San Francisco Giants: 5 bold predictions for the rest of the season
3. Logan Webb will make his major league debut this season
If you don’t know who Logan Webb is, take some time to familiarize yourself with him. He ranked as the 6th best prospect in the Giants system in my midseason prospect rankings and Dalton Johnson just wrote a great piece for NBC Sports Bay Area on him.
The extremely short synopsis is as follows. Webb, a Rocklin, California native, was signed by the Giants as a fourth-round pick out of high school back in 2014. He dealt with a number of setbacks, including ill-timed Tommy John surgery early in his career, but broke out last season.
He reached Double-A before the age of 22 and looked like a candidate to potentially work into the back of some top 100 prospect lists. Webb works off a lively mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider that are both potential plus pitches, and he has tried to integrate a changeup.
After a strong start to the season, Webb was suspended for 80 games due to a positive drug test that he still contests. He was officially reinstated this week, made his return to Double-A, and picked up where he left off.
Even with Bumgarner staying put, they are likely going to be thin on innings as the season wears on. Both Tyler Beede and Shaun Anderson are on pace to eclipse career highs in innings, Jeff Samardzija has dealt with a number of injuries over the past year, and Johnny Cueto will be working back from Tommy John surgery.
Team president Farhan Zaidi has shown a willingness to give young players an opportunity when available. Webb is already on the 40-man roster and I expect him to get a look at some point in September.