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Three Thoughts on Our Developing Rotation

Three Thoughts on Our Developing Rotation

An off-topic comment a few days ago led to this post. I've been neglecting talk of the rotation as of late, instead writing about the plot lines surrounding the bats, bench and bullpen.
This morning that changes.
If you've read or listened to an interview of Dave Littlefield recently, you've likely noticed a reference to the fact that the Pirates' rotation is entirely homegrown. Ian Snell, Tom Gorzelanny, Paul Maholm, Zach Duke and John Van Benschoten were all drafted and developed by Pittsburgh. Furthermore, of the candidates for a start should one of those five falter, two more---Bryan Bullington and Sean Burnett---are also products of the farm system.
I'm not sure what to make of it. Are we supposed to be impressed?
It's heartwarming to think that should any five of those seven starte...

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