Mac Williamson returns to San Francisco…again
Since the Giants left the Queen City on Monday, roster changes have been aplenty. Catcher Buster Posey and left-handed starter Drew Pomeranz have both been added to the IL. Earlier this week the club activated southpaw Derek Holland and designated infielder Yangervis Solarte and reliever Pat Vindette for assignment.
New additions to the Giants roster also include catcher/ first baseman Aramis Garcia and outfielder Mac Williamson. The 26-year-old Garcia had a cup of coffee last year with the Giants and made quite an impression.
In 63 at-bats, the right-handed hitting slugger hit 4 home runs and drove in 9 runs. However, the former second round draft pick is prone to swinging and missing. This year at Triple-A Sacramento, Garcia whiffed an astounding 36 times in 83 at-bats.
Mac Williamson, the 28-year-old outfielder, has spent parts of the past 4 seasons in black and orange. The former third round pick out of Wake Forest has always displayed impressive power. Entering the 2019 season, Williamson has 13 homers in only 310 at-bats with the Giants. In his minor league career, Williamson has hit as many as 25 round trippers in a season.
More than anything else, Mac Williamson is an easy guy to root for. He began the 2018 season as the Giants starting left fielder until suffering a concussion during the first month of season. Unfortunately, lingering symptoms from the concussion sidelined him for much of the season.
Fast forward to Spring Training 2019 and Williamson’s misfortune turned to his play on the field. In 59 at-bats, Williamson slashed a disappointing .237/.286/.322. Following the acquisition of Matt Joyce late in the spring, the Giants deemed Williamson expendable and designated him for assignment.
After clearing waivers, Willamson reported to the Giants Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento and put on a power-hitting clinic. Playing in 23 games he crushed 9 homers and knocked in 22 runners. Add a slash line of .378/.459/.756 and it’s easy to see why he’s back in the Bay Area.