SF Giants: 3 down from the 1st week of spring training
1. Tyler Beede
It has been a rough couple of seasons for Tyler Beede. He got his most extended look in the majors in 2019 and anticipated making the rotation in 2020 before sustaining a UCL injury in his pitching elbow. He underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2020 and returned to the mound midway through the 2021 season.
He made one appearance for the Giants, yielding three runs in just one inning of work. But, the good news then was that he was back on the mound. He spent the bulk of the season with the Sacramento River Cats where he posted a 6.66 ERA in 16 starts.
Some struggles were expected as pitchers typically do not regain their old form immediately after returning to the mound. However, the 2022 Cactus League has not been kind to the 28-year-old hurler. In 3.2 frames, Beede has allowed six earned runs on seven hits, two walks, and one strikeout. Given that he is out of options, it does feel like he is on the roster bubble.
Steven Duggar is coming off of a nice 2021 campaign in which he slashed .257/.330/.437 (107 OPS+) with eight home runs, 45 runs scored, and 35 RBI while being worth 2.2 WAR in 297 plate appearances. He was coming into camp with a good shot at making the club, but he has not looked great at the plate so far.
It is possible that he has a fourth minor league option, so the Giants might use that roster flexibility if he does. The left-handed bat has recorded just one hit with one walk and three strikeouts in nine at-bats in the Cactus League. The good news is that one hit was a home run, but he will need to perform better at the plate to break camp with the club.
3. Jaylin Davis
Jaylin Davis has already been optioned, so he is not fighting for a spot on the Opening Day roster. That said, he displayed some of the concerns that we have seen since he came over to the Giants in a trade with the Minnesota Twins in 2019.
Granted, it was a very small sample, but the 27-year-old outfielder recorded just one hit with five strikeouts in six at-bats. Against major league pitching, Davis has struggled to make consistent contact as he has posted a 26.5 percent strikeout rate in three seasons with the Giants and that trend continued this spring.
Davis has one minor league option remaining, so he still carries some roster flexibility. However, he has fallen pretty far down the outfield depth chart.