Atlanta Braves: Predicting the 2021 Roster
Atlanta Braves — Starting Pitching
- Mike Soroka
- Max Fried
- Marcus Stroman
- Ian Anderson
- Kyle Wright
I am going out on a limb and saying Mike Soroka is 100% healthy to start the 2021 season. It’s not out of the question that he could be back by the start of the year, but don’t be surprised if he misses the first month or two of the season as Atlanta is cautious with their young pitcher’s return.
Max Fried is the only pitcher I am certain makes the Opening Day rotation and probably is on pace to get the Opening Day start with the way he’s pitching. Fried is using 2020 as a platform to prove his worth and will look to carry this into 2021.
Signing Marcus Stroman makes a lot of sense for Atlanta. The Braves could use a veteran presence to stabilize the rotation for several seasons and Stroman would benefit from having Atlanta’s elite defense behind him. Give me Stroman in Atlanta for three or four seasons.
The 4th and 5th spots in the rotation are difficult to predict. I don’t see the Braves signing two pitchers this off-season, which would mean the young guns get opportunities to prove themselves.
There are rumors that Ian Anderson is getting close to reaching the majors this season. If that’s true, he has an inside shot at making the rotation in 2021, especially if he has an impressive showing in 2020.
Kyle Wright hasn’t been impressive so far, but he is still young and hasn’t made enough starts to be written off. As a former top prospect, he will get another shot to prove himself.
Another option for the 5th spot in the rotation could go to another young prospect like Tucker Davidson, Patrick Weigel, and Kyle Muller. These young guys could see an opportunity if they impress at the alternate site and in spring training.
Also, Cole Hamels could receive consideration for another short term deal if the Braves and Anthopolous think it makes sense. A strong September and October from Hamels could also determine a potential extension with Atlanta.