By Jason Shetler
Earlier this morning, Pirates GM Neal Huntington told members of the media that Chad Kuhl has done nothing to lose his inside track for a rotation spot, which pretty much solidifies his place as the #4 starter. In four Spring starts, he has put up a 3.75 ERA, along with a 0.75 WHIP.
Kuhl had a decent rookie campaign with the Pirates in 2016, posting a 4.20 ERA, with a better Fielding Independent Pitching of 3.95 in 14 starts. The groundball rate for Kuhl was at 44%, significantly lower compared to what he did in the minors. He will also need his sinker to be much more effective when facing left-handed batters, as they posted an .854 OPS against him.