RHP Dereck Rodriguez, San Francisco Giants
Dereck Rodriguez had a disappointing 2019, which means his spot on the 2020 team is far from secure.
He lost his starter job and was demoted to Triple A at midseason. Even when he made spot starts later in the year, he still struggled.
He will be competing for a spot in the rotation along with other young starters like Tyler Beede, Logan Webb, Suarez, and Menez. It is still very much up in the air which of these younger pitchers will make the squad to start the year.
My gut has been telling me all offseason that Beede and Webb will be part of the rotation to start the year.
Then Zaidi recently told reporters: “We’ve obviously got some young starting pitchers — guys like Tyler Beede and Logan Webb, who may not start the year at the big league level but certainly we see making starts for us.”
If they were sent to the minors to start the year, it would likely be in an effort to limit their overall innings total. But if they don’t start the year in the rotation, who will?
Perhaps it opens the door to someone like D-Rod, who has a more mature arm that the team doesn’t fear it will exhaust.
No matter what, he will have to prove that he has regained the control that was essential to his success in 2018 if he wants to have any chance of making the team.