It's been a long time since the Braves saw Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Steve Avery emerge from the minors and help lead the team to unprecedented success in the 1990s, but there’s hope in Atlanta that the team will find a similar core in a new group of young arms. Sean Newcomb, Luis Gohara, Lucas Sims and Max Fried are trying build on their limited MLB experience, while other youngsters such as Kolby Allard are coming for them. Such a bevy of pitching talent gives the team and its fans reason for optimism as the team begins to pull out of a rebuild that has included three straight 90-loss seasons. “Don't be surprised to see a bunch of these young guys together winning games in the next couple of years," said former Braves pitcher and spring training instructor Tim Hudson, who also saw a youth movement on the mound with the A’s in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. As of now, though, the Braves rotation has three confirmed spots barring injuries or mishaps. Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz are returning and Brandon McCarthy joined from the Dodgers. The battle for the last two spots to break camp will be among Newcomb, Gohara, Sims and Fried, who each present a compelling case. Newcomb pitched more than 100 innings in the majors last season. Once he was called up he never went back down. "I learned a lot from the callup," Newcomb said. "It was great to be in the majors, but now I have to take it to the next level." Newcomb showed that by spending the offseason training at Tom Brady's facility in Boston. While he didn't get to meet his idol, working at the camp was a highlight.
Braves hope new collection of young arms leads to old-school success
Sporting News | Feb 20