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STARTING PITCHER #5
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If the Jays could somehow trade for Severino, I would ask them to. This kid has a tremendously high ceiling and is set to open up a lot of eyes in 2016. His 1.20 Whip was a sneak peak at what he’ll accomplish in the near future and he may very well open up the season as their #2 starter once Spring Training is in the books. Ramirez could be replaced by Matt Moore if he can return to form after dealing with injuries, but for now, he’s their best option in the 5th spot.
If it wasn’t for this performances at home, Hutchison would be last on this list and I would not be surprised at all if he’s forced to earn his way back into the role with lots of competition in camp. Kelly has some promise for Boston but still gives up too many runs while pitching in the A.L. Wright will likely face too much competition to keep this spot when the season opens.
Side Note: I’m expecting Henry Owens to be the in the Red Sox rotation when the season opens and if he is, he’d slot in 3rd on this list ahead of Hutchison. The Lefty’s got some real promise and will join Rodriguez to revamp the Red Sox pitching staff that was an embarrassment in 2015, as well all predicted.
Ranking: 1. Severino, 2. Ramirez, 3. Hutchison, 4. Kelly, 5. Wright
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