Frankie Montas and Sean Manaea should get a lot of praise in the Oakland rotation, but there’s a young lefty that will push them for the “ace” label. Jesús Luzardo is a dynamic young southpaw that flashed extended moments of brilliance this spring before COVID-19 halted, well, the world. We saw a glimpse of what could be last year, when the Athletics brought Luzardo up to help anchor the bullpen down the stretch. He notched two saves, and in 12 innings of work, he posted a 1.50 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and a lofty 34.8 percent strikeout rate. Excellent. Now, he gets a crack at the Oakland rotation, and he’s ready to provide the statistical return to live up to his lofty prospect ranking.

Luzardo has a four pitch repertoire, and last year, he used each pitch at least 20 percent of the time, well if we are generous with the rounding rule on his changeup (19.35 percent per Brooks Baseball). His sinker and change do a good job of inducing ground balls, and his curveball was hardly put in...