The Z Files: AL Rotation Overview
The Z Files: AL Rotation Overview

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

After reviewing the hitting playing time scenarios for the American and National Leagues, I received several requests to do the same for pitching. The current starters for each team are easily accessible in the depth charts and reviewing the projected starters grid. However, it's extremely unlikely any team runs the current group out for the entire second half (yes, folks, we're halfway home). As such, I'll discuss those likely to get starts who aren't currently in the rotation. Let's break it down by leagues again, beginning with the American League this week.

Baltimore Orioles

With Dylan Bundy on the shelf, Jimmy Yacabonis has been summoned to fill in, at least temporarily. Bundy isn't expected to stay on the disabled list very long, perhaps the minimum plus a couple days so he doesn't return to pitch in another interleague game. After all, that's why he's sidelined to begin with, rolling his ankle running the bases. Chris Tillman is also close, with one, maybe two more rehab starts on the docket before returning.

The Orioles don't have anything by way of exciting prospects on the farm. Their top arm, 23-year-old Hunter Harvey, hasn't progressed past Double-A and is currently shut down, nursing a sore shoulder incurred evading a foul ball hit into the team's dugout. Yefry Ramirez, a 24-year-old righty, made a spot start earlier and could be called upon again as he's the Triple-A Norfolk Tides' top starter. Others are more organizational depth types like Tim Melville and

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Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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