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San Francisco Giants Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitchers

By Justin Rodgers
Oct 7, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning during game one of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 7, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning during game one of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 7, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning during game one of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 7, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning during game one of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /

With spring training right around the corner, the San Francisco Giants have released their list of non-roster invitees. In honor of them doing so, we at Around the Foghorn will be highlighting each position grouping and looking at who has a shot to crack the 25 man roster this upcoming season. In particular I will be focusing on previewing the starting pitching for the upcoming season.

The San Francisco Giants will have their fair share of starting pitchers in camp this bring, ranging from those on the 40-man roster to two non-roster invitees. Starting pitching was one of the strong suits for the San Francisco Giants last season.

The Giants relied heavily on their starting rotation, which saw three arms throw over 200 innings, and another come very close to crossing that threshold with throwing 198.1.

With that being said, the only spot in the rotation that will be up for grabs is the fifth starter spot. Realistically, only a few players have a shot at winning that roster spot, and the majority of the young arms in spring training will only be there for experience.

Despite this, the season is extremely long and some of these players could find themselves on the roster somewhere down the line.

Continue to find out who ranks where on the list, the answers may surprise you.

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