At long last the wait is over; training camp is finally here!
Spring training has only just begun, but someone must have forgotten to tell the Atlanta Braves that; there's already some serious buzz going on in the Atlanta camp.
Note: all citations are courtesy of Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Upton Brothers Report
Atlanta's two prized offseason acquisitions have reported to camp and are already causing quite the buzz among their new teammates.
Neither Upton brother has scraped the ceiling of his enormous potential, but there is a consensus that they will push each other to new heights as teammates.
The keys to the Braves' season, the Upton brothers' immense talent is already showing in camp and giving Atlanta fans something to be excited about.
McCann Still Not Healthy
After initially being reported to likely miss the first couple months of the season, Brian McCann then set a target return date of Opening Day.
However, it has become more and more likely that McCann will likely miss the first couple weeks of the season.
Ensuring that McCann is completely healthy before resuming his career with the Braves will go a long way to improving the quality of McCann's season at the plate.
While the Upton brothers will be the biggest components to the Braves' 2013 success, McCann might be the difference between a very good Braves team and a Braves team that could bring a World Series home to Atlanta.
Teheran and Gilmartin to Battle for a Rotation Spot
It is no secret that Julio Teheran is the early favorite for the rotation spot vacated by Brandon Beachy due to his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
After a 2012 season that was characterized more by the downs than the ups, Teheran has regained his delivery and his swagger along with it.
Because of this, he will look to lock down a rotation spot in spring training and perhaps even force Atlanta to move Paul Maholm at the trade deadline.
However, to give Teheran a little extra motivation to train hard this Spring, Fredi Gonzalez has instituted a rotation battle between Teheran and southpaw Sean Gilmartin.
Teheran is far from a finished product, but if he displays the enormous potential he did two seasons ago (which he should), expect him to breeze through spring training and into the regular season with the big league club.
Stay tuned, Braves fans.