Let’s look at the potential minor league landing spots for the young pitchers acquired and also their ETA for Atlanta.
Mike Foltynewicz – RHP - 23 years old – will likely start out at Triple-A but is not far away. Will he refine his command to stay in a rotation or become a flame-throwing closer? ETA: 2015.
Andrew Thurman – RHP – 23 years old – Since he was a college pitcher in Low-A last year, the Braves may push him to AA to start 2015. He’ll definitely be there at some point this season. ETA: 2017.
Ricardo Sanchez – LHP – will be 18 years old in April – Pitched in the equivalent of the GCL last year for the Angels. Will the Braves keep him to go to Danville or be tempted to send him to Rome? ETA: 2018
Manny Banuelos – LHP – will be 24 years old in March – Would it be better to see him get significant innings in AAA? Yes. Will he pitch in Atlanta in 2015? Yes. ETA: 2015.
Max Fried – LHP – Turns 21 next Wednesday – Will be out all of 2015 with TJ. Could start 2016 in either High-A or Double-A. ETA: Late 2017
Aaron Kurcz – RHP – 24 years old – After missing 2013 with TJ, he pitched 34 games in AA. So he could start back in AA or go up to AAA. A reliever with promise. ETA: 2016.
Tyrell Jenkins – RHP – 22 years old – Needs to go up to AA after 13 starts in High-A last season and a good appearance in the Arizona Fall League. ETA: 2017.
Arodys Vizcaino – RHP – 24 years old – Still young and showed great velo late last season after finally being past the TJ. Will compete for a job in the Atlanta bullpen this March. ETA:2015
Zach Quintana - RHP – Turns 21 years old in April – Don’t forget about him. A third rounder in 2012 acquired for Kyle Wren. Might go in the Carolina rotation in High-A. ETA: 2018.
That’s nine young pitchers between the ages of 18 and 24. Also, the Braves went after pitchers that had been pretty high draft picks.
2010 Draft – Foltynewicz (19th pick in the 1st round) and Jenkins (50th pick in the 1st round)
2011 Draft – Kurcz (11th round pick)
2012 Draft – Fried (7th pick in the 1st round) and Quintana (3rd round pick)
2013 Draft – Thurman (2nd round pick)
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