Two young arms burst onto the scene in September
During the month of September two young, talented, electric arms turned heads as members of the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation. They were righties Johan Oviedo and Luis Ortiz. Looking ahead to 2023, both could play huge roles for the Bucs.
Oviedo was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in the José Quintana trade. In the final month of the season Oviedo made seven starts, posting a 3.23 ERA and a 3.47 FIP in 30.2 innings pitched. Oviedo had just one poor outing, allowing 4 runs in 1.2 innings pitched against the Mets, and posted a 20.9% strikeout rate. Oviedo should open the 2023 season in the Pirate starting rotation and could have a breakout season.
As for Ortiz, he started the season with Double-A Altoona and reached Triple-A Indianapolis before being promoted to the majors. Ortiz made four starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates in September, posting a 4.50 ERA in 16 innings pitched.
Ortiz’s final start of the season saw him allow 6 runs while failing to get out of the 1st inning. Outside of this start, Ortiz was extremely impressive. He had a 14.5% walk rate, most of which was due to that final start, but struck out 24.6% of batters faced.
Ortiz will likely start the 2023 season with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. However, if he continues to show plus stuff and pitch well with the Indians, then he should join the Pirate starting rotation on a permanent basis sooner rather than later in the 2023 season.