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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Catcher Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants bats during the game against the Atlanta Braves on September 21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Catcher Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants bats during the game against the Atlanta Braves on September 21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Giants pitcher Tyler Beede. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Giants pitcher Tyler Beede

Tyler Beede and Logan Webb are in a similar boat in that they are still young with an unproven track record at the major league level.

Regardless, both showed enough promise down the stretch last season to project them as potential mid-rotation arms going forward.

The 2019 season was an up-and-down one for Beede, but one that ended on a very positive note. The Giants showed a lot of confidence in the right-handed hurler by continuing to tab him as the starting pitcher every fifth day, despite going through struggles.

On the surface, the Vanderbilt product struggled to the tune of a 5.08 ERA against a 5.03 FIP across 117 frames.

However, his command and consistency did improve as the season wore on. In July and September, Beede generated a 3.34 and 3.28 ERA, respectively. However, these solid months were sandwiched around a rough August where he posted an ugly 7.25 ERA.

Development is not a linear process, and there will be bumps in the road. Patience is needed, and Beede began to show progress down the stretch.

Can Beede improve his consistency? That remains to be seen, but he does have the potential to turn into a quality major league pitcher. The 2020 season will be a good litmus test for his potential ceiling.

If he can build on his strong finish to last season, the Giants may have a found a long-term piece to the rotation puzzle.

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