The San Francisco Giants seemingly only have one open spot left in their starting rotation. Here’s the case for Tyler Beede to win that spot.
With four spots in the rotation seemingly locked down for the San Francisco Giants, there is still one spot up for grabs. There is a good case to be made that Tyler Beede should win that spot to start the season.
As of right now, Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, Kevin Gausman, and Drew Smyly are all essentially guaranteed a spot in the rotation to start the year, barring something unforeseen. There is a large contingent of pitchers that will be vying for the last spot.
Among the candidates are Dereck Rodriguez, Shaun Anderson, Andrew Suarez, Tyson Ross, Trevor Cahill, Logan Webb, and Beede. The decision may not be easy, but the team’s choice may be made more based on what makes more sense for the team rather than who has a great spring.
Webb would have to do really well to earn the spot because the Giants probably have him on some sort of innings limit and may want him to start the year at Triple-A as a result.
With how much Rodriguez, Anderson, and Suarez struggled last season, they may be primed for a bullpen spot or stretched out at Triple-A. Cahill and Ross provide experience, but I think the Giants still want their younger pitchers to gain more experience to see if they will be a part of the team going forward.
That is why I think Beede makes sense as the fifth starter. His starts were far from great in 2019, but he showed a lot of promise and had some great outings where he pitched deep into games.
Last season, he walked too many batters, so if he is able to get his command under control then he could be a very solid contributor at the back-end of the rotation.
Later in the year, younger pitchers like Sean Hjelle may get a crack at the rotation, but to start the year I think it is in the best interest of the future for the Giants to start Beede and see if he truly can be a staple of the rotation going forward.