The San Francisco Giants have several young players who showed promise in 2019. Will these players regress or step forward in 2020?
Farhan Zaidi has made it clear since he took over as president of baseball operations that he wants to make the San Francisco Giants a younger baseball team.
With an aging and declining core, it is a reasonable goal, but with a number of bloated contracts that will be tough to unload on the trade market, the team may not get younger as quick as he would like.
Veterans Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey, and Evan Longoria are all under contract for at least two more years, so unless the team is able to pull off an unlikely trade or does the unthinkable and releases one of them, they will be stuck hoping for bounce-back years out of that group.
All three proved that they have the potential to be solid big league contributors, even if it was a smaller sample size in the case of Webb and Dubon.
Of course, we learned from Dereck Rodriguez that it’s wise not to rush to assume that a solid rookie performance means sustained success going forward.
Each of these players still has to develop in a number of ways, and in the case of Dubon and Webb, their spot as a starter in 2020 is not 100 percent assured.
They will have to prove themselves in spring training next year to show new manager Gabe Kapler that their 2019 performances were not just a fluke.
Yastrzemski is almost certainly assured of a starting spot in the 2020 outfield, but he no doubt wants to break away from his grandfather’s shadow and become a player who can stand on his own merits.
So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at these three players to examine if they are bound to regress or progress.