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Hunter Pence | Outfielder | #8

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/13/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas-Arlington
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 2 (0) / HOU
Contract: view contract details
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Giants general manager Bobby Evans indicated Tuesday that Hunter Pence could be looking at a part-time role depending on what the club does this offseason.
"Our focus is center field, and we've got to do everything we can to upgrade the defense," said Evans. "If that moves Pence into more of a part-time role, we have to be prepared for that." The Giants have already committed to moving Denard Span to left field as they look for a defensive upgrade in center field. The club has been connected in rumors to Giancarlo Stanton, so it's not crazy to think Pence will be a part-time player for the final year of his contract in 2018. The 34-year-old posted a career-worst .701 OPS this season. Nov 14 - 9:08 PM
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Hunter Pence underwent a precautionary MRI on his back, which came back clean.

Pence missed a couple of games in September with what was termed as back spasms. Fortunately, it's nothing serious. Pence turns 35 next April and is coming off a career-low .701 OPS over 134 games this season. He's owed $18.5 million next year in the final season of his contract.
Oct 3 - 4:03 PM

Hunter Pence went 1-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs during Saturday's loss to the Padres.

He plated a run in the first inning with a fielder's choice groundout, then laced an RBI single in the seventh. It looked like those two runs would be enough to win the game until closer Sam Dyson blew it in the ninth inning. Pence has a .261 batting average with 13 home runs and 67 RBI in 133 games.
Sep 30 - 7:37 PM

Hunter Pence is getting the day off Wednesday.

Mac Williamson will start in right field and bat seventh versus Diamondbacks right-hander Braden Shipley. Pence has enjoyed a nice September but he's still slashing just .262/.317/.387 in 131 games overall.
Sep 27 - 1:49 PM

Hunter Pence finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI in Tuesday's game against the Rockies.

Pence is finishing up strong, going 11-for-21 (.524) with four multi-hit games over the past five outings to bump his average up from .248 to .260 just since Sept. 9. He has had a disappointing season, but he has been much better in August and September to make up for lost time.
Sep 20 - 4:00 AM

Hunter Pence (back) has returned to the Giants' starting lineup on Tuesday.

Pence will start in right field and hit leadoff versus Colorado after sitting out a couple games with back spasms. The veteran outfielder holds a disappointing .260/.314/.379 slash line in 457 at-bats this season.
Sep 19 - 6:24 PM

Hunter Pence (back) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Pence is dealing with back spasms and is considered questionable to return Sunday. The Giants have an off-day on Monday, so it could make sense to hold him out until Tuesday. Mac Williamson will cover right field duties on Saturday.
Sep 16 - 6:29 PM

Hunter Pence posted three singles with a run scored and an RBI across five at-bats on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Pence posted his second consecutive three-hit game to raise his average from .248 to .256 just since Sept. 9. Despite the solid hitting lately, he still has managed just four RBI over his past 21 outings.
Sep 13 - 2:54 AM

Hunter Pence went 3-for-5 with a go-ahead RBI single and two runs scored in Monday’s 8-6 victory over the Dodgers.

Well, technically Tuesday's victory. The game ended at 2:10 a.m. local time because of a pair of delays due to rain and lightning. It was a back-and-forth game, but Pence put the Giants ahead for good in the sixth. The veteran outfielder came into Monday’s action in a 1-for-22 skid. He’s sporting a career-low .678 OPS through 121 games this season. As for the Dodgers, they have now lost 11 in a row as their shocking slide continues.
Sep 12 - 7:35 AM

Hunter Pence is not in the Giants' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

It looks to be nothing more than a routine day of rest for the veteran outfielder. Carlos Moncrief is starting in right field and will bat seventh against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals on Saturday.
Sep 2 - 1:34 PM

Hunter Pence (hamstring) returned to the Giants' starting lineup on Friday.

Pence was scratched from Tuesday's game with tightness in his left hamstring and hadn't played since. He's starting in right field and batting second against Jerad Eickhoff and the Phillies on Friday.
Aug 25 - 6:35 PM

Hunter Pence (hamstring) is aiming to return to the Giants' lineup on Friday.

Pence was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Brewers due to tightness in his left hamstring, though he did draw a walk as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pence will also be on the bench for Wednesday's series finale, giving him a nice break leading into Thursday's scheduled team off day. San Francisco opens a three-game weekend set in Arizona on Friday night.
Aug 23 - 9:27 AM

Hunter Pence was scratched from the Giants' lineup Tuesday due to a tight left hamstring.

It's a day-to-day thing for now, but a DL stint can't be ruled out given Pence's recent history with hamstring injuries. Gorkys Hernandez will start in right field and bat eighth Tuesday versus Brewers right-hander Matt Garza. Kelby Tomlinson is hitting second.
Aug 22 - 9:33 PM

Hunter Pence is not in the Giants' lineup Sunday.

Pence has had a nice August, but he'll get some rest in this one. Carlos Moncrief is in right field.
Aug 20 - 1:33 PM

Hunter Pence homered and doubled as the Giants crushed the Phillies 10-2 on Friday.

It's alive! Pence is hitting .351 with four homers in 57 at-bats this month, raising his OPS from .637 to .699. It could be worth giving him another try in mixed leagues, though since he's in a bad lineup and he's not going to steal bases, his ceiling is pretty limited.
Aug 19 - 1:35 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Nick Hundley
1B1Brandon Belt
2Michael Morse
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
3Miguel Gomez
4Micah Johnson
SS1Brandon Crawford
3B1Ryder Jones
2Pablo Sandoval
LF1Austin Slater
2Jarrett Parker
3Orlando Calixte
4Mac Williamson
CF1Denard Span
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Hunter Pence
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Matt Moore
5Ty Blach
6Chris Stratton
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sam Dyson
2Mark Melancon
3Hunter Strickland
4Cory Gearrin
5Josh Osich
6Albert Suarez
7Kyle Crick
8Matt Cain
9Will Smith
10Steven Okert
11Derek Law
12Reyes Moronta
13Roberto Gomez
14Pierce Johnson