This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
It has been a wild year, but at least we had a full season of baseball. I will have to say that 2021 provided even more surprises than usual, primarily because of injuries and fatigue based on heavier workloads. COVID-19 and these injuries, many related directly or indirectly to the pandemic, opened so many doors that otherwise would not have materialized so soon. Fantasy baseball in general, and the pitching aspects of the game continue to rapidly evolve – or digress, depending on your perspective. And, for fantasy owners, roster management became more and more of a challenge. Still, there are always standouts, and it's time to see who they are.
That said, let's get to my list of the 2021 award winners:
Newcomer Award – Logan Webb: He actually debuted for the Giants in 2019, and tossed a total of 94, mostly lackluster, innings over 2019-20. He displayed some upside but lacked command, and didn't show much confidence in his somewhat promising stuff. This season started out much the same, but there appeared to be a refreshing approach to his mound work. Despite mediocre numbers, he caught my eye in late April and early May – enough so that I commented he had "the best stuff of any Giants pitcher not named Kevin Gausman," and I recommended pursuing him despite him having a 1-3 record with an ERA over 5.00 at the time. With every start, you could see it coming together. He suffered a minor injury