Owens is projected to start the 2011 season in Indianapolis, and could be in the majors by the end of June.
So far we've looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Indianapolis during the 2011 season. Today we'll look at the biggest area of focus for the 2011 Indians: the starting pitchers.
It's no secret that the biggest need for the Pirates in the majors is starting pitching. The first wave of starting pitching prospects should start to arrive this year, with most of the top pitching prospects either starting off the year in Indianapolis, or expected to reach the AAA level during the season. Here is a look at all of the pitchers who could potentially be at the level this year:
The Big Five
The ideal opening day rotation, from a prospect standpoint, would include Rudy Owens, Brad Lincoln, Bryan Morris, Jeff Locke, and Justin Wilson. However, only Owens and Lincoln seem like guarantees to start the season in Indianapolis.
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