Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Last year, the Blue Jays already had a great pitching staff on paper to start the year.
They had the makings of a young ace, Ricky Romero, despite what turned out to be a terrible season for the left hander, as well as a possibly injury riddled one.
Brandon Morrow, who is often forgotten when people look back at the 2012 season, was on the road to a very successful season for the Jays. He already had three complete game shutouts before straining his oblique in June.
Drew Hutchison, a 21-year-old who shot up through the minor league system in the last two years unlike most, was having a great rookie season as a fifth starter for the Jays. However, those aspirations were derailed by trouble with his right ulnar collateral ligament sprain, and he was sidelined after 11 starts.
Sergio Santos, who had a 30 save season in 2011 for the White Sox, was poised to serve up another season of ninth inning success before he went down with a shoulder injury in late April.
Aside from Hutchison, these players should be ready to go in 2013. If you add Josh Johnson alone to this rotation, let alone the veteran Mark Buehrle, chances are you're going to have one of the most successful rotations in baseball. There should be no reason why the Blue Jays won't be competitive virtually every night of the 2013 season.