30. Baltimore Orioles
Starting 5: Means – Akin – Kremer – Lopez – Zimmermann
On paper, it appears as if Baltimore’s got the worst rotation in all of baseball. There’s just not a lot there when it comes to experience or high-end talent. Things are dire to the point that Baltimore signed 34-year-old Felix Hernandez and the often-injured Matt Harvey to compete for rotation spots. Unproven youngsters Keegan Akin and Dean Kremer will get the opportunity to pitch. The only real proven commodity at this point is 2019 All-Star John Means.
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29. Texas Rangers
Starting 5: Gibson – Dunning – Lyles – Arihara – Foltynewicz
The Texas rotation is a hodgepodge of reclamation projects, unknown commodities, and exceptionally average talents. Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles are slated to sit atop the rotation. Former first-round pick Kolby Allard — who came over in the Chris Martin trade from Atlanta — is also pegged to sit in the middle of the rotation. A power lefty with good stuff, Allard has the ceiling of a No. 2 starter should he work on his command.
Former Atlanta pitcher Mike Foltynewicz also joined the club. A few years ago, the Illinois native was an All-Star. Since then, he’s completely fallen off a cliff. Atlanta weirdly gave up on him last year after only one start. At only 29 years of age, the Rangers might be getting a steal here (assuming they can get him back to form).
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