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Projecting the 2022 SF Giants bullpen

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Jarlin García, SF Giants
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Projecting the 2022 SF Giants bullpen

Bulk innings - Jarlin García

This is not to pigeonhole Jarlin García to one role as he could easily serve as a medium-leverage arm in the Giants bullpen. With that being said, the Giants do not currently have another bulk innings reliever in the bullpen outside of the 29-year-old southpaw.

The five-year veteran registered a 2.62 ERA, 3.77 FIP, 0.961 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, and a 3.78 SO/W ratio in 68.1 frames last season. This included 19(!) appearances in which García completed more than one inning.

At times, teams will need a reliever to soak up innings to save the bullpen and the left-handed hurler proved capable of filling that role.

Of course, a bullpen's composition is never static as it is the most volatile area on any roster. The bullpen was great last year, but does that mean they will be good in 2022? That remains to be seen.

There are not any openings currently in the bullpen, but the front office will be tasked with trying to add quality depth without any assurances of a promotion. The Giants do have a few arms on the 40-man roster who could carve out roles in 2022 including Tyler Beede, Hunter Havey, and John Brebbia.

Brebbia and Beede both returned from Tommy John surgery last season, but it was clear that neither one was back to his pre-surgery form. Beede is nearly two years removed from surgery and Brebbia is not far behind. They will both need to take a step forward next year.

Brebbia struggled to the tune of a 5.89 ERA in 2021, but he did record 22 strikeouts against only four walks in 18.1 innings. His sharpness had not fully returned, but he did well to pitch effectively in the strike zone.

Harvey was a waiver claim from the Baltimore Orioles earlier in the offseason. He flashes a high-90's fastball but displays erratic control. He only has a total of 23.2 frames at the major league level under his belt.

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