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Braves Opening Day Roster: Pitchers
- Ian Anderson
- Tucker Davidson
- Max Fried
- Kenley Jansen
- Tyler Matzek
- A.J. Minter
- Colin McHugh
- Charlie Morton
- Sean Newcomb
- Darren O’Day
- Will Smith
- Spencer Strider
- Tyler Thornburg
- Kyle Wright
- Huascar Ynoa
Breakdown: 15 pitchers? Holy smokes! It sure does look like Brian Snitker plans to piggyback some of his starters to keep everyone fresh. My guess is Morton, Fried, and Anderson can each go 5 with Wright, Tucker, Ynoa, and Strider piggyback to fill the 4th and 5th rotation spots. With 14 straight out the gate and a shortened spring, it’s important to protect the investments early and ease them into the year.
Braves Opening Day Roster: Catchers
Breakdown: It was rumored that Contreras would make the roster if no more moves occurred and the rumor rings true. My guess is we’ll see a platoon (of sorts) out of the DH to begin the year where Dickerson starts against LHP and Contreras starts against LHP.
Braves Opening Day Roster: Infielders
Breakdown: No surprises here, but a lot of pressure lies on the regulars to stay healthy and in the lineup as there’s not much to speak of in AAA.
Braves Opening Day Roster: Outfielders
Breakdown: Well…they’re not going to be good defensively, but they’ll hit and should be versatile enough in the lineup to be above average until Ronald Acuña Jr. comes back. Heredia will likely continue his role as a late inning defensive replacement, which would move Duvall to one of the corners, removing one of Ozuna, Dickerson, or Rosario. For me, it doesn’t really matter who it is and I suspect it’ll be the one that is furthest away from seeing an AB the next inning.
I haven’t the foggiest what the prize will be yet, but I’ll make sure that whoever wins will get something that’s, at the least, fun.
- Overall Record
- Highest Brave in CY voting
- Highest Braves in MVP voting
- Distance in Playoffs
Let’s get it, people!