This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
Usually when I sit down to pen my first Regan's Rumblings, I have a pretty good idea of how I expect the article to flow. This year, with all the uncertainty in this world, I am really not sure what to say other than to wish all of you and your families' safety, rolls and rolls of toilet paper, and good mental health. We're all focused on adapting to this new reality, so baseball seems less relevant now than it normally would, but hey, let's try and put this stuff aside and talk some baseball. This week I wanted to focus on a few starting pitchers whose value may actually rise as a result of COVID-19 delaying the season. The thought here is that some guys slated to be on an innings limit may actually pitch more of those innings in the majors versus the minors as they would have previously done. Take a top pitching prospect for example. Say his innings target for the year was 140 innings. In a normal year, the organization probably ramps him up slowly in Triple-A, perhaps with him throwing 60 innings before he comes up in June and tosses another 80 with the Major League team. Now, assuming there are no service time considerations (big unknown right now), it's highly possible that a larger chunk of those 140 innings comes at the big league level.
If we are optimistic and say that we're going to have a 120-game regular season, a pitcher who