27. Julio Teherán — Atlanta Braves
Teherán looks to be the team’s Opening Day starter for the fifth consecutive season in 2018. While the team has undergone a massive rebuild in recent years, Teherán has been a lone bright spot.
The native Colombian mixes up his stuff — utilizing a four-seam, a sinker, a slider, a curve and a change. He took a bit of a step back last season after an All-Star caliber year in 2016, but Teherán is gifted enough to easily jump up this list.
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26. Jameson Taillon — Pittsburgh Pirates
This is a bit of a projection, but Taillon is a strong candidate to have a breakout season in 2018. The Pirates underwent a massive overhaul on their roster this past offseason. Out went mainstays Andrew McCuttchen and Gerritt Cole as the team attempts to transition towards a new direction.
The loss of Cole means Taillon will be heavily relied upon to begin the year. He certainly has the stuff to stick in the majors — possessing a mid-to-high 90’s fastball and a sharp curve. As a former first round pick, the Pirates can only hope their big investment pays off.
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