5. Consider Starting Pitching Options
Even with quite a substantial amount of young pitching talent in their organization, the Braves still have quite a few question marks as to what their rotation is going to look like in 2016 and beyond. As it currently stands, the Braves have Shelby Miller, Matt Wisler, Julio Teheran, Williams Perez, Mike Minor, Ryan Weber, Manny Banuelos and even Mike Foltynewicz. The Braves have no shortage of options for their staff but are no closer to deciding the makeup of their staff for next year and beyond.
At this point, the only player really locked in the staff is Shelby Miller, who had a good season in 2015, despite absolutely atrocious run support all season. Julio Teheran seemed like a lock prior to the 2015 season but after another season filled with struggles, it appears like a real possibility that the Braves attempt to recoup some of his value in an offseason trade. The other five or six options have all shown at least something at the minor league or big league level and all figure to be part of the discussion in Spring Training next season. Despite a glut of pitching talent, this offseason the Braves may explore several trades involving pitchers or even have some discussions with some free-agent pitchers. Before the Braves can hope to contend in 2017 and beyond, they need to immediately figure out which pitchers will be a part of the team’s long term future and which players will not be.