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Braves Making the Team Meter - The Pitchers, Week 3

The Braves made their first cuts of the spring, slashing pitchers Charlie Morton, Zach Schreiber, Phil Stockman, Jairo Cuevas, and Matt DeSalvo. We'll make those cuts as well and narrow the field to this group below.

By the way, I'm making this post from the stands at the minor league fields, while watching Dustin Evans and Jamie Parr pitch, and Heyward, Cody Johnson, Gorkys, and tons of prospects hitting. Gilmore just legged out a single and Jon Mark Owings is up to bat.

Player, Position Chance Notes
Manny Acosta, RHP
He's bouncing back and forth between being very hittable and very dominant. I still wonder if he's ready to fill a full-time major league relief role.
Jeff Bennett, RHP
Because of his illness early in spring he fell behind a bit and doesn't seemed to have recovered. I have to think he's falling out of favor a little bit.
Blaine Boyer, RHP
He's pitching real well so far -- I say he makes the club as a setup guy.
Buddy Carlyle, RHP
You know what you get with Buddy -- and it won't blow your socks off, but it probably won't be too bad either. Still, championship teams don't have a Buddy Carlyle in their rotation.
Mike Hampton, LHP
He strained his groin, but he's still plugging away and scheduled to make another start on Monday. We'll keep him on the list for a while.
Chuck James, LHP
He's scheduled to start today, so we'll finally get to see what he's got this spring.
Jair Jurrjens, RHP
Injuries to either Hampton or James will mean he's a lock, but even if there are no injuries he's pitching good enough to be on the team (as a potential lights-out number five starter).
Damian Moss, LHP
The Aussi really hasn't shown that much, but he hasn't been awful either. He'll probably end up at Richmond as insurance.
Chris Resop, RHP
He's thrown a lot this spring (as much as some starters) and he's throwing well. He makes the team because he can bring it at 99 mph.
Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP
He's still experiencing some control problems. At this point he is definitely behind Jurrjens on the depth chart.
Jeff Ridgway, LHP
He's thrown very well, and he's avoided the explosion innings that some of the other LOOGYs have fallen victim to.
Royce Ring, LHP
He's done well against left-handers, not so well against right-handers.
Tyler Yates, RHP
Stats don't mean much in spring training, but his still don't look that good. Like Acosta, Yates has looked really good at times and really bad at others.
Francisley Bueno, LHP
I was surprised that they kept him in camp with the first round of cuts. His stats at least are better than most of the other LOOGYs.
Jorge Campillo, RHP
The next round of cuts has Jorge Campillo written all over it.
Ryan Drese, RHP
Well look at that, he's got a 1.69 ERA this spring. I'm still not sold.
Arrow Key:
= Chance of making the team is even.
= Chance of making the team is going down.
= Chance of making the team is going up.

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