The Pirates' starting rotation has contained highly touted, homegrown arms Ian Snell, Tom Gorzelanny, Zach Duke, and Paul Maholm for a few years now.
Several years ago, the Pirates had another group of promising young pitchers, each selected in the first round in a three year period. Sean Burnett (2000), John Van Benschoten (2001) and Bryan Bullington (2002) we once hailed as the future nucleus of the big league rotation, but injuries have caused the trio to be passed on the organizational depth chart. Now that all three are healthy enough to pitch, what can we expect from the Lost Generation of pitching prospects?
In a three part series, I will examine what the future may hold for each member of the Lost Generation.
Age: 24 Throws: L HT: 6-1 WT: 176
Burnett was selected 19th overall in the 2000 amateur draft out of Wellington High School in Florida. Burnett was sort of a rare breed among first round prep arms, as he was selected on the basis of his plus changeup, advance...
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.