Mound Musings: NL East Draft Day Targets
Mound Musings: NL East Draft Day Targets

This article is part of our Mound Musings series.

When pitchers and catchers report, baseball season officially begins! That means we need to start looking at likely Opening Day pitching staffs to determine some draft day targets. It will be just a little different this year as there are still several impact pitchers available on the free agent market, something previously unheard of this late. We'll cover one division each week, and, hopefully, we should have a value-laden pitching staff heading into the 2018 season. Let's get to it and look at the:

National League East

Atlanta Braves – The Braves are building for the future, and while they appear to be headed in a positive direction, I think they're at least a season or two away. Barring any transactions, Julio Teheran again will lead the staff. He has a lot of talent, but he has yet to convince me he can consistently perform at the level of a No. 1 starter. He seems to lose a bit of focus at times, and he can overthrow, which leads to his fastball straightening out, so I'll probably stay away given his likely draft cost. Mike Foltynewicz looks to be next in line, but he also suffers from inconsistency. He's worth a flyer if the price is right. The oft-injured Brandon McCarthy rounds out the top three, before we get into the intriguing youngsters we'll see trying to make a mark. Luiz Gohara has all the tools to be a good one and gets my checkmark as a guy to seriously

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Brad Johnson
For more than 30 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.
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