Pittsburgh Pirates: Projecting the Starting Rotation Entering Spring Training

Sep 19, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Mitch Keller (23) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Mitch Keller (23) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Tyler Anderson #31 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 20, 2020 in Oakland, California. The Giants defeated the Athletics 14-2. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Tyler Anderson #31 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 20, 2020 in Oakland, California. The Giants defeated the Athletics 14-2. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) /

Throughout the offseason the potential starting rotation of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been in flux. Now with Spring Training upon us, and a recent free agent signing in the bag, let’s take yet another stab at projecting the team’s Opening Day starting rotation

Tuesday afternoon pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training for the Pittsburgh Pirates. That same day, the team signed left-handed starting pitcher Tyler Anderson to a one-eyar, $2.5 M contract for the 2021 season.

With Anderson in the fold the Pittsburgh Pirates now have needed rotation help. After trades of Joe Musgrove and Jameson Taillon earlier this offseason, even with some of the players that were brought in, the Pirates still found themselves with holes in the starting rotation. They were also in dire need of starting pitching depth, which is another area that the addition of Anderson will help as it makes their starting pitcher options deeper.

Even though pitchers and catchers have reported to Bradenton it is still possible that the Pirates trade another starting pitcher or two before the season begins. That said, with what the team currently has at their disposal we will take another stab at predicting their Opening Day starting rotation.

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