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The Daily Chop: Loss to Twins, Bullpen spots, Pache, and more

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Is the fifth starter job still an open competition?

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Kyle Wright was less than stellar against the Twins on Monday, continuing a shaky spring that may have cost him a spot on the Opening Day roster. Entering camp, many were hopeful that the former sixth-overall pick would lock down a rotation spot and build upon a solid finish to the 2020 campaign. Though the results of spring games can hardly be taken as gospel, Wright could have quelled many longstanding concerns about his command with a solid showing this month. That has largely not been the case for the young right-hander.

Conversely, Bryse Wilson has been outstanding all spring. He is considered the favorite to fill the fifth starter spot, at least until Mike Soroka is ready to return. This speaks to the level of depth the Braves will carry into the regular season in 2021, with at least seven viable candidates along with some wild cards that could play roles as well.

Braves News

The Braves’ offense was largely absent, Wright uneven in 4-2 loss to Twins

Wright wasn’t great, but the Atlanta bats were worse. They were very quiet on Monday.

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Which bullpen candidates stand out at the moment?

Pache’s playmaking could win him CF job

His bat has been quiet this spring, but Cristian Pache has been incredible in center field. Will his exploits with the glove be enough to make him the Opening Day starter in CF?

Braves are Fangraphs’ Number 1 at First Base

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MLB News

Vandy coach gives scoop on Leiter, Rocker

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Honeywell back after 4 surgeries, 3 1/2 years

Former top prospect Brent Honeywell has battled through a litany of injuries over the course of the past 312 years, but now looks to take his place with the Rays in 2021.