28-year old righty Brian Wilson really stepped up last season for the Giants. He pitched in 68 games (0 starts) for the Giants last year and he was 5-6 with 38 saves, a 2.74 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Wilson whiffed 83 batters in only 72 1/3 innings for the Giants last season while allowing only 60 hits showing just how wicked he was. The Giants need Wilson to have another year like last one in 2010.
30-year old lefty Jeremy Affeldt had a career year in 2009 for the Giants. He pitched in 74 games (0 starts) for the Giants last season and he was 2-2 with a 1.73 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He only gave up 42 hits in 62 1/3 innings last season while whiffing 55 batters showing just how dominant he was in 2009. Affeldt will be the top lefty out of the pen in 2010 for the Giants.
27-year old righty Sergio Romo will be pitching late in games for the Giants in 2010. Romo pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Giants last season in which he was 5-2 with 2 saves, a 3.97 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. In two years with the Giants, Romo has pitched in 74 games (0 starts) in which he was 8-3 with 2 saves, a 3.04 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. Romo has only gave up 46 hits while whiffing 74 batters in 68 innings in his career with the Giants showing what kind of stuff he has.
36-year old righty Guillermo Mota signed on with the Giants over the winter. Mota pitched in 61 games (0 starts) for the Dodgers last season and he was 3-4 with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He only gave up 53 hits in 65 1/3 innings last season for the Dodgers showing that he still has hit and miss stuff. Mota will help the Giants in 2010.
30-year old righty Brandon Medders had the best year of his major league career in 2009 and the Giants want him to repeat it in 2010. Medders pitched in 61 games (0 starts) for the Giants last season and he was 5-1 with 1 save, a 3.01 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Medders walked 32 batters in only 68 2/3 innings so he needs to tighten up his control a bit.
27-year old lefty Alex Hinshaw was really awful last season for the Giants. Hinshaw pitched in 9 games (0 starts) for the Giants last season and he was 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA and a 2.83 WHIP. But, in 2008 Hinshaw pitched decent and the Giants are hoping that he can get back to that point in 2010. Hinshaw pitched in 48 games (0 starts) for the Giants in 2008 in which he was 2-1 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.
29-year old righty Santiago Casilla has an electric arm but he just hasn’t converted it into results in his major league career. Casilla pitched in 46 games (0 starts) for the A’s last season and he was 1-2 with a 5.96 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. It will be interesting to see if the Giants can coach up Casilla in 2010.
27-year old righty Denny Bautista has been pretty awful in his career to date. Bautista pitched in 14 games (0 starts) for the Pirates last season and he was 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. He has now pitched in 100 games (21 starts) in his six years in the majors and he is 9-15 with a 6.26 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. Don’t expect much out of him in 2010.
27-year old lefty Andy Sisco has not pitched in the majors since 2007 with the White Sox. He has pitched in 151 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 3-9 with 1 save, a 5.18 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. If Sisco can stay healthy and throw strikes the Giants might have something in him.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2010: B+