Heading into next season, what would be the best gift the baseball gods could give to a dozen of the SF Giants’ most important players?
As 2020 draws to a close, the winter holiday season is in full spring. Many around the world are readying gifts for friends and family. Surely SF Giants fans hope that the baseball gods will be in the giving spirit with the team in the years to come. In case they are taking suggestions, here are some of the things that could help twelve of the team’s most important players next season.
SF Giants Gifts: Reyes Moronta Bounceback
Before his shoulder injury at the end of the 2019 season, Reyes Moronta had been the best right-handed reliever in the Giants bullpen for the previous two seasons. This season, he easily would have been the best arm available to manager Gabe Kapler. Of course, that was not in the cards.
Moronta was reportedly close to making a return towards the end of the 2020 season, but Giants brass suggested he take his time to put him in the best position to hit the ground running with the team in 2021. If he could, Moronta could fix the team’s bullpen.
Still 27-years old, Moronta could have many years of strong performance ahead, but shoulder injuries require a notoriously difficult rehab process. Prior to his injury, Moronta relied on a nasty arsenal that included an upper-90s fastball, a sharp slider, and a devastating split-finger changeup. Command was never Moronta’s best skill, but his stuff was strong enough to be effective despite those limitations. If he is unable to regain the same caliber of stuff,
In 132 career games, Moronta has struck out 160 batters, walked 73, completed 128.1 innings, allowed just 81 hits, and held opponents with a 2.66 ERA. No righty with more than five relief appearances for the Giants had an ERA below 3.50 in 2020.