- Dec 22, 2002
There are 3 other guys semi close to the Majors in Bryan Mata, Brandon Walter and Thad Ward. Walter hasn't pitched in awhile and Ward is still in AA. Mata is currently pitching in AAA and they had him go 100 pitches his last start. This was despite being at 92 pitches to end the 5th. He's possibly a wild card for 2023. He definitely has a higher ceiling than any of the AA/AAA farmhands outside of Bello (and maybe Walter, who I think ends up in relief) and if he finishes 2022 strong, I could see him leapfrogging over the Crawford/Winckowski/Seabolds of the world.Crawford is probably best thought of as a #6 at this point, not the #5 by design. Mostly because that means we'd have very little depth after him.
Who we control for 2023:
SP: Sale, Paxton, Pivetta, Whitlock, Bello. (Crawford/Winckowski/Seabold).PB: Houck, Schreiber, Barnes, German, Kelly, Taylor, Danish, Brasier
There's also Chris Murphy but he has fallen apart in AAA.