Trading away Evan Gattis was not fun. Trading Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Craig Kimbrel wasn't much fun, either. No one had fun watching Trevor Cahill every fifth day.
But for all the fun Braves fans didn't have throughout the offseason and during Cahill's early starts, today's debut of Mike Foltynewicz should provide optimism for the future. And it should be a whole lot of fun.
That's not to say Foltynewicz is going to throw eight scoreless innings. He's still young and wild on the mound, and he's likely going to struggle to find the plate at times. Folty posted a 2.08 ERA over 21.2 innings with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks.
Foltynewicz will be the first of many. Jose Peraza will likely come up at some point this summer. Matt Wisler should, too. Guys like Rio Ruiz and Mallex Smith, who were also brought over in those deflating, afore-mentioned trades, could see Atlanta within the next 12-18 months.
Watching young prospects come up to the big leagues for the first time is one of the greatest things about baseball. The Braves, starting with Foltynewicz tonight, are about to start bringing their young guns up to Atlanta. This year's team may stink, but the future, as they say, is now. I'm more excited for tonight's start than any other game this season.