Re: Nick Travieso to make first pro start Sunday, July 22nd
Lotzkar, Corcino, Sulburan, and Cingrani will have been either exposed as pretenders or learned enough to continue to dominate opposing minor leaguers by the end of 2013. (And that's conservative with at least two of them.)
Arroyo will be a free agent at the end of the 2013 season. Bailey, Leake, and Latos will be free agents in 2016 and arbitration eligible in 2013.
That's six possible starting prospects/ candidates (with Chapman and Hoover, if they wish) to fill somewhere between one and four spots in the major league rotation in 2014.
That's an enviable situation to be in.
After that shakes out, you've got a couple guys with stuff and production enough to be considered for depth-- sixth or seventh starters, if you will. They should be ready a year or two after the aforementioned battle royale works out.
Then, at the end of 2015, you've got Stephenson and perhaps Travieso as free agent insurance.
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