The Giants hope that 36-year old righty swinging shortstop Miguel Tejada still has something left in the gas tank because they are depending on him. Tejada played in 156 games for the Orioles & Padres last season in which he was 171 of 636 (.269 avg, .692 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 15 homers, 71 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He is not the same hitter he was before the Mitchell Report came out, so don’t expect him to hit over .300 with 30+ bombs in 2011. The numbers he had last season is probably his likely ceiling this year for the Giants. Tejada only played in 58 games at SS last season and he made 3 errors while showing slightly below average range.
26-year old switch hitting Emmanuel Burriss will likely be Tejada’s backup at SS this year. He played in 7 games for the Giants last season and he was 2 for 5 (.400 avg, .800 OPS) with 3 runs scored. Burriss also played in 72 games in A+AAA-ball last year in which he was 80 of 287 (.279 avg, .664 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 0 homers, 23 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE GIANTS SHORTSTOPS IN 2011: C+