Braves’ Minor pushes his scoreless streak to 14 innings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A year ago on March 19, Mike Minor gave up four runs in six innings of a minor league game on the same day Brandon Beachy pitched five scoreless innings of one-hit ball against Detroit.

That was, for all intents and purposes, the day Minor lost the Braves No. 5 starter job.

One day shy of that anniversary, Minor all but officially secured a spot in this year’s opening day rotation with another crisp and convincing performance.

The left-hander allowed two hits and one walk with three strikeouts in five scoreless innings of a 2-2, 10-inning tie against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday at Champion Stadium, giving him 14 scoreless innings in four Grapefruit League starts.

“He’s been great, he really has,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’ve seen him give us good outing after good outing. You see the command, and you see his secondary pitches getting better and better and more consistent. I think he could throw almost any pitch at any time now.

“Hopefully that will continue when we break and go north.”

Minor has given up seven hits and five walks with 10 strikeouts in 14 innings, and his confident demeanor and mound presence have been just as encouraging for teammates and Braves officials as his repertoire of pitches and ball-strike ratio.

“Today they didn’t have a lot of their big hitters in their lineup, but I was still throwing and executing pitches,” Minor said. “I feel like if you execute your pitches you’re going to get anybody out.”

The 24-year-old Tennesse native came to camp ostensibly in a three-way competition with young prospects Julio Teheran, 21, and Randall Delgado, 22. There was one permanent opening in the rotation along with a temporary fill-in job until Tim Hudson completes his rehabilitation from back surgery. The veteran is expected to be on the disabled list until around May 1.

General manager Frank Wren said early on that Minor was the incumbent and had advantages over the other two – he’s left-handed (the only Braves starter who is) and more experienced and proven at the big-league level. All things being equal, it was assumed the fifth-starter job would be his.

All things haven’t been equal. He’s outpitched those two as well as the trio of returning starters – Jair Jurrjens, Beachy and Tommy Hanson, who has made only two starts after missing more than a week with a concussion. Minor has pitched efficiently with catchers Brian McCann and backup David Ross, and on Sunday he shone again with minor leaguer J.C. Boscan behind the plate.

After a two-out double by Nick Johnson in the first inning, Minor retired the next eight batters. He gave up a Johnson walk and Wilson Betemit single in the fourth, then induced a double-play grounder by Ronny Paulino.

Minor and Boscan worked on the curveball, Minor’s third-best pitch after his fastball and changeup.

“Early on they were swinging at it when it was in the dirt,” he said. “Later on they were kind of taking it a little bit more, but then I just threw change-ups and they had to respect change-ups as well as the fastball and not lean on one pitch or the other. I felt like me and Boscan mixed it up pretty well.”

Teheran and Delgado are left to compete for the fill-in spot while Hudson is away, and Minor figures to have a permanent spot this season if he pitches anywhere near as effectively as he has in spring training. He said he still has work to do before the season begins including getting his pitch count up to 75 or 80, which he could do in six innings next time out in his next-to-last start of spring.

111 comments Add your comment

toptencane

March 18th, 2012
5:41 pm

Steve

March 18th, 2012
5:54 pm

toptencane I assure you nobody cares if you are “first.” get a life.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
5:58 pm

Come on guys, play nice,a lady? is present.

Justin

March 18th, 2012
6:00 pm

Glad to hear Minor is still rolling. Beachy seems to be on the right track after his start yesterday. Wish they’d give Medlen more consideration for a starting role, instead of just going with incumbents (Hanson/Jurrjens) or over-hyped prospects (Delgado/Teheran). Results now are what’s important, not past performance or “potential”.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
6:07 pm

JUSTIN,I might agree with you except that Medlen will be used to take the pressure off of the big 3.

DE Braves Fan

March 18th, 2012
6:07 pm

Seriously Justin? You lost all creibility when you said Medlen should start over JJ or Hanson. Tough to say Delgado and Teheran are overhyped too. You clearly never saw Delgado pitch late last season as well. They want to ease Medlen into his workload clearly. Why dont you people understand that? He may make a spot start here or there (obviously or else they would not work on stretching him out) but they do not want him to start every 5th day.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
6:16 pm

Hello De Braves Fan, I think i have talked to you before. Anyway I completely agree with you.

fordcobra

March 18th, 2012
6:27 pm

From what I have seen from JJ this camp he should be called Nay Nay

John

March 18th, 2012
6:33 pm

Now why would someone masQUERade as a female on a male dominated blog?

southgabrave

March 18th, 2012
6:34 pm

The fifth starter will only have start 3 times by second week of April. There numerious off days by then, so Medlen would pitch in the fifth spot that often and is clearly a better choice at this time than Teheran and Delgado. As for JJ and Hanson, JJ has not done much and Hanson may or may not be ready, not yet anyway. The 5 spots should go to (in particular order) JJ, Hanson, Beachy, Minor and Medlan in the bullpen with the occasional 5th spot start until Huddy comes back in April. Now that could change, ST is not over yet.

Lobosolo

March 18th, 2012
6:38 pm

You haven’t seen anything more than what you read in the newspaper, fordcobra, and if you have watched Jurrjens, it’s been for two innings or so from the seat of your pants in front of the boob (so appropriately named) tube… how that makes you an expert on pitching or even in a position to know what Jurrjens (or any player, for that matter) are working on in any given start is beyond reason… also, where are all of the other self-appointed baseball geniuses who carped about Minor before the grapefruit season even began? Could we please get some knowledgable fans on these blogs?

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
6:41 pm

John, Who said i was masquerading? Since when is it male dominating.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
7:06 pm

Lobosolo, Who made you such a knowledge guy? Everyone is just giving their opinion. Calm down. My opinion is that JJ and Hanson will both be fine and ready to start season.

Norcross

March 18th, 2012
7:18 pm

I have a man crush on Minor.

Norcross

March 18th, 2012
7:18 pm

Until he messes up.

Norcross

March 18th, 2012
7:19 pm

I suck at life. So do the Phillies. And any team who does better than the Braves.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
7:20 pm

Wow how bad is it. Do we need to get you some help?

Norcross

March 18th, 2012
7:22 pm

Lobosolo bores the s*** out of me. Literally. Is it still St. Pattys day?

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
7:27 pm

Why does he bore you? No St Patty yesterday. Are you Irish? I have red hair, but not Irish.

toptencane

March 18th, 2012
7:36 pm

Got one Steve, just couldn’t resist the first thing. Great news on Minor One of my favorites.

Mark (another one)

March 18th, 2012
7:46 pm

From my previous posts, it’s obvious I am a Medlen fan. That said, I think Fredi wants to put the best lineup out there to win. I value Medlen’s versitility and he is obviously in the Braves plans.

JJ, Beachy, Hanson, and Hudson are proven at the major league level, and Minor is shining. That doesn’t leave much room for anyone else. The only opportunity is to be Hudson’s fill-in, and that is a short term role. Once he returns, Delgado and Teheran will be back in AAA and Medlen will be in the pen.

Norcross

March 18th, 2012
7:52 pm

Because boring bores me. Quarter Irish. I like alcohol. And mushrooms.

Felix 17

March 18th, 2012
9:08 pm

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
9:14 pm

What about September Felix?

Justin

March 18th, 2012
9:47 pm

Wow, well, I got jumped all over…lol. Zero proof that JJ will return to form – same with Hanson. You go with the hot hand, that’s how you win games now. There will be plenty of ‘pen help to “take the load” off the big 3 – it’s not like we have Proctor and Linebrink in there this year. Even guys on the team agree that Medlen should be starting – I’m sure guys there IN CAMP seeing guys pitching first hand (i.e., the CATCHERS) know better than you, Sam and DE.

picturetaker12

March 18th, 2012
9:48 pm

If I lived in atl, I’d go bar hopping and look for samantha. I think she is a bartender. Any female that can talk that good a game must do it for a living.

picturetaker12

March 18th, 2012
9:49 pm

Are you there Samantha?

Fred

March 18th, 2012
9:59 pm

Hi Samantha,

I Like you. I like you a lot. You make me feel tingly down there. In my tinky. Wanna play doctor? I’ll be the gynecologist and you can be my patient.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
10:01 pm

Close picturetaker12. Actually I’m a prostitute. I start at $100 to let you massage my feet and suck on my toes.

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March 18th, 2012
10:08 pm

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Samantha

March 18th, 2012
10:10 pm

I am not a bartender Only 19. Iam not a prostitute, You can try again but i have no idea why my profession makes a difference. I am 19, 5ft 5in Red hair and green eyes. Does that help?

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
10:18 pm

I scared you off.

picturetaker12

March 18th, 2012
11:05 pm

I know….you are either a Braves or Hawks cheerleader/dancer.

garynpohio

March 18th, 2012
11:38 pm

5′5″ red hair green eyes and can blog well on the braves. hmmm, makes me think of the scene from inglorious bastards in which aldo the apache says if something seems to good to be true, it probaly is.

fine movie, but then most Tarantino films are a work of art IMO

bravesgrl4life

March 19th, 2012
5:23 am

The Braves blog is not male dominated. There are several of us ladies that have been on the blog for years now. And we can talk baseball better than some of the boys, thank you very much!

[...] Minor pushes his scoreless streak to 14 innings [...]

Rufus

March 19th, 2012
7:46 am

way to go ladies.

Rufus

March 19th, 2012
7:48 am

5 4 3 2 1 give the ladies six.

Larry

March 19th, 2012
8:07 am

Folks, just ignore Lobo dodo. He’s a bipolar, pinheaded twit that on his north pole pretends to be baseball knowledgeable and on his south pole hates anyone’s comments but is own.

As for Minor, I called it before the spring training infield dirt saw its first cleat imprint. Beachy, Minor (our new Steve Avery) and Medlen were the most advanced of the younger pitchers. I think Delgado is a better pro prospect that Teheran and I think both JJ and Hanson losing 3-4 MPH off their fastballs have rendered them average at best starting material.

My starting rotation would have been:

Beachy (opening day starter)
Minor
Medlen
Hanson
Delgado

When Huddy returns, let him take the spot of Delgado or Hanson, whichever is struggling. Put JJ in the pin instead of Medlen and hope he does well enough for another starting shot or gets good enough to trade…I think, however, it is too late to trade either JJ or Hanson as I believe neither is going to improve much over their horrid 2nd half last year and this spring.

Now, watch how Fruiti just completely screw this all up in about two weeks!

Larry

March 19th, 2012
8:11 am

Rufus,

I think half of these “ladies” on here are bogus hard-up dudes or girls but there just may be in fact a true lady or a kid on here so how about chilling it with the slime talk.

Be a gentleman and show come class and decency.

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
9:08 am

Good morning everyone, Go braves

DePort

March 19th, 2012
9:11 am

Did this turn into a dating website? Come on man!

DePort

March 19th, 2012
9:13 am

JJ in the pen? He was our best picture last season and when he gets his legs under him he will be again. JJ has done nothin but work his butt off for the Braves and you fans throw him under the bus like no other… Can anyone see that we fell off last year because JJ was not in the line up?

DePort

March 19th, 2012
9:14 am

Pitcher* not picture … its Monday.. forgive me

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
9:14 am

No it did not. If you want to talk baseball,I am ready

Adrian

March 19th, 2012
9:16 am

Well said Larry…

I’m a huge Medlen fan and would love to see him in the rotation, but there is no room. He will be a great asset in the pen and can make a spot start when needed.

We are going to end up trading at least one arm this year to land another bat. I just hope we keep Minor, Beachy, Teheran, Delgado and Hanson. I think Vizcaino has a high ceiling and we can get something nice in return for him.

It’s always nice to have a surplus of young arms!

DePort

March 19th, 2012
9:19 am

Another “fan” who turned their back on JJ…

Adrian

March 19th, 2012
9:22 am

JJ makes me nervous. I like him, but I don’t want to have to rely on him as a top starter in our rotation this year. Move him to 4th or 5th starter and keep trading him as an option if needed.

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
9:22 am

I agree. Medlen is to valuable to put in rotation.He is protection for the final 3. My bullpen,, big 3, Medlen, Guerrin, Fish, Varvaro, Martinez. Do you agree?

Adrian

March 19th, 2012
9:24 am

In my opinion, it does not diminish your “fan” status if you lose confidence in a player.

Adrian

March 19th, 2012
9:28 am

I haven’t seen much of Fish. I like Guerrin- he has good stuff and we can create some mis-matches with him.

Big 3, Vizcaino, Medlen, Teheran, Delgado sounds great to me.

DePort

March 19th, 2012
9:30 am

There is not a player in that line up besides Hudson that has done more for the Braves than JJ… He did not make the All Star game for no reason… but there is not one person on here that supports him…

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
9:39 am

I very much support JJ. If I was doing it, he would be my opening day starter.

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
9:41 am

Adrtan, I feel that TEHARAN and Delgado should start in minors

Bobo is Not the Problem

March 19th, 2012
9:44 am

I love it. If a player does good, he “all but secures a spot.” If a player does bad, fans say “it’s only spring.” Eternally-fooling-themselves-optimists.

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
9:53 am

Have confidence and patience, Bobo. Be back in 15

Adrian

March 19th, 2012
9:54 am

I’d have both Teheran and Delgado in the pen to start the season.

They need more experience because they both will eventually be in our rotation. It’s a long season and Huddy is coming back from injury, JJ is coming back from injury and now Hanson had his bell rung to start off the year. Keep the young guns up with the team because more than likely we will need to rely heavily on them this year.

Don’t get me wrong, I like JJ and he has contributed a LOT since he joined the team, but he is not a sure thing to stay healthy (to that point, no one is). If a team approached with a strong trade deal for him, I would pull the trigger.

Let the bashing ensue… lol

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
10:19 am

I respect your opinion Adrian, But I feel that relieving wont get them ready when we need them

Larry

March 19th, 2012
10:32 am

DePort,

This isn’t about turning a back on JJ; this is an opinion blog and opinions differ. Maybe you’ll be right about JJ; maybe you won’t!

As many astute talent evaluators stated, JJ was mostly “smoke & mirrors” the first half of last season getting by with only deception. Those same people, me among them, were right in predicting he would be exposed in the 2nd half when those same hitters came around again.

Why? Simple! Like Hanson, somehow he has lost the 3-4 mph off his fastball that he could get by those same hitters that now sit on his breaking stuff. They do not fear his 87-89 MPH, batting practice fastball. And if JJ and Hanson do not recover their fastballs, look for an average–or worse–2012, and thus a slow descent in, and ultimate removal from, the starting rotation.

Three years ago JJ was in the 92-93 range on the high end of his fastball while Hanson came in in the 94-95 range with an occasional 96-97 shot. Both have lost the velocity that made their other pitches so effective
.

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
10:37 am

morning Larry, Thank you for your kind words. BTW I am a woman.

Adrian

March 19th, 2012
10:40 am

Good point about the loss in velocity for JJ and Hanson. I remember Hanson throwing mid to upper 90’s in the minors. I thought he dialed it back a little for more control in the bigs, but the drop off in velocity has adversly impacted his other pitches. His fastball doesn’t have much movement, so I’d rather see him wing it harder and rely on the change of speeds more than location.

I thought that JJ took some velocity off after learning to throw the sinker which I can respect, but it seems like he used to be able to reach back and throw one by a hitter in the past when needed and I don’t think he has that option anymore. Hope I’m wrong about that.

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
10:46 am

Be back in about 60

DePort

March 19th, 2012
10:48 am

How was JJ exposed? He was lights out until he got injured… how does an injury expose him? And three years ago JJ threw wildly and had no control on his fastball. He slowed his fastball down to hit the spots better…no one is talking about Minors fastball … its not much different.

Adrian

March 19th, 2012
10:57 am

DePort-

I’ll agree that the injury derailed JJ, but I don’t remember his control being that bad when he was throwing low-mid 90’s.

No one is talking about Minor’s fastball because no one is really concerned about it. He’s not going to blow away hitters- he is going to hit his spots with the FB and work off speed to keep them off-balance. He is and has always been a finese pitcher who keeps hitters off-balance.

DePort

March 19th, 2012
11:03 am

That is what im saying. That JJ was trying to control his pitches more and hit his spots than wildly throw his fastball. Yes he has lost alittle velocity but I think a high 90s fastball is over rated unless your in the bullpen.

Adrian

March 19th, 2012
11:08 am

I’m just worried that he can’t heat it up anymore. Control and movement are great assets and being able to reach back and throw one 94 or 95 on occasion really creates problems for hitters.

Larry

March 19th, 2012
11:11 am

DePort,

Put aside the past for a moment…

JJ has been nothing short of awful since last July, and now his awfulness has continued through this spring–months removed from his “injury” of which he has had ample time to recover. So, what is it about his performance since last July through today that warrants him to be in the realm of discussion as an opening day starter, or a starter at all?

MLB is a business, not an amateur sport or group therapy. He doesn’t know it, but Fruiti’s job number 1 is to play the best possible players on the field and make the best possible decisions to win more games than his division opponents. Remember, we missed by one lousy win out of 162 opportunities to make the postseason last year, and many of those losses can be traced to Fruiti’s fruitiness.

JJ is NOT one of our best starting pitching options right now…look at his spring era as evidence number one. I wouldn’t pop a vessel if Fruiti pencils him for a game or two as a 4th or 5th starter, but if that dimwit starts him on opening day he should be fired the moment he announces this utterly stupid decision.

Adrian

March 19th, 2012
11:11 am

And with his being injured, especially his leg/knee, I don’t see him getting that velocity back anytime soon. I heard that he has a noticable limp when he walks now. I am very worried about his knee holding up this year.

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
11:42 am

Heisenberg

March 19th, 2012
11:44 am

Count me in as a Medlen fan. Right now looks like 2nd best starter in camp behind Minor. FG needs to get over the names, prospect ratings, salary, & whatever else and just put the 5 best guys in the rotation. But even if he starts with Meds in BP, it will not be long before someone gets hurt and Meds should get his shot.

I remain steadfast IMHO that JJ & Hansen need to be moved as soon as they look healthy enough to get a good value in return. They sealed their fate when they made a deal with the devil to be their agent.

Random

March 19th, 2012
11:46 am

DOB: “Teheran and Delgado are left to compete for the fill-in spot while Hudson is away, and Minor figures to have a permanent spot this season if he pitches anywhere near as effectively as he has in spring training.”

Both Delgado and Teheran will start the season in Gwinnett.

Braves will leave camp with 12 pitchers on their ML roster — 4 “starters” and 8 “bullpen”.

Starters = Jurrjens, Hanson, Beachy and Minor.

Bullpen = Kimbrel, Venters, O’Flaherty, Martinez, Gearrin, Ascencio, Fish and Medlen. Ascencio will not have to pass through waivers, and Fish will not be returned to the Angels.

Medlen will fill in as the fifth starter on the rare occasions that a 5th starter is needed in April.

When Hudson returns, we’ll see who goes down at that time.

Chipper Moans

March 19th, 2012
11:50 am

Could any of you ladies post a picture of yourselves in a Hooter’s uniform… just ask’in.

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
11:51 am

Let me take a shot at 25 man roster. Mind you now this is just my opinion. Bourne Prado Chipper, Mccann Uggla Freeman Heyward Pastornicky Ross Hinske Diaz Durango Sutton JJ Hanson Minor Beachy Hudson Kimbrell Venters Oflaherty Medlen Guerren Fish Martinez. What do you think?

pat

March 19th, 2012
11:57 am

Things appear to be looking up. The past few days have improved my out look on the team.
I still want to see more small ball and more pressure on the sacks. I don’t know why we should give defenses a break, make ‘em work.

Heisenberg

March 19th, 2012
12:00 pm

Samantha, I would replace Durango with Parraz (though both have made a strong case). And if Wilson is healthy, Sutton will not be there.

Random, your logic with the 5th starter makes sense. But since when does logic count in these things?

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
12:01 pm

Dont own one Chipper moans Lets just talk baseball.

pat

March 19th, 2012
12:02 pm

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
12:03 pm

Heisenberg, The only reason I picked Durango over Parraz is because of defense.

pat

March 19th, 2012
12:06 pm

Criusing for snatch on a baseball forum is desperate and wrong on so many levels…Ever heard of Craig’s List?

Heisenberg

March 19th, 2012
12:10 pm

Defense? When was the last time Parraz made an err……….wait – nevermind.

David O'Brien

March 19th, 2012
12:27 pm

Random: Four starters doesn’t work because of the early schedule. Gotta have five or have one go on short rest, which I don’t see them doing right out of the gate.

Richie

March 19th, 2012
12:30 pm

Glad to hear Minor is doing well. Just last year soooo many people wanted the Braves to trade him for Beltran, Pence, a bag of baseballs…Also glad he has taken steps to back up his early spring training words.

TheOnlyBravesFan

March 19th, 2012
12:39 pm

Samantha, I kinda agree with your 25 man roster, but I think Wilson will be ready opening day, so I’d swap him for Durango.

DOB, great point about the rotation. I don’t see a 4-man rotation coming. Unless Teheran or Delgado are solid from here out, I expect Medlen to start the year in the rotation.

Heisenberg

March 19th, 2012
12:45 pm

Hey wait a minute folks. Remember last year when everybody got caught up with projecting the playoff roster then Braves failed to make playoffs? First make sure we have qualified for the regular season and not put the jinx on it.

Thank you. I will be here all week. Please be sure to tip your servers.

Jake Mastroianni

March 19th, 2012
12:50 pm

Norcross

March 19th, 2012
1:30 pm

Damn Samatha, whats with the weird people hitting on you on a Braves blog? I’m weird but at least I don’t wanna suck you toes.

DePort

March 19th, 2012
1:33 pm

Larry,

Couldn’t you say the same thing about Hanson? He went out about the same time and has not shown anything this spring either. What other options do we have right now? Hudson is out and Hanson is behind some in spring training. Shouldnt we have the most experience pitcher start opening day? You really considering starting Minor (though he has pitched great this ST) on opening day? Teharan or Delgado ? There is no one else!

Kobie

March 19th, 2012
1:37 pm

Why is everyone so concerned with whether JJ can throw low to mid 90’s on his fastball? Baseball is more than just throwing the heat out there everytime. How many young studs come up with blazing power but cannot hit their spots. As long as JJ can hit his spots with the fastball and has his oft speed pitches working he will be fine. The 2nd half of last year he was actually hurt and the knee injury is a critical one for a pitcher. Baseball is about location. Livan Hernandez made a living off the Braves with his oft speed repertoire and hitting his spots. He has not thrown in the 90’s in years but sticks around because of location. Spring training is for tinkering and getting ready. Let’s at least give JJ and Hanson time to prove themselves again in the regular season because when they are on they can be dominant. Calm down all the gloom and doom.

LawDawg

March 19th, 2012
2:12 pm

Well this is the strangest (not in a good way) comment thread ever. I assume there is one person playing a number of “roles”, because there is no way there are this many people who think that Hudson and Jurrjens should be in AAA.

DePort

March 19th, 2012
2:19 pm

Thanks Kobe… I agree

Kobie

March 19th, 2012
2:19 pm

LawDawg, my point exactly. Anyone who knows anything about baseball would understand that being hurt is what cost JJ and Hanson last year. Baseball fans who are actually fans and have baseball knowledge understand that spring training stats do not amount to much. You don’t just send established starters to the minors if they are not hurt or something. Give these players time.

Kobie

March 19th, 2012
2:24 pm

DePort, all of your points were dead on. You don’t start Minor opening day because of hot Spring Training. JJ makes the most sense being he is the most experienced and before he got hurt he was very good. No need in putting Minor or Beachy out there in that moment yet.

Norcross

March 19th, 2012
2:28 pm

Come on Larry. How are you going to say Hanson is average at best? Very dumb comment.

Random

March 19th, 2012
2:36 pm

David O’Brien (March 19th, 2012 12:27 pm): “Random: Four starters doesn’t work because of the early schedule. Gotta have five or have one go on short rest, which I don’t see them doing right out of the gate.”

As I said, “Medlen will fill in as the fifth starter on the rare occasions that a 5th starter is needed in April.”

It’d be silly and self-defeating to carry either Teheran or Delgado as a “fifth” satrter for the 3 or so starts they’ll make before Hudson returns. Each has shown himself to need more work at this point. They could get that regularly in Gwinnett.

If the Braves don’t want to call Medlen a “starter”, they don’t have to. Simply use him in the role which they have already stated was his — “spot starter” and long relief. Three spot satarts in Apr for Hudson.

Or do you consider such roster maneuverings not worth it to either avoid returning Fish to the Angels (how good is he? how good could he be?) or exposing Ascencio or Martinez to a waiver claim (how good, etc)?

Adrian

March 19th, 2012
2:36 pm

Please explain why being the opening day starter is such a big deal. It is 1 out of 162 games. Sure there is the tag line of opening day starter, but it’s really not important- the game counts just the same as the other 161 we play. I would have no problem starting any pitcher in our starting rotation opening day.

Random

March 19th, 2012
2:48 pm

@ Samantha (March 19th, 2012 11:51 am) — Hudson will sart Apr on the 15-day DL, not on the 25-man ML roster.

@ Heisenberg (March 19th, 2012 12:00 pm) –

Thanks!

Bier Breth

March 19th, 2012
4:30 pm

Random: typically, you don’t use your mop-up guy as a spot starter with advance notice. You convert him in an emergency. If you already know you need to fill in a starter spot, you plug in a guy who is stretched out. While Medlen may be stretched out, I think they seem to be seeing his value now more in the traditional mop-up role, until further notice. There’s no reason to NOT have Teheran start the season with the big team until Huddy comes back, so Medlen can stay in his role. If Hudson or another starter goes down for the count, then Medlen may more likely be converted.

Bier Breth

March 19th, 2012
4:30 pm

Random

March 19th, 2012
4:50 pm

@ Bier Breth (March 19th, 2012 4:30 pm) —

Number one — “typically”?

Number two — I believe you’re the only one who considers Medlen to be a “mop-up” pitcher. Certainly not the Braves, nor most here.

Number three — “If you already know you need to fill in a starter spot, you plug in a guy who is stretched out. While Medlen may be stretched out . . . “ Self-contradictory much?

Finally — “There’s no reason to NOT have Teheran start the season with the big team until Huddy comes back . . . “ Sure there is — (a) he hasn’t yet cut it to make the ML roster. (b) why have him ride the pine and langusih on the bench just so he’ll be there three times in April? He needs regular work

Now it may be that the Braves can coordinate his Gwinnett starts to fall such that the starts he might need to make for Hudson fall within a regular turn — seems like a lot to do for no real significant return.

Mitchell

March 19th, 2012
4:54 pm

Mikey Minor is quickly making his way to being one of “my boys.”

That is a difficult, select group to gain entrance to.

But there’s something special about that young man.

He’s right up there with Andrelton Simmons for me.

Yeah, he’s that good.

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