Atlanta Braves 2012: Power Ranking Braves Starting Pitchers Post Trade Deadline

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Atlanta Braves 2012: Power Ranking Braves Starting Pitchers Post Trade Deadline
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Coming into the 2012 season, chatter surrounding the Braves mostly dealt with the strong group of pitchers Atlanta had assembled.

They talked about Tim Hudson, the grizzled veteran who would anchor the group.

They talked about Tommy Hanson, ready to break out and become an ace.

They talked about Jair Jurrjens, fresh off a year that saw him post a first-half ERA of 1.87.

They talked about Brandon Beachy, the kid from Kokomo that surprised everyone and became perhaps Atlanta's best pitcher.

They talked about the promise of Mike Minor, Randall Delgado, and Julio Teheran, the trio that hoped to turn "the future of the rotation" into the present.

Unfortunately, it hasn't exactly panned out quite that way.  

Hanson has regressed, Beachy's season ended prematurely with a visit to Dr. James Andrews, Minor has pitched terribly until recently, inconsistency has cost Delgado a spot in the rotation, Teheran has had the worst season of his minor league career, and when he's not been injured, Jair Jurrjens has seen a fair amount of time being demoted to the minors.

I'm keeping the glass half-full, though.  There have, in fact, been positives in the Atlanta rotation this year, and I am going to highlight the positive in each of the power ranking profiles to follow.  

I understand you're not going to agree with me; I welcome it.  Let's hash it out in the comments below.  Just understand that power rankings are temporary, and are due to change with time.

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