This continues my series where I predict the 2023 stats of each Braves player, moving onto Bryce Elder, who could be a much more impactful piece to the team than people anticipate. If you missed any of the previous editions to this series, follow the links below.
- Mike Soroka
- Travis d’Arnaud
- Sean Murphy
- Michael Harris II
- Marcell Ozuna
- Eddie Rosario
- Orlando Arcia
- Austin Riley
- Vaughn Grissom
- Ozzie Albies
- Matt Olson
- Ronald Acuña Jr.
- Max Fried
- Spencer Strider
- Kyle Wright
- Charlie Morton
- Ian Anderson
Bryce Elder 2023 Stat Predictions
I don’t think it is an argument. As far as starting pitching depth, nobody compares to the Braves. Max Fried and Spencer Strider are as potent as any one-two punch in baseball. Kyle Wright is fresh off a 21-win season. Charlie Morton is still really good, even if some Braves fans have already given up on him. But beyond those four, Atlanta has Ian Anderson, Mike Soroka, and Bryce Elder, who will all battle it out for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Most assume Anderson or Soroka will win the job out of Spring Training. That’s a fair bet, but Elder shouldn’t be counted out. He was incredible last year, especially to end the season, posting a 1.65 ERA and 2.41 FIP over his last five starts.
It does have to be taken into account that all of those five outings took place against the Marlins and Nationals, arguably the two worst offenses in baseball, but Elder proved he is MLB ready. Nothing would shock me. He could end up spending the entire season in the rotation, but at the very least, he’s a reliable next man up when someone goes down with injury.
The Braves are going to want to keep guys fresh. I think Elder makes anywhere from 10-20 starts next year. He’s not going to blow anyone away with his stuff, but the young man flat out knows how to pitch.
Bryce Elder 2023 Stat Predictions: 6-4, 3.74 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 7.5 K/9, 1.4 fWAR
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