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Atlanta Braves’ Top 5 Pitchers Of Early Spring

Top 5 Pitchers Of Early Spring For The Atlanta Braves

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It's been a tough spring for Atlanta Braves pitchers. The team has lost Kris Medlen and possibly Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery and a few of their regulars in the bullpen have been hit hard. However, the team has a lot to look forward to when it comes to their 2014 pitching. There is a ton of talent in still the best bullpen in baseball and young guys ready to take over. With that, there have been a few guys pitch very well to this spring.

5. Craig Kimbrel

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5. Craig Kimbrel

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Possibly the best pitcher on the entire roster, Kimbrel has been good this spring. He's given up one run in seven innings pitched and struck out seven batters. He'd be higher on the list if he hasn't given up seven total hits and three walks in the time he has pitched. Expect Kimbrel to turn it on when the regular season starts and be even better than he is now.

4. Luis Avilan

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4. Luis Avilan

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He may be the only left-handed pitcher in the bullpen for a piece of the season, but if he continues to perform like he has to this point, there is nothing to worry about. He's yet to give up a run in 6.2 innings pitched, allowing only four hits. Not a big strikeout pitcher, he's only sent three batters to the dugout via strikeout, and he does have two walks. However, he's been quite good to this point and don't expect that to change at all.

3. David Carpenter

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3. David Carpenter

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What a pleasant surprise Carpenter has been since joining the team last season. This spring, in the same number of innings as Kimbrel, he's allowed one run on only three hits and one walk. He's struck out five batters, leaving his WHIP at a nice 0.57. Don't expect him to be THAT good in 2014, but he'll be one of the better arms out of the bullpen late in games.

2. Julio Teheran

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2. Julio Teheran

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With the injuries to Beachy and Medlen, it looks like Teheran is headed to be the opening day starter for the Braves. He's making sure that he leaves no doubt with his performance this spring. He's impressed everyone to this point with a 0.59 ERA in 13 innings, giving up one run on 11 hits. His 13 strikeouts also lead all starters, with one of those being former Brave Brian McCann.

1. Alex Wood

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1. Alex Wood

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Who expected this kind of performance from Wood, other than the Braves themselves? No earned runs in 14 innings with 12 strikeouts compared to only two walks and 11 hits. He's been pretty dominant so far, and he is giving the Braves every reason to believe that he can be a stud in their rotation for the remainder of the 2014 season. With the injuries to other starters, Wood will have to step up and pitch like this for the team to succeed.