Week three of the Atlanta Braves Making the Team Meter (MTM) begins with the pitchers. Which ones will make the team and which ones are headed back to the minors? Last week's pitchers MTM is here. To begin with we'll assume that there is a group that has already made the team:
Starters: Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm, Mike Minor, and Kris Medlen. That leaves one spot available.
Relievers: Craig Kimbrel, Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters, Jordan Walden, and Cristhian Martinez. That leaves two spots available.
Avilan looks like a lock for the bullpen at this point, and Gearrin is not too far behind him, but there could still be some competition, and there are still three and a half weeks of spring training baseball left to play -- a lot could change during that time. As O'Flaherty and Walden are both out with bad (sore) backs, there could also be the possibility of additional spots opening up because of injury (but we hope not).
For some of these pitchers, we'll start cutting guys from our MTM watch list, as the team will soon make their first round of cuts and return some of these players to minor league camp.
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