With several spots in the starting rotation up in the air, the San Francisco Giants will be counting on young starters Logan Webb and Tyler Beede to make an impact in 2020.
The San Francisco Giants head into 2020 with a rotation that is still largely unsettled.
Some low-cost, low-risk options have been added to the mix this offseason, including Tyson Ross, Tyler Anderson, and Kevin Gausman, in an effort to provide some measure of depth to the rotation. That said, the young starters will still get a long look to see if they are potential long-term pieces.
They both showed flashes of being big league rotation pieces, but they were also knocked around enough to raise questions about their viability going forward.
The two pitchers are incredibly similar in their strengths and weaknesses. Both possess very impressive raw stuff that allows them to strike batters out at an impressive rate. On the flip side, they also both have a tendency to get wild and walk batters at an alarming rate.
Webb (23) and Beede (26) are both still shy of their 27th birthdays, so they will be given every opportunity to grow and develop into reliable starters.
With a rebuilding season forthcoming in 2020, I expect both young starters to start the season in the rotation, even if they struggle in spring training. Team president Farhan Zaidi and new manager Gabe Kapler are going to want to determine what they have in the two youngsters, with Ross and Gausman serving as a safety net if they struggle.
With all of their similarities, which young pitcher will have a better season in 2020?
Going off of their 2019 numbers and the way they were trending when the season ended, let’s take a crack at predicting how they will fare during the upcoming season.