MLB in 2023: Ranking All 30 Starting Rotations

28. Pittsburgh Pirates

Starting 5: Roansy Contreras – Rich Hill – Mitch Keller – JT Brubaker – Vincent Velasquez

The 23-year-old out of the Dominican Republic is slated to lead this rotation. Despite possessing a smallish, slender frame, Contreras doesn’t lack for arm talent. On the contrary — his whip-like arm can pump the baseball upwards of 96 mph. Hill is a temporary placeholder, and likely will be trade fodder as we approach the deadline. Keller, Velasquez, and Brubaker all have varying degrees of talent. This rotation actually might surprise some people when it’s all said and done. However, much of the success will sit with Contreras. He could be the first budding star within the rotation for the Pirates since Gerrit Cole.

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