Los Angeles – It would have been a magical moment for any novice hitter.
David Villar took his best swing on the slider over the board. He put enough charge into a baseball that cleared the fence on the right field. He then made a series of left-hand turns on the base lanes while Clayton Kershaw extended his left arm and called for a new ball.
There is a difference between appearing in the major leagues and getting there. Playing at home against Kershaw at Dodger Stadium will not earn you six years of guaranteed service time. But you have to get to your mind before you get to the minds of others. And there’s nothing that boosts Homer more than a future Hall of Fame hit.
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– SF Giants on NBCS (NBCSGiants) 7 September 2022
It doesn’t hurt when you stop a second corner against the Dodgers Bullpen either.
The Giants lost 7-3 on Wednesday and fell two of three at Dodger Stadium, but they gained something in the process. The Afternoon two-person Villar series and three-person series offered hope that they might have a local flexible solution to one of the many menu needs they’ll have to tackle this winter.
Homer off Kershaw was symbolic for another reason. This was Villar’s third in the major leagues, and when combined with the 27 he scored with Triple-A Sacramento, it was his 30th of the season.
If you have a passing acquaintance with the giants of this millennium, you will understand why this is important.
The last Giant to incorporate 30 home runs in a season at any level was Mike Jastrzemski, who reached 31 between Triple A (12) and the majors (21) in 2019. Before that, you have to go back a decade: Adam achieved Duvall 30 homer at Single-A San Jose in 2012. Before that, if you look past the 30-season Triple-A Fresno that Scott McClain published after his 35th birthday, you have to go back 17 years. Todd Linden hit 30 Houses at Triple-A Fresno and four for the Giants in 2005.
Go back a year ago and you’ll find the last giant to hit 30 Homer in the major leagues. It was Barry Bonds, who somehow hit 45 home runs despite having a league record of 232 hits back in 2004.
Villar has a compact build, but he’s not a big guy and wouldn’t light up the exit speed leaderboard. He might not be voted “likely to be the first man out of 30 workers on a Giants team since the Bonds” — especially if they sign with a certain Yankees player and midfield native this winter. But this is true for teams with big revenue as well as narrow ones: the more local players you produce, the more they can save generous fortunes on free agents. The Giants will be delighted if Villar can set the stage for a long-awaited wave of talent from the minor leagues, and Casey Schmidt may not be too late. That’s why Villar’s chances this month will not be limited to facing the left.
“We’ve talked about how big David will be in the future of this franchise,” Giants manager Gabi Kapler said. “We see him as a man paving the way for what could happen next season. He has a lot of work to do and a long way to go, but today was a pointer against some good passes that enable him to tackle the best of the game. This shouldn’t be any Surprise “.
Find a fleeting familiarity with you and names that will pop up if you give them the time: Jaylene Davis, Chris Shaw, Mac Williamson, Chris Dominguez, Brett Bell, Linden. The Giants had interesting prospects in reaching the threshold of the major tournaments, but they didn’t stay long enough to take off their shoes. In 2019, Davis and Shaw teamed up with Zach Green and Mike Gerber to score 114 points in the minor leagues. They met to strike two in the majors.
Strong hitters tend to have Swiss cheese swings that are exploited at the highest level in the game. This is what makes Villar an encouraging study. He plays his strength in the opposite field. His approach is round. Doesn’t seem to be selling power.
When asked to comment on Villar’s swing, Kapler drew up a surprising comparison with Donovan Solano, the Giants’ number two starting man and winner of the Silver Slager in 2020.
“Donovan Solano, when he hit his best, hit it in the air,” Kapler said. “He had angles. Balls he didn’t hit all that good (could) land on the head of a player and land on the lawn. And the balls he hit were good to hold in gaps and sometimes off the field. But Donovan didn’t have the strength that David has. He has a loft in Swing him.In the hitting exercise, you rarely see his hitter hitting the ball on the ground.
“Sometimes the trajectory is as important as the distance the ball travels. I don’t expect him to hit balls at 500 feet, but I think he will hit a lot of them through the wall and into the gaps.”
Giant right-hand man Alex Cope immediately noticed that Villar had a seesaw that could work against major league pitches.
“If I watched a baseball game, I would smash a swing and see how the batsman handles some pitch or what the approach is,” Cobb said. “Yeah, that’s going to be second nature all my life. All I know is how to do when I watch a baseball game. He’s got the ingredients in there. He has the ability. He obviously has the strength. He has the discipline, which most guys coming into the game today seem to enjoy.” There is always a way to navigate the hitter.But when they can hit two balls on the opposite field, it makes you start guessing a bit.
“So it’s all there. It’s up to him to implement them.”
Cobb thought he made a bid on Justin Turner, who showed the value of the track when he drilled it for Homer in a three-stroke setting that put the Dodgers ahead in the fifth. Max Munsey, who terrorized the Giants in the series, added a three-stroke shot from right-hand Zach Little. The series was played under a heat dome and mirrored by ball flight: The Giants and Dodgers combined 16 times on home soil and scored 28 of 30 times on the long ball.
Two Villar computers are responsible for all of the giants’ crimes on Wednesday. He said he noticed that Dodgers bowlers switched to hitting him with fastballs on the inside to prevent him from extending his arms and using the opposite field. So get ready for fast ball indoors. He stayed in Kershaw’s Fastball even after he swung through a pair of slides. And when Kershaw stuck another slider, he was able to adapt to it.
“He’s obviously a guy I grew up watching in a Dodgers costume,” Villar said. “He’s a historic bowler, but my job is to do exactly what I did. I’m glad I was able to get a swing. With the young age of my career, I have to separate the name from the player and treat everyone the same.”
With Kershaw’s career plans as unpredictable as his lower back, there’s a non-zero chance on Wednesday afternoon which is the last time the Giants will face him at Dodger Stadium. It’s a testament to Kershaw’s dominance over the Giants that his glowing overall numbers against them in Chavez Raven aren’t as impressive as you might expect: 10-9, 2.40 ERA, 215 strikes in 191 runs. And 19 home tours are allowed, including one to Villar.
Villar took credit for the adjustment he made after his first major league stint, when he reached 0.175 with Homer One in 28 games before being sent back to Sacramento on August 5. He said he focused on staying on his back side for as long as possible. , which prevented him from appearing in the lead on the non-fast courts.
“I knew this was my second chance,” Villar said. “I’ve already had a month at the major tournaments, had my failures and talked to them. Whether or not I’ve had success this week, I still have the same confidence you brought with me.”
(Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press)