Which hurler has the best chance at a Medlen-like breakout?
Not just a Minor piece?
Mike Minor seems to be the closest, but he's garnered some hype in recent campaigns, so your interest won't sneak past most in your draft room. The southpaw matured last year, showing more composure over the final three-plus months while getting his control and off-speed approach in order. Someone may want him more than you, and he's still best deployed as a home-start weapon, but as a depth option, Minor presents major gains. Heck, most Braves candidates do.
Well, not necessarily Paul Maholm, who finally showed more punch from his innings-eater record (thanks, cutter), but he's not a surge candidate. And don't expect stash candidate Brandon Beachy to be all that effective until late in the year as he uses 2013 to get back in shape after TJS.
Maybe it'll be one of the rotation-capping options, with Randall Delgado gone. Even with his early-career bumps, Julio Teheran remains widely rated as one of the top prospects, if not the top prospect, in this organization. Atlanta's restoration of Teheran's natural delivery corrected most of the issues that tormented his latest Triple-A Gwinnett run. Here's a stealth selection with noteworthy pay-off.
Sean Gilmartin and J.R. Graham impressed on the farm but are behind Teheran in the race and need more polish. Of course, brass could always sign an established vet, including Javier Vazquez, which would chop these youngsters off many draft lists.
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