Predicting Braves 30-Man Roster

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In the latest news regarding the shortened MLB season, a proposal has been made that teams will have 30-man active rosters with a 20-man taxi squad, jumping what once was a 26-man roster and 40-man roster. We discussed on the podcast, 3 Flags Flying, the idea of active roster expansion, but to me, it didn’t make sense unless the 40-man was also extended. Maybe Manfred listens to our podcast! While it might take me a few days to wrap my head around a 50 player total, I think I can give a fairly good prediction on a regular 30-man squad. Let’s get to it…Predicting Braves 30-Man Roster.

Predicting the Braves 30-Man Roster

I did a 29-man look a few weeks back, so I’ll remind you of the players I consider locks for the roster:




Predicting the Braves 30-Man Roster: The Final 8

It might be premature to assume this, but if teams are going to utilize the DH, I’d bet some solid money that most teams will only carry 14 position players and keep 16 pitchers to aid in shortened starts for starting pitchers. I can’t imagine that teams are going to want more than 6 players on a bench when there’s no pitcher to pinch hit for, especially in the NL where many managers will be struggling to find playing time for their bench.

That leaves 3 additions to position player and 5 additions to pitching.

Position Player Additions

  1. Johan Camargo– One of Riley or Camargo was a lock, but it was undecided who it was when Spring 1.0 concluded. Truthfully, I think both earned their spots in spring.
  2. Austin Riley– The utilization of the DH might have helped his roster chances, but the lack of a real Minor League experience in 2020 might be the biggest reason Riley gets the nod.
  3. Unknown- As stated above, the Braves really need a LH bat and there just wasn’t one that showed up and showed out at spring. As of now, I guess it’s Charlie Culberson‘s to lose, but he could also be part of the taxi squad. I like Ben Zobrist for this role and he remains unsigned.

Pitching Additions

  1. Felix Hernandez– He’s too cheap to not give him a chance at this time. Let him take a few starts to see if he can maintain his success he found in spring.
  2. Kyle Wright– Like Riley, with lack of a real MiLB experience in 2020, it might be time to see if Wright can stick in the bigs.
  3. Patrick Weigel– Earned his spot in spring and can go multiple innings.
  4. Phil Pfeifer– Lack of LH arms and the ability to go multiple innings should give Pfeifer a leg up on the competition.
  5. Tyler Matzek– As many were that watched, I was blown away by Matzek in spring, and the lack of fans in the stands would be a great way to test his ability to fend off the demons of anxiety.

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Author: Ryan Cothran

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16 thoughts on “Predicting Braves 30-Man Roster”

  1. JC’d (might need to change the term to blazon’d)

    May 17, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    One incident between Prado and Braves Management that got a little prickly in his early days was he claimed Braves had promised to pay for the air fares of his family to Atlanta when he had reached a certain level of accomplishment in his rookie or following year. Who would be the judge of that was not revealed but his play was soon good enough the tickets were forthcoming without undue delay. And away they came.

  2. I completely agree with your thoughts on King Felix, but I was wondering what the potential impact of the proposed 2020 division being half American League teams might have on his success? Even with inter league play in a normal year the vast majority of his starts would come against teams in the NL that have not seem him as much. Now he will be facing more teams that have some kind of book on him and I wonder how much of a impact that will have?

  3. So, how does a 20-man taxi squad make any sense at all? There aren’t enough guys to really do anything. I assume you take 2-3 starters, 6-7 relievers, 8 starters and 3 reserve guys?
    I will have a go (assuming Ryan’s 30-man is correct):
    Starters: Touki, Bryse, Tucker Davidson
    Relievers: Burrows, Clouse, Dirks, Roney, Webb, Huascar, Rusin?
    8 starters: Contreras, Yonder, Kazmar, Kozma, Yangervais, Ortega, Pache, Waters
    Utility: Alex Jackson, Ryan Casteel, Pete O’Brien
    and that’s 21… let’s cut Rusin.

  4. @snowshine

    I’d assume that the taxi squad has to come from the 50-man roster.

    Also, I’d be willing to bet the taxi squad is located in Gwinnett and will have several inner squad games/week with 20ish more minor leaguers.

  5. I would think this taxi squad idea is a precursor to the proposed elimination of the list of minor league teams.

  6. Felix, the X factor.

    They fear thee, ancient Mariner!
    They fear thy skinny hand!
    For it is long, and lank, and brown,
    And cannot throw it bland.

  7. @2–that’s a good point, but truth is if Felix pitches this year like he did the last couple of years in the AL he’s not getting many people out in either league. The hope is that he’s figured out how to be a different pitcher the way Anibal did. If that’s the case, he may have even more success against AL hitters who may be looking for the old King Felix.

  8. So is the season actually up in the air? Or are the players just complaining about the split but have no intentions of not playing? Because if it puts to an end the labor unrest that periodically makes fans decide if they once again hate millionaires or billionaires more, then I’d just say let them strike. I hope there’s baseball this year, and I would think that there will be, but c’mon, enough already. Either strike or stop complaining about player salaries.

    I only love one professional sport, so perhaps my ignorance is showing through. I know the NFL had a work stoppage earlier this decade. Is there this much unrest between players and owners in other sports?

  9. Rob, I also only love pro baseball, but I’ve lived a lot more history with MLB than a whippersnapper such as you. The anomaly in my lifetime is the 25 years since the last work stoppage. There were three work stoppages between 1972 and 1994, and each one was more difficult than the last, culminating in the needless (IMHO) cancellation of the postseason.

    My assumption is that there is too much at stake for them not to reach agreement and play this year, but I’ve thought that before. The players are sincerely worried about a salary cap, and they don’t trust the owners’ statements about how much money they generate.

  10. TFloyd sparked a what if: Braves Journal could sponsor a series of BJ Whippersnappers vs. BJ Codgers events, appropriately handicapped of course.

  11. If you think the Codgers need any help, we don’t need no stinking handicap

  12. @8

    The answer to your question is yes, to varying degrees. Basketball recently had a lockout that lopped off two months of the season, hockey had a lockout that canceled the entire season recently, football had the recent lockout that didn’t affect any games but that was by no means guaranteed. There’s your four major American sports right there. All of those happened more recently than the most recent baseball strike.

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