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Games have started for the Braves Spring Training Camp. They started the Florida slate with last season’s World Series runners-up, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Kyle Wright got the nod on the bump for Atlanta. He threw 1 & 1/3 inning, and it wasn’t a strong showing for the 2021 rotation-hopeful. Wright surrendered four hits, three earned runs, a walk, & a strikeout. It’s only Game 1 of Spring Training, but he has an established pattern of letting the wheels fall off fast enough to not give the bullpen a chance to warm up & come in to bail him out of trouble. So every outing like Sunday’s just piles onto that.
Fellow roster-hopeful Sean Newcomb also had a rough go of it. Surrendering one earned run on a homerun in one inning of work. He did however, log two strikeouts.
The brightest spot in Sunday’s pitching staff was newcomer Carl Edwards Jr., signed to a minor league deal this offseason. He worked a perfect inning against the Rays. His most notable MLB contributions to date is his work with the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. I’m big on Edwards Jr., and fully expect him to make the roster in the bullpen.
Highly-touted catching prospect Shea Langeliers showed off his cannon of an arm by throwing out a stealing Rays runner by a large margin, leaving no doubt as to what he could be for the Braves behind the plate, down the road. With MLB moving to more of a catcher by committee approach to maximize rest, William Contreras & Shea Langeliers could be one of the best catching tandems baseball has ever seen; batting injury, trades, & unforeseen developmental hurdles.