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Braves manager Brian Snitker has revealed who is in contention for the final two slots in the team’s rotation.
Snitker provided some insight into who may join Max Fried, Charlie Morton, and Ian Anderson in the Atlanta Braves rotation.
According to Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the final two slots in the rotation will probably come down to Kyle Wright, Huascar Ynoa, and Tucker Davidson. Kyle Muller and Spencer Strider are long shots for a rotation spot.
It appears the defending World Series champions will be keeping a close eye on Davidson, Wright, and Ynoa to see which two will fill in those last two rotation spot openings.
Braves rotation has clear contenders for final 2 spots
Wright, 26, was the club’s first-round draft pick in 2017. Wright spent most of 2021 in AAA. He did appear in 6.1 innings over two games with the Braves. Wright has been a late-season call-up for the Braves since 2018. Wright’s sinker pitch averages 93 mph with an active spin of 74 percent.
Ynoa, 23, pitched in 18 games in 2021, going 4-6 over 91 innings. He threw 100 strikeouts for Atlanta. His ERA was 4.05. Ynoa’s slider averages 85.1 mph with an active spin of 34 percent.
Davidson, 26, is a top prospect in the Braves organization drafted in the 19th round of the 2016 draft. He pitched 20 innings over four games in 2021. He struck out 18 batters and accumulated a 3.60 ERA. Davidson’s four-seam fastball averages 93 mph with an active spin of 90 percent.
According to Toscano’s reporting, “There could be roles for more pitchers than we think considering the Braves could get creative with their rotation when they open the season with 14 games in 14 days before their first off day.”
Sounds like Atlanta has a lot of work ahead of them.
Snitker and pitching coach Rick Kranitz will be keeping an eye on this trio over the coming days. The Braves will work to try to solidify their lineup, rotation, and bullpen as they work to repeat as World Champs.