To call this season a disaster for San Francisco is being too kind.
|Giants Midseason Top 10|
|1. Chris Shaw, 1B/OF|
|2. Christian Arroyo, SS/3B|
|3. Tyler Beede, RHP|
|4. Heliot Ramos, OF|
|5. Bryan Reynolds, OF|
|6. Andrew Suarez, LHP|
|7. Steven Duggar, OF|
|8. Austin Slater, OF|
|9. Aramis Garcia, C/1B|
|10. Sandro Fabian, OF|
On pace to post the worst winning percentage since the team moved to San Francisco, this year's Giants amazingly trail the Padres in the National League West, meaning they are behind a team with three Rule 5 picks on the roster, less than half as much payroll and entered the year in a full rebuild.
A team that has won three World Series and made four playoff appearances in the past seven seasons has fallen off a cliff. Yes, losing Madison Bumgarner because of a dirt bike accident hurt, but the rest of what should have been a stout rotation has also struggled.
And the lineup has been no better. Buster Posey remains great, but many other Giants' stalwarts such World Baseball Classic hero Brandon Crawford, Hunter Pence and Joe Panik are having subpar seasons. And while the rest of the league is hitting home runs at record rates, the Giants' lineup has been powerless. Posey and Brandon Belt are the only Giants on pace to reach 20 home runs.
Where the Giants go from here isn't exactly clear. The combination of Posey, Brandon Belt, Crawford and Panik are all under contract through 2020 and beyond, so the Giants have a core group locked up.
But the Giants haven't broken in a young position player in a couple of years now and with Pence, Eduardo Nunez and Denard Span nearing the end of their productive tenures, San Francisco needs to get some youthful reinforcements. Chris Shaw, Christian Arroyo and Austin Slater gives the team some possibilities. San Francisco also has a number of pitchers in the upper levels of the minors who could end up being back-end rotation options, but few with impact potential.