Could This Be A Breakout Year For Hunter Pence?
I know Hunter Pence had a tremendous year in 2013, but I think he was just scratching the surface.Pence stormed into free agency with a massive September, hitting 11 home runs and 32 RBI while picking up the Player of the Month honours. His superb year reaped reward, he was awarded a 5-year-$90-million deal by the San Francisco Giants before even entering the free agent market, the unorthodox right fielder heads into the new season with high hopes, and rightly so.
Although his September was particularly impressive, his all round 2013 performance was one to remember. In his first full season as a Giant, he compiled a career year with 29 home runs, 99 RBI, 22 stolen bases and a .283/.339/.483 slash line, leading the Giants in all key offensive statistics. With the security of a five year deal in San Francisco where he is adored by the fans, I can see these numbers only going one way, up.
As the Bay Bombers look to bounce back from a miserable season, in which they finished third in the National League West one year removed from a World Series winning year, Hunter Pence will aim to once more lead them, however, this time he will aim to bring them into the post-season, and to regain the crown they lost to the Boston Red Sox.
It certainly won’t be easy, but if Buster Posey can return to his MVP form, Pablo Sandoval can stay on top of his weight, Brandon Belt can finally have the breakout year he has been forecasted to for years, the Giants could be a dangerous outfit. Although 2013 could be regarded as a breakout year for Pence, I think Pence has still much more to give. I’ll be bold; I think he will make the All Star team, he will hit 35 home runs with over 100 RBI, he will steal another 20 bags and talk his way into MVP contention, all the while winning a World Series ring, now that would truly be a breakout year.