Angel Pagan LF/CF SF 5 days ago

Pagan went 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI in Monday's 5-4 win over the Padres.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Conventional wisdom says Pagan's value should be limited considering he has batted ninth in the order in eight of the last 10 games, but the left fielder hasn't let that stop him from racking up eight RBI in his last eight appearances. Something's got to give soon, as Pagan will likely either be moved up in the order on a more permanent basis or see his run production dry up.

Angel Pagan LF/CF SF 6 days ago

Pagan returned to the lineup Sunday and was slotted in the leadoff spot against the left-handed Adam Conley. He went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the loss to the Marlins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

As noted here, Pagan has been red-hot to start the season and should be owned while healthy. Manager Bruce Bochy has been toying with the idea of batting Pagan atop the lineup when the team faces a southpaw, according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area. This makes sense given Pagan's early success and Span's struggles with lefties (.233 OBP) this season. With a lefty on the mound Monday, we will see if Bochy decides to stick with this trend going forward.

Angel Pagan LF/CF SF 1 week ago

Pagan is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Marlins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gregor Blanco will take Pagan's spot in the lineup Saturday with the Giants facing right-hander Jose Fernandez. Pagan had started every game for the Giants leading into Saturday and he figures to return to the lineup Sunday in all likelihood.

Angel Pagan LF/CF SF 3 weeks ago

Pagan continued his strong start in 2016 by going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pagan added two runs scored to bring his total to eight, which ranks second among all MLB hitters and tops among outfielders. Batting ninth in the order has limited his RBI opportunities, but it has prevented his run-scoring opportunities from diminishing since being moved out of the leadoff spot this season. The batting average (.320) should be sustainable but the power (.640 SLG) should regress, but not by a whole lot as Pagan slugged .437 when he was finally healthy in the month of September last season. At this point, he is a must-own player in deeper formats and those in shallower leagues should ride him until he cools down.

Angel Pagan LF/CF SF 3 weeks ago

Pagan went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs batting ninth in the order Thursday against the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The ol' second-leadoff-hitter strategy worked out nicely for the Giants in this one, but it seems likely that Pagan's counting stats will be limited if he continues to hit at the bottom of the order. He can still be a reasonably productive hitter when healthy, however, so the veteran outfielder still has value in deep mixers and NL-only formats.

Angel Pagan LF/CF SF 3 weeks ago

With Denard Span sitting out due to illness, Pagan batted leadoff and went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two runs scored in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pagan returned to his usual role as the Giants' leadoff hitter for a game and didn't skip a beat, helping the club generate two runs. Despite a career-worst .332 SLG last season, Pagan was able to put up a .432 SLG in April and .437 SLG in September - the two months he was healthy last season - so the extra-base hits shouldn't come as a surprise. Pagan is always a liability to land on the disabled list, but he is a serviceable outfielder when healthy.

Angel Pagan LF/CF SF 4 weeks ago

Pagan will start in left field and bat leadoff against the Brewers on Wednesday, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Denard Span is a bit under the weather and will sit out the series finale in Milwaukee, with Pagan taking over atop the order. Pagan hit ninth, behind the pitcher, in the team's first two games, going 1-for-7 with a strikeout and a stolen base.

Angel Pagan LF/CF SF 4 weeks ago

Pagan went 1-for-4 with a run and a stolen base against the Brewers on Monday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

As speculated during spring training, Pagan was slotted ninth in the lineup behind the pitcher spot. While that spot in the lineup won't lead to many RBI opportunities, it allows Pagan to act as an extra leadoff hitter when the lineup turns over. We saw the benefits of that move when he swiped his first bag of the season. As long as he is healthy, Pagan should be a solid source of runs and stolen bases.

Angel Pagan LF/CF SF 1 month ago

With the demotions of Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson, Pagan will start the year as the Giants' everyday left fielder.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This should come as no surprise, as that was the plan from the day the Giants signed center fielder Denard Span. Pagan still had to win the job over younger options Parker and Williamson, and he did just that by slashing .395/.477/.527 in 38 spring at-bats. He won't bat leadoff this season, but manager Bruce Bochy has been tinkering with a lineup that has him batting ninth in the order. This would result in fewer total plate appearances for Pagan, but it would also preserve his ability to score runs and steal bases while hitting in front of the top of the order. Injury concerns and rising age will keep Pagan's draft day cost down, but he could be a sneaky value play as long as he is healthy.

Angel Pagan LF/CF SF 1 month ago

Pagan was a home run short of the cycle Wednesday, finishing the day 3-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI. His spring training slash line sits at .500/.563/.571 through 14 at bats.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The reluctant change from center field to left field has apparently not affected Pagan's bat. He will look to enter the 2016 season healthy after being marred by various minor injuries last season. Pagan showed us what he can be when healthy, slashing .282/.353/.437 with three homers and six steals in the month of September. He could be a sneaky target in deeper leagues for those in need of a cheap source of runs and steals.