The Giants' big offseason acquisition turned out to be a smashing success in Year 1 of the six-year deal. Johnny Cueto turned in ace-like numbers with a 2.79 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 4.4 K/BB ratio while earning early Cy Young contender mentions after starting the season 13-1. His strengths lie in his pinpoint control and ability to hit both sides of the plate with all three of his fastballs. While his crafty pitching style and excellent command could offset an eventual drop in velocity, the 30-year-old was still dialing up his four-seam and two-seam fastballs in the low-to-mid 90s, similar to his prime years in Cincinnati. There is no reason to think that Cueto can't repeat his success with the Giants in 2017, making him a safe high-end pitcher to invest in.
Cueto made his spring training debut Saturday, giving up one run on three hits in his two innings of work while striking out one in a win over the Reds. Cueto missed the first few weeks of camp tending to his ill father back in the Domincan Republic. The 2016 All-Star said he felt good after throwing a 65-pitch live bullpen session Wednesday, and that sentiment rang true on Saturday as well. Cueto said that he would like to pitch for Team Domincan Republic in the WBC, but he would need to make two spring training starts before making an official decision. Either way, he appears ready for Opening Day after posting a 2.79 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in his first season as a Giant.
Cueto felt great after throwing a 65-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, and he is still a candidate to join Team Domincan Republic in the WBC, CSN Bay Area reports. Cueto was a few weeks late reporting to Giants' camp after being with his ill father back in the Domincan Republic. The long layoff put his status for the WBC in doubt, but the 2016 All-Star insists that he still wants to pitch in the tournament. He said that he wants to make two Cactus League starts before making a final decision. The positive news for fantasy owners is that Cueto felt great after his lengthy bullpen session Wednesday and the lengthy layoff shouldn't affect his status for the start of the season.
Cueto will throw a live batting practice session Wednesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cueto was unable to arrive in Giants camp until March 4 due to visa issues with his father, but since he was working out some in the Dominican Republic during the delay, he seems to be relatively close to getting back into game action. The righty will likely pitch for San Francisco sometime in the next week before making a decision about whether or not he'll compete in the World Baseball Classic.
Cueto (personal) is expected to report to the Giants by Friday and will not pitch in the first round of the World Baseball Classic, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports. Cueto has been attending to family matters in the Dominican Republic, which has delayed his arrival at spring training. Although Cueto will miss the opening round of the WBC, the possibility still exists that he could pitch in later rounds of the tournament. During his absence from camp, he's continued to stay active, so there's no reason to believe he'll be unavailable at the start of the 2017 campaign.
Cueto (personal) is expected to join Giants camp Friday, Alex Pavlovic of CNS Bay Area reports. His visa issues appear to have been settled, though it remains uncertain whether he'll join the Dominican Republic club on time for the World Baseball Classic. None of these setbacks should cause any concern for his availability at the start of the season, unless something arises in the interim. Stay tuned until he actually starts pitching.