5 probable Braves candidates to fill the void left by Spencer Strider

The Braves are hoping to find a suitable replacement for their ace internally.
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Darius Vines (Triple-A Gwinnett)

If the Braves feel the need to throw a proverbial curveball at everyone, there are plenty of other good options available to them. Former 7th-round pick Darius Vines is at the head of that pack.

He acquitted himself well when making his major league debut last season by throwing up a 3.98 ERA in 20.1 innings of work and much like Elder, he's off to a good start at Gwinnett. While his more limited track record probably puts him behind Elder given their similar pitching profiles, Vines can make a good argument for being given a look in the coming weeks.

Dylan Dodd (Triple-A Gwinnett)

Dylan Dodd was given an opportunity right out of the gate last year to run with a rotation job and he did not exactly shine. His ERA exceeded 7 and he only struck out three more hitters than he walked. However, Dodd did right the ship down on the farm in the second half of the season by throwing 38.1 innings of 3.29 ERA ball from July 1 to the end of the campaign. He's continued that good work to start this year and currently sports a 1.54 ERA through his first two starts.

However, with two southpaws already featured in the Braves rotation, it wouldn't make a ton of sense for the team to give Dylan the start every fifth day.