Matt Wotherspoon's return boosts Pitt's starting rotation

As mentioned on Sunday, starting pitcher Matt Wotherspoon will return to Pitt's baseball team in 2014 after going unsigned. With his return, the Panthers will be in much better shape heading into the difficult ACC next year.

Wotherspoon's return bolsters the starting rotation and 2/3 of the unit will be back in 2014 with Rhys Aldenhoven back as well. In 2013, Wotherspoon was 9-3 with 85 strikeouts in 107 innings and an ERA of 3.70.

Pitt loses their ace, Ethan Mildren, who signed with the Minnesota Twins, but with Wotherspoon and Aldenhoven back, the team is in a much better position. Instead of having to potentially fill two spots in the rotation, head coach Joe Jordano just needs to fill one.

With the season months away, that third spot is anybody's guess. Several pitchers got spot starts last year including Casey Roche (5), Jeff Kelly (3), Luke Curtis (3), Alex Caravella (3), and Jonathan Danielczyk (1).

Kelly and Caravella aren't on the roster this year having used up their eligibility. Roche is an everyday player and was Pitt's best hitter (heck, maybe best overall player) last season. Danielczyk was mostly a reliever with only the one start in 22 appearances.

By process of elimination that would leave Curtis, but with players changing positions and incoming freshmen, it's way too early to make that determination. Curtis, FWIW, was 1-0 with a 4.29 ERA last year.

Whoever is the choice, Jordano gets a good start on next season with Wotherspoon's return.

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