As the saying goes, better late than never. Or in this case, better late than in September.
On Thursday, the Giants promoted outfielder Francisco Peguero from Triple-A Fresno to replace Justin Christian, who was placed on the disabled list with a sprained wrist.
Last week, when the Giants lost Melky Cabrera to suspension and needed to add an outfielder, they had two options in Fresno: 1, Justin Christian; 2, Francisco Peguero.
Well all knew what we were getting from Christian, which wasn’t much.
In the four games since his most recent call-up, Christian saw his big-league average go from .158 to .125.
Now, we get our first look to see what Peguero, a top prospect in the Giants’ farm system can do.
So here are 10 things you should know about Francisco Peguero.
- NO. 1: Peguero is a 24-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic. He is 5-11, 195 pounds who bats and throws right-handed.
- NO. 2: He was signed by the Giants at age 18 and has spent the past seven seasons in their farm system — 2006-07 in the Dominican summer league, 2008-09 between Class A Salem-Keizer and Class A Augusta, 2010 in Class A San Jose, 2011 between San Jose and Double-A Richmond, and 2012 with Triple-A Fresno.
- NO. 3: He’s rated as the Giants No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com, behind OF Gary Brown and ahead of RP Heath Hembree.
- NO. 4: He’s a free-swinging, high-average, low-walk, low-power hitter. Just think of Pablo Sandoval, minus the power and 60 pounds.
- NO. 5: He has a cool first name for a Giants player.
- NO. 6: He’s a solid fielder who was rated with having the best outfield arm in the Giants’ organization after the 2011 season. He’s played 308 minor-league games in right field, 165 in center and one in left field.
- NO. 7: The Giants say he’ll platoon in left field with Gregor Blanco.
- NO. 8: He’s stolen 128 bases in seven minor league seasons. But knee problems have limited him to 12 steals in 2011 and only one in one attempt at Fresno this season.
- NO. 9: A career minor-league .305 hitter, he hit .329 in 2010 with Class A San Jose, .312 in 2011 with San Jose and Double-A Richmond and .272 with Triple-A Fresno.
- NO. 10: He got off to a very, very slow start at Fresno this season. But picked it up by hitting .336 in June and .326 in August. A lat injury limited him to 11 games in July. Just before being called up, he saw his 22-game hitting streak end on Wednesday.