With less than a month to go until Opening Day, roster cuts have begun as the Braves shape their 25 man roster. There is still time in camp for players to battle for a spot, and knowing John Coppolella, a trade can happen at any moment. This is a short preview of the potential Opening Day roster.
Jim Johnson, Adroys Vizcaino, Ian Krol, Jose Ramirez, Mauricio Cabrera, Paco Rodriguez, Eric O’Flaherty, Josh Collmenter
The Braves will more than likely begin the season carrying eight relievers. Since no position player has jumped out this spring, it makes sense for the Braves to carry an extra arm at least to begin the season to get a feel for what they have. O’Flaherty has been impressive thus far in camp and has earned a spot to begin the season in Atlanta. He is a safe option for Paco Rodriguez who still has rust to shake off since returning from elbow and back surgery.The bullpen can drastically change at any moment given the vast options the Braves have, so don’t be surprised if changes are made. Also, we can’t forget about Daniel Winkler, who if can come back healthy, must be carried on the 25 man roster for two months or be offered back to the Rockies.
Julio Teheran, Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, Jamie Garcia, Mike Foltynewicz
The rotation has been pretty much set for awhile. Neither Wisler or Blair have pitched well enough to compete for the 5th spot. Barring any trades, this will be the rotation heading into the season.
Jace Peterson, Chase d’Arnaud, Kurt Suzuki, Emilio Bonifacio
The bench will be a weak spot for the Braves. Jace Peterson and Emilio Bonifacio will serve as the super utility men that can play both infield and outfield. The loss of Sean Rodriguez really hurts this department. They lack power, size and consistent contact. Upgrades will need to be made at some point during the season.
Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson, Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp, Brandon Phillips, Nick Markakis, Adonis Garcia, Tyler Flowers
This should be a consistent lineup throughout the season. Given the success and development of Ozzie Albies, certainly things can change.