This past week I was in Indianapolis to see the Pirates' Triple-A squad for five games. I like to see Indianapolis in the middle of May, as it allows for a month and a half of stats to form a baseline of expectations, along with a good amount of time for players to start making adjustments. The timing also gives me a good feel for who can help the Pirates this year, and when.

It was last year around this time that I came away from Indianapolis thinking that Jameson Taillon and Chad Kuhl would be the guys who would take rotation spots in the majors in the second half, with Tyler Glasnow possibly being an option late in the year, but not being a guy who could have helped last year's rotation. That was at a time when the Pirates desperately needed rotation help.

This time around, the Pi...

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