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Three up, three down from Week 2 of Giants spring training

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Tyler Beede #38 of the SF Giants pitches during the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Oracle Park on September 13, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Tyler Beede #38 of the SF Giants pitches during the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Oracle Park on September 13, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /
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Giants pitcher Andrew Suarez. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images) /

LHP Andrew Suarez

Andrew Suarez had a promising rookie campaign in 2018 when he posted a 4.49 ERA across 160.1 innings and looked to be a future rotation arm. However, the 2019 season was a completely different story.

The left-handed hurler posted an unsightly 5.79 ERA across 32.2 frames while shuttling back and forth between Triple-A Sacramento and San Francisco. Suarez only made two starts with the Giants, but appeared out of the bullpen 19 times.

It seemed as if the Giants tried to find a role for him, but neither starting nor relieving seemed to be a fit. As a result, his future role with the Giants heading into this season was undefined, and he really needed to open some eyes.

To his credit, Suarez has done just that.

Across 6.2 innings, he has yielded just two runs on four hits while tallying nine strikeouts.

The ability to avoid contact altogether is an intriguing development for the University of Miami product. He still has an uphill battle to make the Opening Day roster due to the fact that he has two minor league options remaining, but he is making this a difficult decision for the Giants.

OF Joey Rickard

Joey Rickard appeared with the Giants at the end of last season, and he was solid in a very limited sample. Across 54 plate appearances, he posted a .713 OPS while proving he can handle both corner outfield spots.

Throughout his career, the right-handed hitter has produced a .278/.337/.425 line in 402 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers, so any potential role with the team would be as part of a platoon.

While other younger outfielders like Steven Duggar and Jaylin Davis have struggled at the plate, Rickard has performed as well as anyone this spring. In 17 Cactus League at-bats, he has seven hits, including three doubles and one triple.

The 28-year-old was brought back on a minor league contract, so he would need to be added back to the 40-man roster. This creates a bit of an obstacle for Rickard, but he is performing well enough to make the club.

3B Zach Green

Similar to Rickard, Zach Green made a brief appearance with the Giants last season, and the similarities do not stop there. Like Rickard, Green was also removed from the 40-man roster, only to be brought back on a minor league contract with a camp invite.

Green has battled injuries over the years, reaching the 100-game threshold just once in his eight-year professional career. When he has been healthy, the right-handed hitter has shown plenty of power, especially in 2019 where he blasted 25 home runs for Triple-A Sacramento.

That earned him a promotion, but he only collected two hits in 14 at-bats before he was sent back down, eventually ending the season on the injured list.

Despite not having a spot on the 40-man roster, the 26-year-old has been impressive in his tryout this spring. In 13 at-bats, Green is batting .462 with three home runs and nine RBI. His bat has been one of the loudest in Scottsdale, Arizona:

On the opposite side of the coin, Jaylin Davis, Austin Slater, and Jerry Blevins are ready to turn the page and start a new week after struggling.

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