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Braves Spring Training 2012: Pitchers And Catchers Reporting

Pitchers and catchers report for spring training, and there are questions about lingering injuries from last season from Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens.

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.

Atlanta Braves Active Roster
# Pitchers B/T Ht Wt
56 Jairo Asencio R-R 6'2" 180
65 Luis Avilan L-L 6'2" 165
37 Brandon Beachy R-R 6'3" 215
64 Jaye Chapman R-R 6'0" 180
63 Erik Cordier R-R 6'4" 230
40 Randall Delgado R-R 6'3" 200
52 Robert Fish L-L 6'2" 230
53 Cory Gearrin R-R 6'3" 200
48 Tommy Hanson R-R 6'6" 220
66 J.J. Hoover R-R 6'3" 215
15 Tim Hudson R-R 6'1" 175
49 Jair Jurrjens R-R 6'1" 200
46 Craig Kimbrel R-R 5'11" 205
50 Cristhian Martinez R-R 6'1" 185
54 Kris Medlen S-R 5'10" 190
36 Mike Minor R-L 6'4" 205
34 Eric O' Flaherty L-L 6'2" 220
62 Todd Redmond R-R 6'3" 215
27 Julio Teheran R-R 6'2" 175
38 Anthony Varvaro R-R 6'0" 195
39 Jonny Venters L-L 6'3" 195
59 Arodys Vizcaino R-R 6'0" 190
# Catchers B/T Ht Wt
16 Brian McCann L-R 6'3" 230
8 David Ross R-R 6'2" 205

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