BRADENTON, Fla. - This time last year, Chad Kuhl was one of the first cuts from big league camp. He had no chance to make the Pirates out of Spring Training, and was hoping to get to the point during the 2016 season where he could emerge as an option for the rotation. One year later, he finds himself with a rotation spot pretty much locked down.

The Pirates haven't made anything official with Kuhl, but all signs point to him being the number four starter. Everyone from Neal Huntington to Clint Hurdle has said Kuhl has an inside track over the other starters in the mix for a rotation spot. When they talk about the rotation battle, they talk about four guys battling it out for one spot, and Kuhl isn't in that mix. And let's not forget that the Pirates have been asked many times about Kuhl...

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