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Ranking the N.L. West in 2015: Third Base

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Casey McGehee

quietly put together one of the best offensive first half’s in the majors in 2014, and now he is on the Giants. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

4. Giants: 1.1 WAR (#28)

Like the Padres, the Giants will have a new guy manning the hot-corner in 2015. Veteran Casey McGehee signed with the Giants in the off-season. He will fill the void left by Pablo Sandoval who signed with the Red Sox.

McGehee was a great find for the Marlins in 2014. He was one of the better third basemen in the National League during the first half. He went on an extended hot streak, and not many pitchers could stop him at the plate.

McGehee hit .319/.386/.391 with a .346 wOBA, with a 119 wRC+, and a .369 BABIP in 407 plate appearances. McGehee was a final vote candidate for the All Star Game, but he wasn’t voted in.

Like the Marlins season, McGehee really slumped during the second half of the season, and by the end of September, he was just barely producing above replacement level.

In 284 plate appearances after the all star break, McGehee hit .243/.310/.310 with a .282 wOBA, a 76 wRC+, and a .284 BABIP. He did put up close to a above league average season even with his horrific second half, and it was definitely a good singing by Miami.

The question is which player will the Giants get. We will find out. All I know is that McGehee is a better player than Middlebrooks so that is why I have the Giants ahead of the Padres in these rankings.