair to compete for the backup outfield vacancy. Peguero (.385 batting average, five strikeouts in 39 at-bats, .913 OPS) clearly has outplayed Gillespie (.306 average, 10 strikeouts in 36 at-bats, .862 OPS). But the Giants' braintrust might decide that Peguero, 24, needs to play every day at Triple-A while Gillespie, 28, is more suited for pinch-hitting and reserve duty."
This spot is still very much up for grabs, but I give the slight edge to Gillespie. Either way, both players deserve a spot on the Opening Day roster.