Another consideration for not going after pricey LF free agents is that we'll have 3 OFs in AAA that all have varying shots at becoming a decent major leaguer. None are close to being ready enough where the LF job can be handed to them, but that could change during the season or by spring training 2014. In that event, you don't want to tie up more payroll dollars in that position when you might have the solution sitting right there in Fresno.
- Gary Brown, their top positional player should be able to crush PCL pitching and I wouldn't be shocked to see him sometime in 2013
- Frankie Pegs is a raw kid with a lot of tools/talent who might even make the opening day roster as a reserve
- Roger Kieschnick is a wild card who's battled injuries but when healthy (which hasn't been often enough), has put up really good numbers at every stop
None of these kids project out as stars, but if anything, this team has proven that you don't need a star out in LF to win championships. Nor do you need a pricey free agent. Just solid defense, a few clutch hits here and there and you're good to go. Go ask Pat Burrell, Cody Ross, Gregor Blanco, Xavier Nady, Justin Christiansen, Brett Pill and now (or again) Andres Torres.