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Giants might already have their next homegrown ace

Nick San Miguel
ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 05: Logan Webb #62 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on September 5, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 05: Logan Webb #62 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on September 5, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images) /
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Giants pitcher Logan Webb. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images) /

With Madison Bumgarner leaving the San Francisco Giants in free agency, the team is left without a clear ace heading into the 2020 season.

Who will lead the San Francisco Giants rotation in 2020 and beyond?

That is the question after Madison Bumgarner officially joined the Arizona Diamondbacks in free agency, putting an end to his impressive 11-year run in San Francisco.

There are the veteran options in the form of a healthy Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija who is coming off a solid 2019 campaign. However, they will probably not be around for the next playoff run, and one of them may even be traded as the team tries to rebuild.

One of them will most likely be the Opening Day starter in 2020, but it is clear that neither of them is the ace of the future due to their age and contacts.

So where does that leave the Giants?

Bumgarner was the last homegrown pitcher the organization was able to develop into an ace, coming on the heels of Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. That trio helped deliver three titles to the franchise.

In order to get back to contention, developing homegrown starting pitching will be absolutely key to their efforts.

The team currently has intriguing young arms in Tyler Beede and Logan Webb who have shown some promise in the big leagues. And while some may have written him off, Dereck Rodriguez might still be able to rekindle the magic he had during his rookie season in 2018.

The team also has some promising young arms in the minors, with Seth Corry and Sean Hjelle headlining the team’s stable of pitching prospects.

Can someone from that group develop into an ace?

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of those young arms and see if any of them has the potential to be the future headliner of the rotation.

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