So who pitched well in the Grapefruit League, and who didn’t?
Cody Martin stands out as someone that deserves tremendous credit. He is as unheralded as you can get – a pitcher with ordinary stuff that simply gets batters out. Martin did not allow an earned run in four games this spring, with four hits allowed in nine innings, four walks and eight strikeouts.
Brady Feigl almost made the club with his outstanding spring training. The Braves feel he needs a bit more time, but they are convinced he is going to contribute this season. Feigl allowed only one earned run in 7.2 innings, with no walks and seven strikeouts. Expect to see him in Atlanta soon.
Jim Johnson showed great promise in his attempt to bounce back from a horrible 2014 season with Oakland and Detroit. Johnson had a 1.42 ERA, allowing only one earned run in 6.1 innings.
No problems for Craig Kimbrel this spring. The Braves’ closer had a 1.50 ERA in six outings, with eight strikeouts.
Eric Stults was outstanding in his six starts, posting a 1.88 ERA with 23 hits allowed in 24 innings. The performance won him a job as Atlanta’s fourth starter.
Luis Avilan quieted some fears about his ability with a strong Grapefruit League, as he had an ERA of 2.00 in nine games. Avilan allowed two earned runs on eight hits in nine innings.
Newcomer Jason Grilli got off to a fine start with the Braves with an ERA of 2.25 in eight games. Grilli had 11 strikeouts and did not walk a batter. Opponents hit just .194 against him this spring.
Wandy Rodriguez was impressive in his six outings. The lefty, who has since been released, had a 3.13 ERA in six starts. His strikeout numbers were solid, as he had 23 in 23 innings. But the Braves were just too concerned about his ability to stay healthy for an extended period of time.
Michael Kohn struggled with his control this spring, which got him demoted to the minors. The Braves hoped Kohn would win a job in the Atlanta bullpen, but his eight walks in 8.1 innings scared them away.
Alex Wood (3.66) and Shelby Miller (3.86) both did well this spring. Both worked on different things to prepare for the season, but their numbers were solid.
Some players made an impression even with so-so statistics. Aaron Kurcz, who was acquired from the Red Sox for Anthony Varvaro, had a 4.26 ERA but showed great stuff in his nine appearances. Kurcz will be followed closely by the front office. He had nine strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
The pitcher that stands out with bad stats was Julio Teheran, who had an ERA of 8.00 in his five Grapefruit League starts. Teheran allowed 26 hits in 18 innings, with eight walks and 15 strikeouts. The Braves obviously need him to do better once the season starts Monday in Miami.
Juan Jaime made the Atlanta roster despite ordinary numbers in spring training. Jaime, who had a 5.19 ERA in nine games, walked 11 batters and struck out nine in 8.2 innings. But he showed good stuff, particularly later in camp and got a job in Atlanta’s bullpen. It helped his case that he was out of options and the Braves did not want to lose him through waivers.
Mike Foltynewicz had a 5.84 ERA in his six games pitched. He looked great at times and then would look like he needs more work in the minor leagues in other appearances. The Braves are doing the right thing by giving him more work in Triple-A. But Foltynewicz showed why the Braves are so high on him, and if he does well in Gwinnett expect to see him in Atlanta sometime this summer.
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