The Atlanta Braves have a lot of new pieces in their 2017 rotation. What should we expect from the new rotation?
The Atlanta Braves have spent the better part of their off-season working hard to improve their rotation as they get ready to move into the new stadium. They have added three veteran arms in Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, and Jaime Garcia. That will add those three new names to the rotation that will be completed by Julio Teheran and a combination of young arms competing to fill the last spot in the rotation.
With the season coming up fast with catchers and pitchers reporting next month it is fair to start wondering what we should expect to see from this year’s rotation? The Braves have spent a lot of energy assuring the fans that they are building a system that is gearing up to compete for many years to come.
They have stuck with the plan and continued to stockpile young players opting out of attempting to acquire already established players like Chris Sale or Brian Dozier. While it is understandable that they were not willing to sell the farm for either player it is also very doubtful that a player of Sale’s talent level will be found within our own system.
The Braves made the right decision however, considering that the White Sox expected Dansby Swanson in any return package. They are building their team from the ground up keeping only Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran as building blocks two years ago. Fast forward two years and the Braves are beginning to get close to competing. While they may not be in the postseason chase the Braves look to be a team capable of playing .500 behind a solid veteran rotation. Here is what to expect from the Braves rotation in 2017.