San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb
On the surface, Logan Webb‘s numbers from last season do not inspire a ton of confidence.
In 39.2 innings spanning eight starts, he posted a 2-3 record with a 5.22 ERA and 1.46 WHIP, which are hardly numbers that jump off the page.
However, Webb showed that he can put together solid starts and proved that his stuff, especially his nasty changeup, can get big league hitters out. He just turned 23 years old earlier this month, so he still has room to progress and improve as he gets older.
His last two starts of the season, in particular, gave plenty of reason for optimism.
Facing off against a pair of playoff teams in the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, he turned in a pair of quality starts. He went six innings in both games and allowed just three total earned runs, striking out 12 batters along the way.
If he can gain more control (3.2 BB/9) then that ERA should come back down to earth. Plus, with a rotation that really only has Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto penciled in at this point, he will likely have plenty of opportunities to prove himself next season.
Look for an ERA closer to 4.00 and a lower BB/9, which should make him a solid No. 4 or No. 5 starter for the team.
The San Francisco Giants are still building toward a brighter future, but these three players have a chance to prove they can be part of the long-term picture by taking another step forward in 2020.