By Kent Covington
For a second consecutive season, the Braves head into spring training uncertain of who their fifth starter will be. For some teams, this could be a problem. It could be an indication that a team possesses no more than 3 or 4 quality starters and must head to camp hoping some AAA journeyman or mid-level prospect will pleasantly surprise and lay claim to the job.
Not so in Atlanta.
RHP, Randall Delgado
The Braves have the opposite problem, if that’s what you want to call it. They have no fewer than nine—that’s right, NINE—viable starting rotation options. Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens and Brandon Beachy are locks for the ’12 rotation. That leaves five deserving young arms for just one job opening, which was created when veteran, Derek Lowe, was traded to Cleveland over the winter.
Kris Medlen was impressive in his 14 starts in 2010, going 5-0 with a 3.86 ERA before losing the remainder of the season to “Tommy John” surgery. Any team in Major League Baseba...