The Oakland Athletics will have a different feel on the mound in 2020 with a young and talented starting rotation. Although the majority of their pitchers are inexperienced at the big-league level, it’s going to be exciting to see how certain arms fare in their first full major-league season.
With Brett Anderson and Homer Bailey leaving in free agency, Chris Bassitt likely back in the rotation, and Jesus Luzardo hurt, Mike Fiers, Sean Manaea, Bassitt, A.J. Puk, and Frankie Montas round out the A’s 2020 rotation. Montas, who was very impressive in 16 starts in 2019, was suspended for 80 games due to the use of an illegal substance, but he’s ready to roll for the upcoming season, having already appeared in spring training games.
Luzardo and Puk both made their big-league debuts last season and pitched just under 20 innings apiece out of the bullpen for manager Bob Melvin. Two of Oakland’s top prospects, the lefty duo was dominant in the minors in starting roles. Luzardo has been shut down for four-to-six weeks due to rotator cuff issues, but he’ll still be an important piece of this staff moving forward.
Fiers brings a ton of big-league experience to the table,…