Later, Hank went into a little more depth on his blog on the impending Sanchez situation and Emmanuel Burriss’ spring thus far:
The Giants do have options. Besides Ryan Theriot (who has not looked very good at the plate or in the field this spring) and Mike Fontenot, Emmanuel Burriss is having a great spring. He walked, tripled and singled in today’s game and is hitting .441.
If you run a search on Baseball-Reference from 1970 onward among position players with at least 600 plate appearances in their career, but not more than 1000 PAs, you get 325 careers. Of those 325 careers, Emmanuel Burriss ranks …
* 321st in extra base hits with 14.
* 279th in adjusted on-base plus slugging (OPS+) with 60.
* 202nd in on-base percentage with .311.
* 315th in total bases with 164.
Offensive futility, Emmanuel Burriss is thy name.
I chose the 600-1000 PA range because it fits Burriss’ career to this point. Spring numbers be damned, Burriss has never shown any ability to be a productive player on offense. His lack of power is nearly unmatched in our search. He doesn’t supplement his non-power ways with OBP. His fielding numbers aren’t terrible, but he’s clearly not a defensive wizard. (Something you really need to do when you can’t hit worth a lick.) He runs kind of fast. That’s basically what you’ll get with Burriss. And, this is his age 27 season. His age is slightly surprising to me because off the top of my head I would have pegged him much closer to 25.
Burriss’ age means that he’s at, or near, the peak of his physical abilities. In other words: this is as good as it’s most likely going to get. It’s looking like each day Sanchez stays off the field, there’s a bigger chance that Burriss could make the Opening Day roster. Burriss hitting .441 in Spring Training is nice, but a Fontenot-Theriot platoon at second base is the right way to go. The Giants have been talking up Burriss something fierce this offseason. Unfortunately, despite the nice words, Burriss’ track record in both the majors and minors depicts a player that shouldn’t be given a starting role on any team in baseball.
I’m totally fine with Burriss being an occasional pinch-runner, or late inning double-switch guy while Sanchez is hurting. But anything more than that seems insane.