Giants likely to fill Hunter Pence void with in-house candidates

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The Giants are expected to be without outfielder Hunter Pence for six to eight weeks after his arm was broken by a Corey Black fastball in Thursday’s spring exhibition against the Cubs. Pence has some awfully large shoes to fill, but the Giants are planning to do so with existing in-house candidates, per ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

Gregor Blanco figures to be a heavy favorite to grab at-bats in Pence’s place. Blanco, 31, posted a career-best 103 adjusted OPS (also known as OPS+) with 16 stolen bases in 444 plate appearances last season. As roughly half of Pence’s missing time would consume the remainder of spring training exhibition games, Blanco’s playing time would only be increased through the month of April.

Pence was coming off of another productive campaign for the Giants, batting .277 with 20 home runs, 74 RBI, and 13 stolen bases in 708 plate appearances.