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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Francisco Peguero Up, Christian to DL

That catch Justin Christian made Wednesday night in LA was about as good as they get, but it will be costing the Giants outfielder at least the next 15 days to recover from.

The Giants made a roster move prior to Thursday's game with the Braves, sending Christian to the 15-day DL with a sprained wrist and calling up Francisco Peguero from the Fresno Grizzlies to take his spot. Andrew Baggarly ranked the solid-hitting outfielder 5th among Giants prospects heading into the 2011 season after Peguero hit a combined .337 the previous three seasons with A San Jose and AA Richmond. This year though, the 24 year-old has taken a step back, and is hitting just .272 with a .691 OPS. He does have 68 RBI and has 10 triples on the season, but the one stat that is really disappointing for him is the 1 in the stolen base column. For a guy who had 40 steals in 2010, that's a major drop off right there, and as far as I know, there's nothing limiting him physically. So, on one hand there's the great production he showed pre-2012 with a 2010 Futures game appearance, but on the other hand, you have the guy who's largely disappointed in Fresno this year (sans the RBI total).

I've always liked Peguero, and I too ranked him inside the top-10 in our annual prospect ranking as well. I also don't mind him getting a shot in this situation. Christian was simply not getting the job done at the plate and I don't think Peguero can fair any worse. He's a good defender, and if he can hit for some average and display some of that speed we know he has, he very well could become the Giants regular left fielder. It may not be an answer in the long run, but at least it's an attempt.
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    Peguero was good with San Jose. Saw him play many of time down there. Don't really get why his average is so low but maybe he turns it on with the Giants.

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