I ask this question about once a year and it usually generates a good discussion. So let’s do it again.
However, there’s a catch. For purposes of this exercise, you have to pick a current minor league pitcher to start the game for you. Some caveats:
***It cannot be a pitcher from the Astros or Braves farm systems;
***It cannot be any pitcher with Double-A or higher experience as of June 21, 2018;
***No 2018 draftees. No ace pitchers from Japan or other such loophole.
***You can’t pick a guy and just have him pitch one inning; i.e., you can’t use the current Rays bullpen-starter strategy. Your bullpen is gassed from the past six games and you really need to get five or six innings out of this guy.
***This is for one game only. You don’t get to keep him for 2019.
Who do you pick and why? Discuss!