Patrick: 'New chapter' as Braves bring in young arms

Rookies Wilson and Wright to start in opening series...

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Over the weekend, the Atlanta Braves announced the rookie right-handed pitchers Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright will start the second and third games of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies. They optioned Touki Toussaint and Dan Winkler to Triple-A Gwinnett.

It's a youth movement as the Braves are going young, at least in the beginning of the season. 

92.9 The Game's Braves beat reporter Joe Patrick joined Andy Bunker and Harry Douglas on Monday to discuss what the opening rotation says about what the Braves want to do.

"It's pretty amazing, and it really feels like kind of a--not a changing of the guard--but it really feels like kind of a new chapter starting for this Braves team with these young arms coming in," Patrick explained.

Both Wilson and Wright have been pretty consistent throughout Spring Training.

"To me, it just signifies the amount of trust that manager Brian Snitker has in these guys," Patrick said. 

Wright, who was drafted fifth overall by the Braves in 2017, first MLB start will be on the national stage, Sunday night baseball on the opening weekend of the new season. Will he be able to handle the pressure?

"He's always come across as calm, cool and collected type of guy," Patrick said about Wright's demeanor. Wright has been used to playing in high-pressure situations while at Vanderbilt, a baseball powerhouse.

"It'll be interesting to see how he deals with it and if it effects the control and command he's had over his pitches. He's been one of Atlanta's best pitchers this spring in terms of limiting walks and throwing strikes."