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San Francisco Giants 2016 Season Grades: Starting Pitchers

Sep 27, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) relieves starting pitcher Matt Moore (45) during the game against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) relieves starting pitcher Matt Moore (45) during the game against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 23, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Albert Suarez (56) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

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Suarez had a pretty decent season. I don’t think he projects as a full-time rotational guy quite yet. I’d place my bets on Ty Blach, or even Chris Heston to be the fifth starter before him. However, when the Giants were short on starters, Suarez filled in admirably.

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He put up virtually the same numbers as Matt Moore in the same amount of appearances.

It wouldn’t be fair to give him a grade lower than Moore’s based on how little was expected from him. Suarez projects to me as more of the “Long-relief/Spot Starter” type. I think he had to be called upon well before he was ready to be in the big league rotation. Maybe more time next year in Sacramento next year will allow him to develop more into a solid rotational asset.

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