These past few days, there have been a handful of roster updates that are quite important to the beginning of the Braves season. Today’s piece will cover all of the Braves roster updates and discuss the impact on the Opening day team.
Braves Add Top Talent to the Player Pool
In a pure developmental move, the Braves have added 19 year old, toolsy OFer, Michael Harris to the player pool. There are many people, David Lee included, that are very high on Harris. Here’s an excerpt from one David’s latest paid pieces on Harris:
I shy away from calling someone a five-tool prospect when the tools aren’t above-average potential across the board, but Harris does have multiple above-average potential tools and shows all five.David Lee
Braves Lose Yasiel Puig to COVID Positive
This was a tough one. Puig, a player with reverse splits, was brought in to help fill the void left when Nick Markakis opted out of the 2020 season. As noted in other pieces, the Braves will be facing some of the best RHP in the game and Puig would’ve been a welcomed addition to the team. It’s still 100% possible that the Braves revisit the signing after Puig, who’s asymptomatic, tests negative to the required 2 tests.
Braves Select 2 Veterans to MLB Roster
While Josh Tomlin seemed a foregone conclusion, Yonder Alonso was a bit of a surprise and goes to show that the Braves had reached desperation in regards to a LH bat to combat elite RH pitching. The Braves did not have to make any 40-man moves as there was already a space for both with Jeremy Walker on the 45-day IL and the open space that Markakis’s opt-out opened.
Freddie Freeman and Touki Toussaint Return!
Man…we needed this. While Will Smith is still on the COVID shelf, both Freddie Freeman and Touki Toussaint returned yesterday, providing a spark that the Braves needed after the loss of Yasiel Puig. To the surprise of no one, Freddie expects to be in the the lineup on Opening Day.
A LH bat Available?
In a bit of a surprising move for those in the know, Matt Adams opted out of his deal with the Mets after he was informed he wouldn’t make the 30-man roster. While Adams isn’t what he was the last time he was with the Braves, he can still smash RHP and likely would be a better option than any internal choices.
Thanks for reading Braves Roster Updates! If you enjoyed this piece, check out our piece on player options for the season, as it will be very important when determining roster moves.