It’s amazing what can change in a year. Last spring, Dereck Rodríguez was one of the first players sent to the minor league facility. Since then, he was called up, became somewhat of an ace in the Giants rotation and had a season that warranted votes in the Rookie of the Year ballot. He also looks primed to be in the rotation again this year.
Rodríguez threw three and a third innings today with five strike outs, no walks, four hits and three earned runs. After the game, Bruce Bochy all but said Rodríguez would be in the starting rotation when the team breaks camp.
Per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Bochy said “Right now, he’s part of this rotation, that’s where he stands. He’s throwing the ball well.”
This would seem to be the final piece of that particular puzzle, with the rest of the rotation likely to be Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija, Derek Holland and Drew Pomeranz.
This could change, of course, as spring games continue. Tyler Beede is making a strong push, and Holland has been used from the bullpen to great success. There’s also Andrew Suárez and Chris Stratton who were fairly regular starters last year, but could possibly end up in long relief roles.