Debuting on June 22 against the Atlanta Braves, Crick impressed in his outing. Throwing 2.1 innings and surrendering just one hit, he earned a longer look at the major league level.
Giving up just three earned runs in his first 14.1 innings pitched, Kyle Crick grabbed the attention of Bruce Bochy and Dave Righetti.
With Ty Blach filling in for Madison Bumgarner, there was no use for Crick in the rotation. When Johnny Cueto went down, Chris Stratton would claim a rotation spot, as Crick continued to thrive in the bullpen.
The rookie finished 2017 with an impressive line of 32.1 IP with an ERA at 3.06, with 17 walks and 28 strikeouts.
The future of the Giants struggling bullpen is unclear, but we do know that Kyle Crick will likely be a key piece in 2018.
Crick’s 2017 stats: 0-0, 3.06 ERA, 32.1 IP, 28 K’s, 17 BB’s
Albert Suarez was a decent weapon out of the bullpen last year. A long relief guy like former postseason legend Yusmero Petit, Suarez was also used in the rotation at times.
Coming into Spring Training 2017, Suarez was fighting just to make the Opening Day roster.
After losing a roster spot to Neil Ramirez, Suarez would not make it back up to the majors until July 22.
His season was quite disappointing, especially in the month of August where he allowed 13 earned runs in 18.2 innings pitched.
Another Giants bullpen arm with good strikeout stuff, averaging more than a strikeout per inning.
Suarez’s 2017 stats: 0-3, 5.12 ERA, 31.2 IP, 34 K’s, 11 BB’s