Other Outfield Possibilities

Realistically, there’s just one. Ryan Langerhans has gotten callups the last two seasons, with little to show for it. Langerhans is a fourth outfielder candidate long-term, but it’s unlikely he could beat out Gary Matthews. He did have a good showing in 38 games for Richmond last season (.280/.338/.477) but wasn’t given a real shot for the big club even when Darren Bragg was at his worst.

Flo’s look at the minor league rosters shows just how barren the cupboard is in Richmond. There’s still Damon Hollins, staring into his seventh season for Richmond and perhaps considering a city council run. He does have a spring training invite, but barring an injury somewhere (or the Braves coming to their senses and going with “only” eleven pitchers) there doesn’t seem to be a spot for him. If his hand’s okay, Hollins isn’t any worse of a player than 20 or 30 bench outfielders with long major league careers. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t do anything in his fifteen major league at-bats. If you’re not a hot prospect, you don’t get many chances. Former Blue Jay prospect Dewayne Wise is on the Richmond roster and also has an NRI, but he also hit .218 in Syracuse last year and I don’t think he can be taken seriously until he hits in AAA.

There’s really not much help on the horizon. Billy McCarthy might have fourth outfielder ability but the Braves don’t seem to think very highly of him (and left him exposed in the Rule 5 Draft). From what I can tell, the Braves don’t have anyone who’s played outfield above Myrtle Beach they consider a prospect.

BravesBeat.com–Ryan Langerhans Player Bio
Ryan Langerhans – MLB and Minor League Statistics – The Baseball Cube Stats

BravesBeat.com–Damon Hollins Player Bio
Damon Hollins – MLB and Minor League Statistics – The Baseball Cube Stats

Dewayne Wise – MLB and Minor League Statistics – The Baseball Cube Stats

BravesBeat.com–Billy McCarthy Player Bio

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