Mac Williamson started the year in the minors, slashing .269/.314/.495 in 54 games with Triple-A Sacramento. He was promoted to the majors a few times throughout the season, but he received the majority of his playing time in right field after Hunter Pence landed on the disabled list in June. Over that period of time, Williamson proved to be the type of player many had him pegged as; a powerful hitter who strikes out a lot. A 10.8 percent walk rate helped offset his high strikeout rate (27.6 percent), and his .188 isolated power rating was above the league average. He undoubtedly has the ability to hit 25-plus homers over the course of a full season, but he will need to cut down on his whiffs if he wants to get an everyday role in the majors, especially for a Giants team that has a station-to-station offensive approach. Even though there may be an opening in left field if the team doesn't bring Angel Pagan back, Williamson will likely serve as a fourth or fifth outfielder to begin the 2017 campaign.
Williamson (quadriceps) will be out for multiple weeks, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports. No exact timetable was established, but it appears that Williamson is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day. The injury certainly damages his chances of winning the starting left field spot on the major league roster. Barring a late acquisition, Jarrett Parker would seem to have won the job by default to begin the season.
Williamson (quadriceps) was held out of action this weekend after his quad tightened up, CSN Bay Area reports. The injury isn't considered serious, and the slugging outfielder was able to participate in batting practice Sunday. The timing of the injury is concerning for Williamson, as any loss in playing time sets him back in the competition for the Giants' starting left field job. Jarrett Parker (.316, four homers and 12 RBI) is still the favorite to win the job out of camp, which could land Williamson in the minors to start the season.
Williamson went 1-for-4 with his second Cactus League home run in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers. Williamson is beginning to heat up, smacking homers in back-to-back starts. He has now tied his main competition for the Giants' left field job, Jarrett Parker, in spring training home runs. Williamson is still considered a slight underdog because he does have a minor league option available, but if he starts outhitting Parker this spring, it would be presumably hard to deny him the opportunity to start in left field to open the year.
Williamson hit his first Cactus League home run Sunday. The solo shot was his only hit in three plate appearances against the Royals. Williamson is currently competing with Jarrett Parker for the starting left field job on Opening Day. Both power threats have alternated starts during Cactus League action, and neither has shown himself to be superior so far; Parker has the early edge in homers (two to one), while Williamson has the better batting average (.294 to .250). The latter will have to stand out to earn the job because he still has a minor league option, whereas Parker does not. Whoever wins the starting job will have a shot at hitting 20-plus homers over the course of the season, but both players could end up being drags on batting average.
Williamson will compete with Jarrett Parker this spring for the starting left field job, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Williamson spent most of his time with the big club last year as a reserve outfielder, batting .223 with a high strikeout rate (27.6 K%) and above-average power (.188 isolated power). Both he and Parker profile similarly as free-swinging power hitters, their main difference being the side of the plate they bat from. There is one off-the-field difference that could play a role in who wins the Opening Day job, and that is both players' minor league options. Parker is out of options and Williamson still has some one remaining. That would only come into play if both outfielders perform similarly this spring. Manager Bruce Bochy did mention that he does not want to platoon two relatively inexperienced players, so this seems like an "either-or" scenario.