Atlanta Braves Making The Team Meter 2012: Pitchers, Week 2

Second week of the MTM, and while this is usually a slow week, there is some movement in the trends for making the team. I do realize that two games do not make a spring, but the MTM tracks chances of making the team by taking into account every spring appearance and story.

This year, like last year, the MTM will be initially broken down into two parts -- one for pitchers and one for hitters. Today's installment will cover all the pitchers in camp who might have a chance at making the team. To begin with we'll assume that there is a group that has already made the team:

Starters: Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens, and Brandon Beachy (2 spots available)
Relievers: Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters, Eric O'Flaherty (4 spots available)

With all these remaining spots in the rotation and the pen, this will be a really fun spring to watch as the battles for each spot on the roster unfold.

Player, Position Trend Last Week Roster Status Notes and Comments
Jairo Asencio, RHP
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Good first outing, it's looking more and more like he is the right fit (finally) for one of those bullpen spots. With his history as a closer in the minors and the winter leagues, he could be a good candidate to take critical setup innings away from O'Ventbrel. He gets a bump.
Luis Avilan, LHP
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Avilan will be pitching on Monday. Fredi Gonzalez said that Avilan has impressed him during the first two weeks of camp. I still consider him a long shot for the pen.
Jaye Chapman, RHP
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Chapman was not immune to the home run bug that Braves pitchers caught on Sunday. Not much buzz about him this spring.
Erik Cordier, RHP
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A bit of wildness and hittableness in his first outing. He'll have to do better to get past the others in line for the pen.
Randall Delgado, RHP
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Reports are that he's been more impressive than Teheran this spring, though one could barely tell from his first spring appearance. He only went one inning, giving up four runs. Hopefully sharper days are ahead.
Yohan Flande, LHP
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He hasn't pitched yet, and there's been no mention of him in any of the notes columns.
Robert Fish, LHP
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Not much news about Fish, and no mention of him in any notes columns either. I would have thought there would be something on him by one of the beat writers, seeing as how he's the Braves first Rule 5 pick in decades.
Cory Gearrin, RHP
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I fear that Cory might get lost in the bullpen shuffle. Still, a strong spring where he controls his walks and strikes people out could get him a spot in the pen.
Sean Gilmartin, LHP
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He had a very impressive inning of relief in Sunday's blowout. More impressive than either of the top two guys battling for the fifth spot. But let's not get ahead of ourselves, it's good to see him do well, but he's really not being considered for a rotation spot at this time.
J.J. Hoover, RHP
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He entered his first game in a tough situation with runners on, and issued two walks before getting out of the jam. Then he pitched a scoreless inning, showing his ability to be more than a one-inning guy. Good first outing, though we may need to see a little more before moving up his odds of making the team.
Dusty Hughes, LHP
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Decent first inning of the spring. He gave up two hits, so he didn't really distinguish himself from the other pitchers giving up hits.
Cristhian Martinez, RHP
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If Medlen moves to the rotation to take Hudson's spot while he is out, then Martinez becomes more of a lock for the pen as the long man. Also, terrific first outing of the spring, going an inning with 2 strikeouts.
Kris Medlen, RHP
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He hasn't pitched yet, but the Braves will be stretching him out as a starter, and with the poor first spring outings from Teheran and Delgado, Medlen looks like more of a lock for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Mike Minor, LHP
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A very good first spring outing. With how badly Teheran and Delgado did in their first outing, it looks like Minor is becoming more of a lock for a rotation spot. Though it's still early in spring training.
Peter Moylan, RHP
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Just after the last MTM it was reported that Moylan won't rush back from surgery, and will take the slow, extended spring approach. He is expected back sometime in May.
Todd Redmond, RHP
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He could start moving up the depth chart if he can go out there and out-pitch Teheran and Delgado. We anxiously await his first spring appearance.
Jason Rice, RHP
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Not, I repeat, not a good first outing for one of my favorite NRIs. He gave up 6 runs in less than an inning of work filled with hits, walks, and a wild pitch. Not the kind of first impression one wants to make.
Adam Russell, RHP
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There's been a lot of buzz about Russell this week, especially regarding his height -- he's tall. So being tall and imposing, also very tall, there are naturally a lot of people who think he can get hitters out. He's just so tall. We'll bump him up a notch, because, well, he's tall.
Zeke Spruill, RHP
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A really good first inning of the spring -- very Spruill-like, letting the batters get themselves out by putting the ball in play. Still on the outside of the roster picture.
Julio Teheran, RHP
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Teheran was a whole lot less than impressive in his spring debut, giving up 6 home runs. Six! The wind was blowing out, and he may have had to enter an inning before he was ready, but still, it's not looking good for JT right now.
Anthony Varvaro, RHP
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A lead-off home run against him in one inning of relief work so far. Plenty of spring left, but he needs to keep the ball in the park and show some ability to strike people out.
Arodys Vizcaino, RHP
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He was throwing 97mph in his spring debut. Worked his way into and then out of trouble (sounds like his appearances in relief last year). Still young, still learning. Still has a better than average chance of making the team.
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The hitters MTM update will come later this week.

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