A look at the rotations

Where might newly-acquired Andrew Thurman fit in a Braves minor league rotation?

Let’s now take a look at how the Atlanta and minor league rotations could look in 2015.

ATLANTA
Julio Teheran
Shelby Miller
Alex Wood
Mike Minor
Wandy Rodriguez
Manny Banuelos
Mike Foltynewicz
Chien-Ming Wang
COMMENT: Rodriguez, Banuelos, Foltynewicz and Wang will fight it out for the fifth starter’s job. The losers go to Triple-A Gwinnett. Rodriguez will be the favorite to give the rotation a veteran. An outside candidate: Cody Martin.

GWINNETT
Manny Banuelos – Has 17 AAA starts over three different seasons
Mike Foltynewicz – Made 18 starts in AAA last year – has 562.2 career minor league innings
Chien-Ming Wang - Veteran who used to be really good for the Yankees
Cody Martin – 26 starts last year for Gwinnett
Daniel Rodriguez – 21 starts last year for Gwinnett
Greg Smith – Veteran (31 years old) who made 26 starts for Lehigh Valley in AAA last season
Gus Schlosser – 15 starts last year for Gwinnett
Jake Brigham – Made 14 starts last year for Indianapolis in the International League
Ray Marimon – Made 15 starts last year for Omaha in the PCL (AAA)
Jason Hursh – Made 26 starts in AA last year so will the Braves send him back or promote him?
Williams Perez – Made 25 starts in AA last year so will the Braves send him back or promote him?
COMMENT: There’s nothing like a little competition. Perfect. It should be a strong rotation. The numbers could allow Hursh and Williams to return to AA.

MISSISSIPPI
Jason Hursh – 23 years old - had 148.1 productive innings in AA last year – Bullpen now or what?
Williams Perez – An under-the-radar prospect who turns 24 in May
Greg Ross – Made 12 starts last year in AA and did well – needs to be here – 25 years old
Tyrell Jenkins – He’s ready for AA after an impressive AFL performance – Turns 23 this July
Wes Parsons – Made 23 starts for Lynchburg so it’s time to go up to AA – 22 years old
Lucas Sims – Turns 21 in May – Had 28 starts for Lynchburg so he could go up to AA now
Jarrett Miller – Has had 53 starts in High-A so it’s either to AA rotation or the bullpen
Victor Mateo – Had 28 starts for AA Montgomery last year so he might even be a AAA candidate
Andrew Thurman – The numbers may put him in High-A, but he’s a college pitcher who is now 23
COMMENT: Lots of possibilities here. Hursh and Williams could both go up or stay in AA. Parsons and Sims should move on up to be tested. Others are veterans, or at least older pitchers.


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