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Kris Medlen will get a chance to return to the rotation.
Expected to be one of the strengths of the team heading into the year, the starting rotation has been a bit of a disappointment this spring. Former All-Star Jair Jurrjens was bombed in each of his four starts, left-hander Mike Minor has been hit pretty hard and rookie Randall Delgado has been up and down this year.
The Braves have had a trio of pitchers doing well at the top of their rotation in Tommy Hanson, Tim Hudson and Brandon Beachy. One of the biggest keys to the season for the Braves is to find another pair of arms to fill in the rest of the rotation.
Jurrjens is showing some promise in the minors, though he has been up and down. Minor has pitched well at times, and did prove last year he can be a solid big league pitcher. Delgado has been the best of the guys in the big league rotation in this conversation, and he has at least shown the ability to get guys out in the majors. Each of these three guys has had success in a big league rotation in the past.
If that isn't good enough, Julio Teheran is one of the top prospects in baseball and though he has been up and down this year himself, he has elite potential. Then the Braves just sent key reliever Kris Medlen to the minors in order to stretch out his arm so that he can start again. Medlen hasn't started since before going for Tommy John Surgery in 2010, but he has had big league success.
The Braves have five internal options for their rotation along with enough talent in their farm system that they can afford to go out and make a deal before the trading deadline if necessary. It just seems like the Braves will eventually find the right pair of arms to fill in their rotation, in part because there is just too much talent not to.