Do any Giants prospects deserve an early extension?
Logan Webb and Shaun Anderson
Fast-rising prospect Logan Webb got his first taste of the majors last season after a strong 2018 and 2019 campaign in the minors, despite missing time to an 80-game PED suspension.
Webb’s pre-promotion line — which included pitching in rookie ball, Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A — was a 1.85 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with just two home runs allowed over 63.1 innings pitched.
However, his eight games with the Giants were beset by consistency and control issues as he posted a 5.22 ERA and 1.46 WHIP, capped-off by five home runs allowed and 14 walks in 39.2 innings pitched.
Shaun Anderson also dealt with some ups and downs in 2019.
He finished with a 5.44 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Despite the inflated stats, Anderson may get a look as the Giants’ next closer after pitching well out of the bullpen. Even though there is a chance he takes on that key role, questions linger around his future and general readiness for the majors.
Both of these pitchers have shown they have the “stuff” to compete against talented hitters, but they did not display the consistency needed to be deserving of a long-term contract just yet. The front office will likely need 2020 to see what each can bring to the table in their return to the majors.