Regular season baseball is almost here. We're well into spring training, and before you know it, it's going to be Opening Day. The Pittsburgh Pirates are going into 2023 as a much different team than they were in 2021 and 2022. With newly added veterans to support a team with a multitude of top prospects waiting in the wings at Triple-A, the rebuild is starting to bear fruit, and the light at the end of the tunnel is only getting brighter.
But there could be some surprises next season. Last year, who expected Mitch Keller to fly under the radar as one of the National League's better pitchers, or Jose Quintana to pitch to a low-3s ERA after a handful of average to below-average seasons? With that, let's make some bold predictions about the Pirates' season, with each prediction increasing in boldness.