It might take a few weeks for every single Atlanta Braves fan to move forward from the disappointing ending to the 2013 season. When they do however most will be excited about the team the Braves will throw out there in 2014. One area that will get fans excited will definitely be the pitching staff. Even if they do not bring back Tim Hudson for one more season, the Braves have a stacked and young starting rotation. Even with a load of talented starters there is going to be one man that will be leading the Braves on Opening Day. I think that man should be Mike Minor.
Right now, so soon after the end of the 2013 season, I think Fredi Gonzalez should go ahead and announce it today. Minor assumed leadership of this pitching staff when Hudson was injured and he was one of the best starters in the game for a while before struggles reached him down the stretch. Even after struggling then, Minor provided a fabulous performance in the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Unfortunately he did not get the chance to outpitch anyone in game five.
That doesn’t matter now however. The rotation seems to be really set up for the most part. Minor will be the ace of the staff along with Kris Medlen and Julio Teheran. Brandon Beachey will hopefully be back fully healthy by the spring and we can assume Alex Wood will make a run at a rotation spot. That looks like a hot rotation even if it does not include Hudson. With all of that talent, Minor should still get the not as the leading starter because he earned that title this season.