The next name on the list of San Francisco Giants season reviews is left-handed reliever Conner Menez.
7 games, 11.1 innings, 6 hits, 5 walks, 1 hit by pitch, 2 home runs, 8 strikeouts, 0.971 WHIP
2.38 ERA, 5.66 FIP, 0.2 rWAR, -0.1 fWAR
Status throughout the season
Menez made the Opening Day roster. Along with Rico Garcia, he was optioned on Aug. 12 to make room for Trevor Cahill and Dereck Rodríguez. He spent the rest of the year at the Alternate Training Site.
Menez’s season started with a bad but inconsequential appearance. He came in to pitch the eighth inning of the first game of the season, when the Giants were getting smoked by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The smoking continued with Menez on the mound, as he gave up a two-run home run.
And after that he settled down considerably. In his next five appearances he allowed just seven baserunners in 7.2 innings, with an unearned run the only damage sustained. His next outing after that run featured a solo home run, and then his season was over.
There really wasn’t much to note. He looked pretty decent, but the Giants obviously had reservations since they kept him in Sacramento for much of the year despite having a horrendous bullpen. He certainly limited hits, but four of the six hits he did allow went for extra bases, and there were far too many free trips to first base issued.
His ERA was good but his FIP was not, but the sample size isn’t particularly meaningful.
Relievers are hard enough to evaluate in a 162-game season. But in a 60-game season with a player who was optioned less than halfway through? Nearly impossible. So instead, let’s focus on this:
Role in 2021
2021 will likely be like 2020 for Menez, which was quite like 2019. He won’t be considered a staple of the bullpen, but he’ll get a chance to prove that he can be a left-handed weapon. We’ll presumably see him at some point, and his performance will dictate whether he sticks around for a while or heads to Sacramento.
Incomplete is probably the right answer here, but I’ll go with...
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