As he has done for the past 12 years, coach Leo Mazzone invited a group of pitchers from the Braves organization to join him in Atlanta for a winter workout and a few pointers that should put them ahead of the pack when spring training begins this week
1 Chris Fussell
2002 stats: 12-6, 4.43 ERA with Triple A Omaha Royals From 1998 through 2000 went 5-9 in 19 starts with Orioles and Royals: will compete for fifth spot in Atlanta rotation.
2 Chris Spurling
2002 stats: 4-3, 20 saves, 2.19 ERA with Double A Altoona Curve Power pitcher picked up in Rule 5 draft from Pirates; expected to be a middle reliever this season.
3 John Ennis
2002 stats: 9-9, 4.19 ERA with Double A Greenville Braves Will likely return to Double A for start of season; could jump to big leagues late this year or in '04.
4 Trey Hodges
2002 stats: 15-9, 3.19 ERA with Triple A Richmond Braves Finesse pitcher is in the mix of candidates for No. 5 spot in Atlanta rotation.
5 Andy Pratt
2002 stats: 4-9, 4.26 ERA with Double A Greenville; 4-2, 3.10 ERA with Triple A Richmond Power pitcher will compete for bullpen spot.
6 Tim Straus
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In first year with Atlanta; former high school coach was Indians minor league bullpen coach for 10 years.
7 Chris Haney
2002 stats: 2-0, 4 saves, 2.79 ERA with Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox; 0-0, I save, 4.20 ERA with Boston Situational pitcher will vie for job in bullpen.
8 Billy Sylvester
2002 stats: 0-0, 1 save, 3.96 ERA with Triple A Richmond; 2-3, 25 saves, 3.47 ERA with Double A Greenville Will likely remain Greenville's closer; may join Atlanta late this season or in '04.
9 Mike Hampton
2002 starts: 7-15
6.15 ERA with Rockies
Former 20-game winner with lifetime 3.44 ERA before joining Rockies; escapes from Coors to replace departed free agent Tom Glavine as No. 2 starter.