I've written a lot in the past few weeks about how the Pirates have an excess of starting pitchers in the upper levels. I had ten possible candidates for the Indianapolis rotation, along with more starters than spots in Altoona. There will be three ways the Pirates can relieve this depth:
2. Converting Starters to Relievers
3. Expanding Beyond Five Rotation Spots
With the depth they have, all three options will be on the table. They can convert some guys to relief, but that will be limited, as they have legit relief prospects taking up some of the bullpen spots. They can go with more than five starters, but that just means one of those bullpen spots will go to the extra starter. And there will still be starting options left over, which they have handled in the past by...
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