How will the staffs look on Opening Day?

Here's a guess on how the pitching staffs and rotations might look on Opening Day and at the competitions still left to decide in the next week.

Here is a guess as to the competitions for pitching jobs in Atlanta and at the top four levels of the farm system.

Tim Hudson
Jair Jurrjens
Tommy Hanson
Derek Lowe
Kenshin Kawakami

Billy Wagner
Takashi Saito
Peter Moylan
Eric O'Flaherty
Kris Medlen
Jesse Chavez
Jo Jo Reyes
Scott Proctor – DL
NOTES: Reyes wins out over Venters and Kimbrel. The Braves want to see what Reyes can do as a reliever.

Todd Redmond
James Parr
Jonny Venters
Scott Diamond
Ryne Reynoso
NOTES: Kyle Cofield could still make the AAA rotation, but expect Reynoso and Diamond to make the jump first.

Craig Kimbrel
Manny Acosta (could be traded)
Mike Dunn
Jeff Lyman
Stephen Marek (might go back to AA)
Mariano Gomez
Vladimir Nunez
Francisley Bueno
Chris Resop
Jon Huber
Brett Butts
Luis Valdez (who knows where he is; no one seems to care)
NOTES: The Braves might try to trade Acosta. Lyman could go back to Mississippi, but he did well in camp and might need to go to on up to AAA. Bueno, Resop, and Huber might be fighting for one job. Butts could go back to start the season in Double-A.

Mike Minor
Kyle Cofield
Jose Ortegano
Erik Cordier
COMPETITION: Tim Gustafson could be put back in the rotation. One pitcher from Myrtle Beach (Jacob Thompson or Richard Sullivan) could jump up.

Cory Gearrin
Lee Hyde
Juan Abreu
Kevin Gunderson
Brett Butts
Tim Gustafson (again, could be in the rotation)
Deunte Heath (status unclear after Thursday arrest)
COMPETITION: Tommy Palica, Benny Pruneda, Mike Broadway, Rudy Darrow, and Pat Currin all hoping to move up from Myrtle Beach.

Randall Delgado
J.J. Hoover
Zeke Spruill
Cole Rohrbough
Richard Sullivan and/or Jacob Thompson

Julio Teheran
Arodys Vizcaino
Brett Oberholtzer
Chris Masters
Brett DeVall
Tyler Stovall
Matt Crim
David Hale
Carlos Perez
NOTES: Good luck figuring this out. Teheran and Vizcaino are locks. Oberholtzer and Masters were so good last year in Danville that they have to be in there. Then you have DeVall, who is back and now healthy. Stovall and Crim both deserve to be up there, too. Hale is a good prospect, and he needs to work on his pitches. And look at Carlos Perez. Yes, he's got a shot, but he's more likely to begin in Extended Spring Training and then will go up to Rome soon. Perez has been a pitcher who has really opened eyes in camp. This is depth beyond belief!

Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on WFSM Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, Georgia and The Braves Show Talk Show. Shanks writes a weekly column for The Macon Telegraph. Email Bill at and follow him on Twitter at

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