Call-up profile: Conor Gillaspie
The Situation: Another year, another hamate injury to Pablo Sandoval. With the Panda sidelined indefinitely (he missed six weeks last year with a similar injury), the San Francisco Giants called upon the 24-year-old Gillaspie to fill in, as he was off to one of the hottest starts in the Pacific Coast League, batting .362 AVG/.417 OBP/.521 SLG at Triple-A Fresno, including a 20-for-39 mark in his last nine games.
Background: Gillaspie is already the surprising answer to a trivia question, as due to a stipulation of his signing as the 37th overall pick in the 2008 draft, he received a September call-up that year, thus becoming the first player from that class to reach the big leagues. Since then, he's taken a standard one-level-at-a-time path through the Giants' system, putting up good numbers at every level, but never showing much signs of power or a breakout with a career minor league batting line of .293/.364/.420 in 429 games.
2012 Rookies/Prospects Coverage
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