Don't know if anyone saw this earlier this year but I thought it was an amazing stat: http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/tampa-bay-rays-news-and-notes-james-shields-to-end-starters-under-30/1223721
Prior to the beginning of this season, Tampa Bay ahdn't started a pitcher over 30 since 2006 (Jae Seo was exactly 30 for one start in 2007) - that's 896 straight games.
Could the DBacks be starting down a similar path now that Joe Saunders is gone?I'm sure everyone here is familiar with the names so I'll just list the likely contenders for the opening day roster for next year along with current season age:
IPK (27) - turns 30 during he 2014-15 offseason so if he starts the the 2015 season on the roster, this is would end, however given the large number of highly regarded pitching prospects, can't you see the DBacks letting IPK walk just as he gets expensive?
Cahill (24) - signed through 2015 , turns 30 just before the 2018 season
Miley (25) - under team control through 2017, turns 30 during 2016-17 offseason
Collmenter (26) - probably a long shot for the rotation but has recovered nicely from a poor start, turns 30 just before the 2016 season
Hudson (25) -under team control through 2016, turns 30 just before the 2017 season
Behind those 8, you have lurking in the minors guys like Archie Bradley (19) and David Holmberg (20) as well as some lesser regarded prospects who might turn into something (Charles Brewer (24) or Andrew Chafin (22) for example),
So. . . . I guess that doesn't really mean much. Just an observation that it could be a really young staff for a long, long time.