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NL West: Giants keep playing left field roulette, call up Austin Slater

Check out what’s happening in the National League West.

MLB: San Francisco Giants-Media Day Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

With the San Francisco Giants having stumbled to a 22-33 record through the first two months of the 2017 campaign, they’re currently at a crossroads between trying to salvage the season and giving big-league exposure to some of their younger players. They’re hoping to get the best of both worlds with their latest decision, as they’re set to purchase the contract of outfielder Austin Slater from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, and he’s expected to get an audition as their starting left fielder.

Slater is arguably the best contact hitter in the Giants’ system, and he’s hit .322/.381/.460 with four homers in 196 Triple-A plate appearances this year. Assuming that Slater gets the start in left on Friday night in Philadelphia, he’ll be the 10th player to start at that position for the Giants in 2017, joining Eduardo Núñez, Chris Marrero, Brandon Belt, Jarrett Parker, Justin Ruggiano, Gorkys Hernandez, Aaron Hill, Mac Williamson, and Orlando Calixte.

Here’s what else is going on in the National League West: