Feb. 19 is a new day for Atlanta Braves baseball, as pitchers and catchers report for spring training. There is reason for optimism with the starting rotation in 2012, which will be anchored by Tim Hudson. Four of the projected five starters are under 26, and the talent is so deep that some high-level prospects may have to wait to get their shot to start on a regular basis.
The four other starters behind Hudson are expected to be Jair Jurrjens, Brandon Beachy, Tommy Hanson and Mike Minor. However, there is still some concern with Hanson's shoulder that was bothering him at the end of the 2011 season and Jurrjens who had knee issues but a brace should help stabilize the knee.
The two prospects that did start some last year are Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado, and with a log jam of talent it is possible that the Braves could trade some starting pitchers to get talent at other positions.