Franchise Best Rookie Seasons

San Francisco Giants Best Single Seasons

This is a list of the San Francisco Giants best single seasons. I decided to select two players for each infield position, six outfielders (regardless of specific position), and one designated hitter for each AL team. Hitters had to play at least 51% of games at their position. For pitching, we selected seven starting pitchers, three non-closers, and two closers. Starting pitchers had to start at least 20 games during the selected season. Relief pitchers were deemed non-closers if they saved less than 10 games. Closers are pitchers that save more than 10 games.


  • Catcher – Buster Posey, 2012

  • Buster Posey
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    164 .406 7.3 148 610 78 178 39 1 24 103 1 69 96 .336 .408 .549 .957

  • First Base – Willie McCovey, 1969

  • Willie McCovey
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    194 .466 8.1 149 623 101 157 26 2 45 126 0 121 66 .320 .453 .656 1.108

  • Second Base – Rogers Hornsby, 1927

  • Rogers Hornsby
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    177 .469 10.1 155 684 133 205 32 9 26 125 9 86 38 .361 .448 .586 1.035

  • Third Base – Mel Ott, 1938

  • Mel Ott
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    181 .459 8.9 150 654 116 164 23 6 36 116 2 118 47 .311 .442 .583 1.024

  • Shortstop – Rich Aurilia, 2001

  • Rich Aurilia
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    144 .397 6.7 156 689 114 206 37 5 37 97 1 47 83 .324 .369 .572 .941

  • Outfield – Barry Bonds, 2002

  • Barry Bonds
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    244 .544 11.8 143 612 117 149 31 2 46 110 9 198 47 .370 .582 .799 1.381

  • Outfield – Willie Mays, 1965

  • Willie Mays
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    186 .448 11.2 157 638 118 177 21 3 52 112 9 76 71 .317 .398 .645 1.043

  • Outfield – Kevin Mitchell, 1989

  • Kevin Mitchell
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    184 .431 6.9 154 640 100 158 34 6 47 125 3 87 115 .291 .388 .635 1.023

  • Starting Pitcher – Christy Mathewson, 1909

  • Christy Mathewson
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    44 9.2 37 33 25 6 1.14 275.1 26 8 2 57 35 36 149 4.9 0.828

  • Starting Pitcher – Juan Marichal, 1965

  • Juan Marichal
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    60 10.3 39 37 22 13 2.13 295.1 24 10 1 78 70 46 240 7.3 0.914

  • Starting Pitcher – Joe McGinnity, 1904

  • Joe McGinnity
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    59 9.8 51 44 35 8 1.61 408 38 9 5 103 73 86 144 3.2 0.963

  • Starting Pitcher – Carl Hubbell, 1933

  • Carl Hubbell
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    52 8.8 45 33 23 12 1.66 308.2 22 10 5 69 57 47 156 4.5 0.982

  • Starting Pitcher – Jason Schmidt, 2003

  • Jason Schmidt
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    56 6.7 29 29 17 5 2.34 207.2 5 3 0 56 54 46 208 9.0 0.953

  • Relief Pitcher – Michael Jackson, 1994

  • Michael Jackson
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    36 1.7 36 0 3 2 1.49 42.1 0 0 4 8 7 11 51 10.8 0.803

  • Relief Pitcher – Sergio Romo, 2011

  • Sergio Romo
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    42 1.9 65 0 3 1 1.50 48 0 0 1 8 8 5 70 13.1 0.708

  • Closer – Robb Nen, 2000

  • Robb Nen
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    34 2.5 68 0 4 3 1.50 66 0 0 41 15 11 19 92 12.5 0.848

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