The Atlanta Braves are on a quest to defend their NL East Division crown, sporting a mix of young and old in the batting order, as well as a stout top four in the pitching rotation.
But what about pitcher No. 5?
Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is following the competition throughout Spring Training, and will continue to update through it's conclusion. As of now, Burns pegs Kyle Wright as the favorite to land the role.
Ranking Braves’ battle for final rotation spot https://t.co/MJYQDNt2eV— AJC Sports (@AJCsports) March 6, 2019
So what propelled the 23-year old up the top of the power rankings, you ask? Well, Burns points out his performance on Tuesday against the New York Yankees.
Through three innings of work, Wright held the Yankees scoreless, while also striking out three. One of those was Yankees superstar Aaron Judge, who was left standing clueless at the hands of Wright's breaking ball.
Kyle Wright freezes Aaron Judge for the strikeout. pic.twitter.com/sNNLQNshUb— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) March 5, 2019
Entering spring, Mike Soroka was projected by many to take the No. 5 spot in the rotation, but he's already been ruled out for the start of the season due to shoulder discomfort.
Following Wright in the rankings is Touki Toussaint, Max Fried, Luiz Gohara, Bryse Wilson, and Kolby Allard, respectively.
If Wright can replicate the performance he had against a vaunted Yankees lineup for the remainder of the spring, expect him to be named to the starting rotation for the start of the regular season.