Mariners starter makes impressive list as the best #3 starter in the league on D-List

MLB analyst, Mark DeRosa recognizes Logan Gilbert as top #3 start in the entire league.
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MLB Network analyst and former player Mark Derosa is one of the more knowledgeable voices on the flagship program, MLB Central. He often dives into extensive breakdowns on trending hitters and high-performing arms around the league in fun segments like the D-list. This week's D list focused on the best #3 starters in Major League Baseball. 

The list was a testament to the talent in both the American and National Leagues, featuring a diverse mix of players. Former Mariner Zack Littell claimed the fifth spot, while Toronto's Chris Bassitt (2), Philadelphia's Ranger Suarez (3), and newcomer Shota Imanaga (4) were also recognized. WithLogan Gilbert claiming DeRosa's top spot underscored the Mariners' depth. Co-host Robert Flores provided insightful comments after his partner revealed Gilbert's ranking.

"Isn't he a #1? At least on most teams, he would be an ace, right? Do the Mariners really have three aces?"

Robert Flores on Logan Gilbert

Gilbert, a former first-round pick, is definitely deserving due to a minuscule 0.78 WHIP through four starts, utilizing his newfound splitter (BAA .067) and elite extension (100th percentile).

He's been by far manager Scott Servais' most dependable starter this season, even with theteam's record run of seven consecutive quality starts in mind. It's amusing to think about the offseason rumors swirling around Gilbert as media pundits and fans clamored for robbing Peter to pay Paul philosophy to augment the offense by shipping the lanky righty out of town for hitters like Brendan Donovan, Dylan Carlson, and Lars Nootbar.

Gilbert is an instrumental piece for the 2023 roster and a piece of the core. Having the 26-year-old in a playoff series is an advantage because, as Flores noted, Gilbert is a defacto ace. 

Based on the park factors and current organizational model, pitching was and will always be the driving force for the Mariners' success. It's good to see Logan Gilbert, or, let's say, Walter, getting his flowers from national media like MLB Network and DeRosa. Long live Walter!