McPherson Rated Among Top Rookie Pitchers
Fangraphs has released their top five rookie-eligible pitchers and hitters list for the 2013 season. Kyle McPherson was placed second on their list, alongside some big name prospects. Their ZiPS line for McPherson this season has him pitching 126 innings, with a 6.2 K/9 and a 1.6 WAR.
McPherson will battle it out this Spring Training for the fifth spot in the Pirates rotation. He was ranked #9 overall in our Top 20 Prospect list this year. Last year, he pitched ten late season games for the Pirates, three as a starter. He had a 2.73 ERA in 26.1 innings, with 21 strikeouts. Also ranked among the top pitchers are Trevor Bauer(Indians) in the fifth spot and Shelby Miller of the Cardinals is ranked first overall.