So far we've looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Bradenton during the 2011 season. Today we'll look at the starting pitchers who could potentially be in Bradenton this year:
Miller will get another shot at the high-A level this season.
The Bradenton rotation at the start of the year won't have any standout prospects. None of the options that will be pitching in the rotation rank in the top 20 prospects in the system. There are a few in the 20-30 range who could make the jump up the list with a strong performance this year.
The likely starters at the beginning of the year should include Kyle McPherson, Quinton Miller, Nathan Baker, Phillip Irwin, and Brett Lorin. Tim Alderson could also factor in here if the Pirates decide to send him back to Bradenton for more work, although with the pitching prospects at the level, the Pirates might just decide to give him another shot at the AA level.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.