Braves Making the Team Meter 2010: Pitchers, Week 3

Making the Team Meter for the Atlanta Braves pitchers for week 3 of spring training follows what the pitchers have done the first two weeks of games. Go here for week 2 of the pitchers edition MTM. I went ahead and removed Juan Abreu from this list, and a few more will come off next week.

Player, Position This Week's Trend Last Week Notes and Comments
Manny Acosta, RHP
Okay, seriously, really, Manny has been pretty darn good this spring. 4 innings, 6 strikeouts, and only 1 hit and 1 walk. I hate to say it, but with Chavez and Dunn struggling, Manny's looking good to make the team.
Jesse Chavez, RHP
His stats look horrible so far this spring. He did have a decent outing last night, but it was by no means dominant. Nor did he look that confident on the mound. He has an option left, and I say his odds of making the team are slipping.
Kyle Cofield, RHP
He's only gotten into one game, but he's been compared to John Smoltz, so we'll keep him on here and see if he gets a more serious shot at one of the bullpen spots.
Erik Cordier, RHP
Two decent outings. He's helping his cause to make the team, but he's still a non-roster guy, so unless he just blows away the Braves coaches he's still bound for the minors.
Michael Dunn, LHP
Lots of walks and hits. He's pitched around them for the most part, but his control is a point of concern.
Mariano Gomez, LHP
He got shellacked in his second outing of the spring. He really hasn't shown he can get anyone out this spring.
Lee Hyde, LHP
Like Gomez, Hyde got shelled in his second spring appearance. I still like his chances, but he's got to have better control.
Craig Kimbrel, RHP
I still think that with his stuff there's always the possibility of him making the team. He needs to get into some game, though.
Jeff Lyman, RHP
He has done well this spring, and is flying way under the radar. Could be a dark horse bullpen candidate.
Stephen Marek, RHP
OFF
He doesn't seem to be ready for the show, as his disappointing 2009 is following into this season. We'll take him off this list, as he's too far down the depth chart at this point.
Kris Medlen, RHP
He has looked great so far this spring.
Mike Minor, LHP
He's looked really good, and he seems to be throwing with a lot of confidence. I still believe that he is in the Braves long term plans more than their short term plans for this year. He may be one of the first players cut so he can go prepare for the rotation in the minors.
Jose Ortegano, LHP
OFF
After having a great Winter League, he got creamed by the Phillies last night.
James Parr, RHP
He's done okay this spring, with good strikeout numbers. It will be interesting to see how the Braves use him this year. He could be a long shot for the bullpen.
Scott Proctor, RHP
The team still seems optimistic that he could be ready to start the season with the big club.
Todd Redmond, RHP
He had a good first outing, and he is another pitcher who is intriguing. Still, I bet the team wants him to start in triple-A as emergency depth.
Chris Resop, RHP
Not having a good spring. It doesn't look good for Resop. Seeing as how he didn't get into many games last year in Japan, he could probably stand to spend some time in the minors.
Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP
He might be squeezing his way into a bullpen role, and Cox hinted at just that.
Luis Valdez, RHP
Still having visa problems getting into the states.
Jonny Venters, LHP
He's having an okay spring. He needs to distinguish himself from the rest of the pack if he is to move up this list.
Arrow Key:
= Chance of making the team is waffling or 50-50.
= Chance of making the team is trending down.
= Chance of making the team is trending up.

 

UPDATE: 4PM 3/10:

We may have to add Cory Gearrin to this list. He's not on the 40-man roster and he's not listed as a non-roster invitee, but he's made it into two games now and he's pitched very well, allowing only one hit while striking out two.

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