3 young SF Giants players who should receive an extension
1. Reliever Camilo Doval
The SF Giants bullpen has struggled badly in 2022 as they have posted a 4.28 ERA, which ranks as the seventh-worst make in baseball. They will need to rebuild the bullpen in the offseason, but the good news is that the closer role is solidified.
Camilo Doval has been electric since his debut in early 2021. And, he has been even better this season. He has given fans exactly what they want in a closer and that is someone who can get through the ninth inning without much excitement.
Of course, it helps that the right-handed hurler flashes a high-90's sinker that is extremely difficult to barrel up. He pairs that with a high-spin slider that has generated a .166 batting average against in two seasons.
The 25-year-old has posted a 2.58 ERA, 3.20 FIP, 1.26 WHIP, 10.8 K/9, and a 2.63 SO/W ratio in 53 appearances with the Giants in 2022. This includes 18 saves in 20 opportunities.
Doval might quietly be one of the Giants' best trade chips, but if they plan to compete next season, then he will need to be on the mound to close out games. There is no urgency to lock him up to a long-term deal as he is not arbitration-eligible until after the 2024 season.
That said, it would behoove the Giants to secure cost certainty with a player like Doval. The shelf life for a reliever can be short, but barring an injury, Doval looks like he will be a dominant reliever for the foreseeable future.