Pittsburgh Pirates Have the Building Blocks For a Strong Starting Rotation

Aug 28, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras (59) throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras (59) throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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With some young, talented arms having already found success at the major league level, the Pittsburgh Pirates have the foundation in place to have a strong starting rotation in 2023

2023 will be Ben Cherington’s fourth season as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. During his tenure, the Pirates have yet to post a winning record. Unfortunately, the Pirates have been one of the worst organizations in baseball in terms of win/loss record under Cherington’s leadership.

A big reason for the Pirate struggles with Cherignton as GM has been the starting rotation. In each of the Cherington seasons the Pirate starting rotation has been poor. Some of that is due to what Cherington inherited, while soem of it is due to what he has assembled.

Well, in 2023 this could begin to change for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Top pitching prospects Mike Burrows and Quinn Priester are both in line to graduate and reach the majors in 2023. This should give the Pirate starting rotation a big summertime boost.

Outside of these two, the Pittsburgh Pirates appear to have building blocks in place to have a strong starting rotation in 2023. One that could be a a good rotation before Burrows and Priester join the rotation, and one that should easily be the best of the Cherington Era.

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