The saga has reached the conclusion of chapter one for the two Atlanta Braves prospects. While the Dylan Dodd and Jared Shuster were surprise candidates after the Braves optioned Ian Anderson and Bryce Elder, they quickly solidified themselves as viable major-league rotation options.
The dynamic duo are both ranked in the top 10 this spring in ERA. Shuster boasts a 1.45 ERA over 18.2 innings while Dodd has a 2.00 ERA over 18.0 innings.
Why Did Shuster and Dodd Make the Rotation?
As we discussed in previous articles, Michael Soroka still needs time after dealing with hamstring tightness during camp. Considering how long he has been out of major-league action, the Braves are wise to give him all the time he needs to ramp up. Kyle Wright will start the season on the 15-day IL as he continues to work through shoulder soreness.
The confidence Shuster and Dodd have earned is allowing the Braves to take it slow with Wright and Soroka. Barring an injury or a setback to Wright or Soroka, it is likely that both Shuster and Dodd will only make a start or two. I mean, we hope it’s just a start or two… knock on wood.
Despite being ranked as the worst farm system in the league, the Braves appear to have exceptional depth at starting pitching. Kolby Allard, Bryce Elder, and Ian Anderson will all stand at the ready. Dodd and Shuster have brought a lot of excitement to the hype train this spring.
All eyes will be on Shuster and Dodd as they make their major-league debuts.
When Will Dylan Dodd and Jared Shuster Make their MLB Debuts?
Jared Shuster is projected to break camp with the big-league club and start April 2 at the Nationals in the third game of the season for the Braves. Mark Bowman of MLB.com is reporting that Dodd likely will not break camp with the team but will be called up prior to the April 4 game at St. Louis to make his debut. The Braves are probably going to break camp without Dodd to give them a little more time on 40-man roster manuevering.
Both Dodd and Shuster will need to be added to the 40-man active roster and there teams have to be strategic in how to manage such moves.
Regardless of the logistics, Braves fans are excited to see this extended audition for the two youngsters. Now the games will count. Shuster definitely drew the better hand, facing the Nationals, while Dodd will square off against the defending NL Central Champions.
One note: Dodd will be making his debut in the same state he went to college. Dodd is projected to debut in St. Louis against the Cardinals and he played at Southeast Missouri State.