LHP Andrew Suarez
There is still a chance that Andrew Suarez could nab the last spot in the rotation, but if he doesn’t it makes sense to have him in the bullpen. He was solid as a reliever in 2019, and it is nice to have a guy who can go several innings in the case of an early exit from the starter.
RHP Rico Garcia
Claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies in November, Rico Garcia has looked serviceable this spring. He provides some upside in a middle relief role, though he would need to be added to the 40-man roster.
RHP Sam Coonrod
Sam Coonrod hasn’t been especially sharp this spring, and his low strikeout rate from last season is worrisome, but he still throws gas and deserves a place in the bullpen.
LHP Wandy Peralta
Wandy Peralta has been on fire this spring. In five innings pitched, he has 10 strikeouts and he has yet to allow a run. He could fill a late-inning role if that continues during the regular season.
RHP Tyler Rogers
Another guy who has been impressive this spring is Tyler Rogers. His submarine delivery keeps hitters guessing, and he strikes out righties and lefties at a similar rate which is more important with the three-batter minimum in place. Watch out for Rogers this season.
LHP Jarlin Garcia
Jarlin Garcia may wind up being one of Zaidi’s best steals of the offseason. He has impressed in spring training, and there is always a role for a lefty with good velocity.
RHP Trevor Gott
While Trevor Gott probably has some of the best raw stuff of any reliever on the team, his spring has been a little rough. That said, with a wide open bullpen competition, he is one of the few guys who was comfortably penciled in at the start of spring training. He could be a closer candidate if Tony Watson is hurt. Otherwise, expect to see him in a setup role.
LHP Tony Watson
It remains to be seen if Tony Watson will even be ready for Opening Day. He has yet to pitch this spring due to shoulder tightness and Opening Day is fast approaching. If he is not ready to go, the closer situation becomes even foggier, so let’s hope he is healthy and effective to start the year.
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