LHP Conner Menez, San Francisco Giants
Conner Menez started three games and made five more appearances in relief for the Giants in 2019, so he will have to prove himself even more than Rodriguez and Suarez will.
His first start against the New York Mets was a respectable one. He went five innings and only allowed two earned runs. The next two were not as pretty and got him demoted back down to the minors.
He was called back up in September and held opponents scoreless in 4.1 innings. That is definitely way too small of a sample size to extrapolate anything from, but it definitely didn’t hurt his chances of making the team in 2020.
Given that Menez does not have as much experience as Rodriguez or Suarez, he would really have to prove he is a cut above both of them in spring training, which will be difficult to do.
Suarez seems to be the safer, more experienced version of Menez, so he would have to turn some heads if he wants to make the team. His strikeout and walk rates were both high, so if he can cut down on the walks while continuing to send hitters packing that is his best bet to make it.
With that, we have examined what would be required of four players on the bubble to make the Opening Day roster for the Giants.