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Braves Get Younger In The Rotation

When Jair Jurrjens takes the mound tonight for the Braves he will replace a pitcher more than 10 years older than him, and in the process give Atlanta three starting pitchers under the age of 25. Atlanta is only one of three teams in the National League to sport three starting pitcher under the age of 25 — the other teams being Cincinnati and San Francisco.

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One would think that the Braves haven’t had this much young pitching in their rotation at any one time since the early 90’s, but the Braves have a history of bringing up young starting pitchers and putting them right into the mix.

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This group of Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson, and Kris Medlen sure seems to be a bit more special than most though. Amazingly, the most consistent of the group this year has been Medlen, possibly the least heralded of the three.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.