Braves announce youthful Opening Day rotation

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Back in September, no Braves fan would have guessed that the rotation they are heading into the season with would look like it does today. However, injuries to Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman will allow the Braves to see which of their young arms is ready to take it to the next level.

Julio Teheran will once again be the Opening Day starter for the sixth straight season. Then, the Braves will pitch Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright to wrap up the series in Philly. Sean Newcomb and Max Fried, the lefties, will round up the rotation. Though impressive in a small sample size last season, the team optioned Touki Toussaint to AAA after a rocky Spring Training.

Teheran is relying on his refound velocity holding up throughout the length of the season. He has looked outstanding in Spring Training action. Kyle Wright has impressed many, and after some time up in September last season and a standout Spring Training, he is ready to contribute to the rotation. The prospect out of Vandy may be the best of the bunch when it comes to the top pitching prospects, but do not sleep on Bryse Wilson, the surprising pick of this group. Wilson struggled a bit when reaching AAA and the majors, but has looked great in the Spring. The Braves are riding out the hot hand with the young starters and will schedule the three righties to take on Philadelphia’s right-hand heavy lineup.

Fried may provide some long relief to start out the season with the extra off days initially, as Teheran is scheduled to make his second start before Fried makes his first. Gausman will be back for the Marlins series.

The Braves have their hands full managing this rotation, but one of these young arms may be useful in the bullpen as the season goes on and the Braves get their starters back. For now, it will be fun to see some of their top prospects compete for a permanent rotation spot.

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