SF Giants’ Anthony DeSclafani looks part of ‘bounce back’ candidate

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The “bounce back” pitcher has become a staple of the Farhan Zaidi era in San Francisco and Anthony DeSclafani could be the Giants’ top candidate in 2021 to return to form following a lost season.

In a rotation that features several pitchers who battled inconsistent performances or missed starts due to injury in a condensed 2020 season, DeSclafani stands out for the stability that was once his calling card and the early impression he’s made in Cactus League play.

With 3 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night at Scottsdale Stadium, DeSclafani looked the part of a mid-rotation starter who pitches to contact and can consistently keep his team in games.

Unlike fellow Giants starters Johnny Cueto, Alex Wood and Aaron Sanchez, DeSclafani has never been named an All-Star and never received a Cy Young vote. At this point in his career, though, DeSclafani might have the best upside of any veteran Giants pitcher not named Kevin Gausman.

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