Pittsburgh Pirates: Potential Back of the Rotation Options in 2023

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – JULY 13: JT Brubaker #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park on July 13, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Pittsburgh Pirates have plenty of back of the rotation options for 2023, so who could we see round out the rotation next year?

It’s a pretty safe bet that the Pittsburgh Pirates will see Quinn Priester, Roansy Contreras, Mike Burrows, and Mitch Keller in the same major league rotation, potentially before the time summer rolls around. Priester and Burrows are two very talented prospects, the former who is producing well at Double-A Altoona and the latter improving his arsenal and heating up at Triple-A. Contreras has shown a ton of talent at the major league level, and Mitch Keller’s new sinker has helped him become a good pitcher.

That’s a pretty solid 1-4, but the fifth spot could be a bit of a revolving door. The Pirates have been showcasing some fifth starters this season in the major leagues, along with displaying some decent pitching talent beyond just the top prospects in the minor leagues.

If Keller, Priester, Burrows, and Contreras have rotation spots, who could the Pittsburgh Pirates slot into the fifth spot?