The Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves have built their teams in a very similar fashion.
7. Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves flew under the radar with some early offseason moves. They needed to add some veterans to the rotation so GM Alex Anthopoulos wasted no time signing Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly. Morton, a finalist for the Cy Young in 2019, dealt with shoulder problems in 2020 but had a good showing in the postseason. He had a 2.70 ERA in 20 postseason innings. Smyly is a crafty veteran that has been in the league since 2012. He has a 3.42 career ERA.
The Braves will also get a boost from Mike Soroka returning. He was the runner up for rookie of the year in 2019 but suffered an Achilles injury and was lost for the year in 2020. Max Fried was forced to step up and fill in the void. He did not disappoint. Freid looked like an ace posting a 2.25 ERA.
The Braves also got help from Ian Anderson who was called up in September. He was near flawless in the regular season and only gave up two runs in four postseason starts. The Braves also have a veteran leader in Cole Hamels whose resume speaks for itself. The Braves pitching staff is rounding into form and could easily climb this list by year’s end.