Ishikawa's value increasing with outfield play

Ishikawa's value increasing with outfield play

ST. LOUIS -- Travis Ishikawa's versatility should make him a more marketable performer, Giants manager Bruce Bochy observed Sunday.

Previously regarded as little more than a backup first baseman and pinch-hitter, Ishikawa has added a fresh dimension to his game by playing capably in left field for the Giants throughout the postseason.

"He certainly has done a lot for his value for a ballclub, now that he has shown he can play left field," Bochy said. "And not just play left field, but [do it] under these circumstances. ... That's invaluable to have movable parts on your club. Good for Ishi, that he's done a nice job out there. This is going to help him in the future."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.