3 Atlanta Braves pitchers who will begin 2024 season at Triple-A, 2 who will not

The Braves have built an amazing depth of starting pitching, but which of the fringe guys make the big league roster?
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Chris Sale
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Will Not - LHP Chris Sale

While likely an obvious choice, Sale will not begin the 2024 season in Triple-A, but rather in the major leagues.

Acquired via trade by the Braves this offseason, Sale comes to Atlanta off a stellar six seasons with the Boston Red Sox (2017-23, did not see action in 2020) in which he held a combined 3.27 ERA in 115 starts. A seven-time All-Star, Sale also finished top five in AL Cy Young voting during the 2017 and 2018 seasons in Boston, as well as from 2013-16 as a member of the Chicago White Sox.

Despite making only a combined 11 starts during the 2021-22 seasons combined, the 34-year-old is coming off s 2023 season in which he made 20 starts for the Red Sox. Across those 102.2 IP, the left-hander held a 6-5 record with a 4.30 ERA and 125:29 K:BB ratio, while also owning an 11 K/9.

Simply put, the Braves brought Sale to Atlanta to be a major impact player in the starting rotation, and assuming he is healthy coming out of spring training, the veteran will likely do just that from day one.