Back in February I took a look at the starting pitching depth heading into the 2013 season. Throughout the off-season, I didn't have concerns about the rotation, even though a lot of people were viewing the starters as a big question mark. I'd chalk that up to the age of Super Rotations. With big market teams possessing multiple aces, and number two starters pitching in the number four spot, it gives the belief that a team with just one ace can't compete. The Pirates showed last year that you don't need a Super Rotation in order to put up some of the top numbers in the league.
Just like last year, a lot of people are questioning the talent of the rotation heading into 2014. Once again, I'm not that concerned. In fact, looking at the depth article from last year, and comparing it to the depth this year, I'd say the Pirates look stronger in 2014.
Guarantees For the Rotation
Last year there were only three guarantees for the rotation. That would have been four if you included Francis...
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.