4. Bryce Elder
Elder struggled at the end of the season after being one of the surprise contributors for a banged-up rotation for much of the 2023 season. Now due to injury, it is likely that Elder makes the postseason roster and earns at least one start or is part of a bullpen game in the first round. You have Max Fried and Spencer Strider penciled in as this team's first two starters before things get a bit murky.
Charlie Morton will miss at least the first round of the playoffs and there isn't one other healthy pitcher with Elder's level of success Atlanta can turn to. Elder is going to get a chance in round one and I believe the Braves are going to be surprised with what the young pitcher does with it.
Elder is a location pitcher lacking the ability to miss a lot of bats, simply blowing the ball past people. While a level of regression was always expected for Elder, there is reason to believe, with extended time off after the longest season of his short career, Elder will be fresh and surprise a lot of people just as he did to start the 2023 season. Look for Elder to be a consistent innings-eater this postseason, doing just enough to give his offense time to get rolling and continue to do what they have done for the entire 2023 season.