Best San Francisco Giants of the 2010s: 49. Ty Blach
Left-hander Ty Blach provided the San Francisco Giants with some quality innings before he was designated for assignment this summer.
The San Francisco Giants drafted Ty Blach in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB draft out of Creighton University.
He made his MLB debut on Sept. 5, 2016, and quickly made a name for himself by outdueling Clayton Kershaw in his second career start in the second-to-last game of the regular season when he threw eight shutout innings against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
The left-hander broke camp with a spot on the Opening Day roster in 2017 and he moved into the starting rotation at the end of April.
All told, he went 8-12 with a 4.78 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 163.2 innings spanning 24 starts and 10 relief appearances.
The highlight of that first full season in the majors came on June 2 when he fired a seven-hit shutout on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies.
He saw plenty of time at the MLB level against last season, serving in more of a swingman role with a 4.25 ERA in 118.2 innings covering 13 starts and 34 relief appearances.
With Tyler Beede and Shaun Anderson reaching the majors this season, Blach was pushed down the organizational depth chart, and he ended up making just two relief appearances before he was designated for assignment in August and claimed by the Baltimore Orioles.
Still just 28 years old, he’ll now have a chance to prove he can be a positive contributor for a rebuilding Orioles team in need of someone to eat innings.
While his time in San Francisco was short and he was never a star, Blach was a solid contributor for two seasons, and that’s enough to earn him a spot on this list.
He’ll be best remembered for his stellar work against the Dodgers. In 60.2 career innings against the archrivals, he went 4-2 with a 2.82 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.
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