Hector Sanchez celebrates his Grand Slam to help the Giants defeat the Rockies.
When the Giants broke spring training, it looked like their bench would be a lot stronger than it was in 2013.
Through the first 22 games, however, the production from the Giants reserves has not measured up.
Hector Sanchez, the Giants backup catcher, has delivered with two game-winning hits. Most recently, Sanchez hit two home runs in the Giants' 12-10 win against Colorado. In the 11th inning, Sanchez's Grand Slam propelled the Giants to the win.
Even with the recent heroics, Sanchez is still hitting just .161 with an OBP of .206. He does lead the Giants reserves with eight RBI, five of which came in the Giants' most recent win.
The other bench players have not hit at all, and the Giants will need much more production out of them.
Fourth outfielder Gregor Blanco is hitting only .103 with an OBP of .235. Blanco has just one RBI in 35 plate appearances.
The Giants' top utility infielder Joaquin Arias is hitting a meager .143 with an OBP of .211. He has only one RBI in 38 plate appearances.
Arias, along with Blanco, are two of the Giants' main pinch hitters, so their poor performance at the plate is putting a crimp in the Giants offense.
Juan Perez, the Giants' fifth outfielder, is primarily called upon as a late-inning defensive replacement. The sample size on him is very small, but in nine at-bats, Perez has yet to record his first hit of 2014.
Shortstop Ehire Adrianza would be best served playing at the Triple-A level. He is a good defensive player, but he needs substantial improvement at the plate.
In 25 at-bats, Adrianza has four hits and is hitting .160 with an OBP of .192. Even this is misleading because two of Adrianza's hits were weak, looping pop-ups that just fell in front of the outfielders.
Adrianza's last two seasons in the minors were also nothing special offensively. In 2012, while playing at the Giants' Double-A affiliate in Richmond, Adrianza hit a paltry .220 with an OPS of .599.
In 2013, Adrianza split time between Richmond and Fresno. His average was a combined .266, although he improved his OPS to a respectable .720.
The only thing keeping Adrianza in the big leagues is the fact that he is out of minor league options. The Giants do not want to risk losing him, as they would need to expose him to waivers, if they want to send him down to Fresno.
At some point, if Adrianza is unable to contribute offensively, the Giants must take that risk.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy is a master of utilizing his entire roster, but he must get more production out of his bench players.