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Ehire Adrianza is not ready for the major leagues.
Ehire Adrianza has proven that he belongs in the minor leagues. The only thing keeping him in the majors is that he is out of minor league options, and the Giants do not want to risk losing him to a waiver claim.
In 30 at-bats, Adrianza has just six hits and is batting only .200. However, two or three of those hits were bloops that were hit very poorly and just dropped in. A more telling statistic is that Adrianza's OBP is just .219, and his OPS is a meager .485.
In his last game, a tight 2-1 loss to the Pirates, Adrianza collected one of his rare hits but was promptly picked off first base. This was a tremendously poor play, as the pitcher was at the plate and was going to bunt to try and sacrifice him to second base.
There was no need for Adrianza to take such a big lead, as he wasn't going to be stealing in that situation. A bad, rookie mistake.
Then, with the score tied 1-1 in the ninth inning, Starling Marte blasted a ball high off the wall in right field. The ricochet bounded past Hunter Pence, who retrieved it and threw to Adrianza.
Marte was in easily with a triple. It was at this moment that Adrianza made another bad mistake. He had no chance to get Marte at third, but threw the ball anyway. The throw was wild and got by Pablo Sandoval.
Marte jumped to his feet and raced home to narrowly beat Sandoval's throw to catcher Buster Posey. In fact, the umpire originally called Marte out at the plate, but a replay review confirmed that Marte was safe. The call was overturned and the Pirates won.
With two outs and no chance to get the runner, Adrianza should not have made the throw. These are two boneheaded mistakes that cannot happen at the big league level.
Adrianza's career batting average is only .248. In 2013, he hit only .266. Manager Bruce Bochy rarely uses Adrianza, and when he does it is typically as a pinch runner, defensive replacement or pinch hitter in a non-critical situation.
At this point, Adrianza is wasting a valuable roster spot. With only five reserve position players, Adrianza's presence is not adding value to the team. In reality, the fact that Bochy has little confidence in him actually handcuffs the Giants manager.
The Giants need to take the risk that they could lose Adrianza, because he is not ready to be in the major leagues. If another team claims him before the Giants can send him to Fresno, so be it.