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San Francisco Giants: Who was the biggest disappointment in 2019?

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI single during the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Oracle Park on September 13, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI single during the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Oracle Park on September 13, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 29: Dereck Rodriguez #57 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at AT&T Park on August 29, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Dereck Rodriguez

Written by: Joel Reuter

There were clear signs that Dereck Rodriguez was going to regress from his brilliant out-of-nowhere rookie season.

Plucked from the scrapheap and signed to a minor league deal, Rodriguez found his way onto an injury-ravaged starting staff in 2018 and wound up posting a terrific 2.81 ERA in 118.1 innings of work.

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Below the surface, his 3.73 FIP suggested that he pitched over his head, but even if his ERA moved closer to that expected mark in 2019, he still would have been a solid member of the rotation.

Instead, he struggled to a 5.05 ERA in his first eight starts before being demoted to Triple-A and then relegated to mop-up duty in the MLB bullpen.

He returned to the rotation for the final two months of the season and showed a few flashes with strong starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks (8/15: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER) and St. Louis Cardinals (9/3: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER), but overall the season was a massive disappointment.

All told, he tossed 99 innings in 16 starts and 12 relief appearances, posting a 5.64 ERA and a 5.69 FIP that provided little reason for optimism going forward.

After looking like a potential building block at the start of the 2019 season, the 27-year-old will enter spring training fighting not only for a rotation job, but for a spot on the Opening Day roster in general.

Next. Who was the San Francisco Giants biggest surprise in 2019?

So there you have it, our picks for the most disappointing San Francisco Giants players of 2019. Who gets your vote?

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