SF Giants need to find reliable DH for 2020 season
One of the biggest rule changes that nobody saw coming for the 2020 MLB season was the use of the universal designated hitter. What the San Francisco Giants and other NL teams do about it will have to be decided soon.
Each NL team now has to evaluate their options to fill this roster spot that they didn’t have to fill when the 2019-20 offseason started. Let’s take a look at the three best options the Giants have on their roster to fill this role.
SF Giants DH candidates: The catchers
Sure, a 60-game season is already great for a catcher who is used to catching 100-plus games a year. On top of that, adding the DH has got to be a dream.
This is a good place for the Giants to start looking for many reasons. The first reason is that a platoon is easily right in front of them with Buster Posey and more-than-likely Joey Bart.
It’s obvious that Posey has been used in this spot whenever the team plays in American League ballparks over the last few years, which makes him a prime candidate for this. However, Bart could gain the much-needed time of learning by being the intensity of a major league game.
Another reason this could help is that the Giants could just decide to have Posey catch 40 of the games, with Bart doing the other 20. This is something that would also make plenty of sense since there would be no need to put unneeded inning on Bart’s legs.
In the 2010s, we saw what Posey being in the squat for 150+ games a year did to his legs and how fast it ended his prime. This is a mistake the Giants don’t want to make again if they can help it, which is exactly what the DH does.
As if Bart and Posey weren’t enough to fill the role from the catcher’s spot, the Giants could also use Darin Ruf, who was having a nice spring before everything as stopped. This makes him a person to at least look at for this role because he was doing so well in the original spring training in March.
Ruf and Bart should both make the 30-man roster to begin the season as well, which is what makes them safe choices for the role.
These could be some of the best candidates for the DH spot for the 2020 season, even if it comes in the way of a platoon.