With the recent rash of arm injuries across the MLB, it's hard to predict what a pitcher will do next season, let alone five years from now. This is the dilemma teams face when it comes time to offer up long-term, big-money contracts to starting pitchers.
It's really a guessing game as far as a pitcher's health is concerned, but projections can be made as to just how good a pitcher will be in five years, provided he does stay healthy.
What follows is a look at who could be fronting each MLB rotation five years from now, a mix of current stars, up-and-coming big league arms, top prospects and even the next Japanese phenom.
Are all of these guys going to wind up as staff aces five years from now? Probably not, as chances are that at least a few will fall off and a few more will be derailed by injury, but as things stand right now, the future looks awfully bright for these 30 arms.