Prior to Spring Training, I released the first Spring Training Roster Talk, of which listed all of the players that would be participating in Spring Training. Since then, we’ve seen 2 subtractions, freshly released Jason Creasy and DFA’d Jack Mayfield, who was then traded to the Angels. Phil Pfeifer was also designated for assignment, however his spring training invite is still intact as he went unclaimed and is back with the team.

Notable additions since our last talk includes Jake Lamb, Guillermo Heredia, and Phillip Ervin. With the additions of 3 players and the subtraction of 2, and a few spring training games under the belt, let’s take a look at the changes, however let’s remind you of the assumptions made that still stand true:

  1. Mike Soroka will not break camp with the team due to health concerns.
  2. Braves will carry 8 relievers and a 5 man bench.
  3. Backup catchers such as Logan Brown, Jonathan Morales will not be included on the % chance list as they are merely here to aid in catching all of the spring training bullpens.
  4. Aside from Soroka, this list assumes that everyone else is 100% healthy.

Braves 40-Man Roster and *Non-Roster Invitees


  1. Ian Anderson
  2. Victor Arano
  3. Tucker Davidson
  4. Grant Dayton
  5. Jasseel De La Cruz
  6. Max Fried
  7. Luke Jackson
  8. Chris Martin
  9. A.J. Minter
  10. Tyler Matzek
  11. Charlie Morton
  12. Kyle Muller
  13. Sean Newcomb
  14. Philip Pfeifer
  15. Will Smith
  16. Drew Smyly
  17. Chad Sobotka
  18. Mike Soroka
  19. Josh Tomlin
  20. Touki Toussaint
  21. Jacob Webb
  22. Bryse Wilson
  23. Patrick Weigel
  24. Kyle Wright
  25. Huascar Ynoa
  26. *Thomas Burrows
  27. *Carl Edwards Jr.
  28. *Daysbel Hernandez
  29. *Kurt Hoekstra
  30. *Connor Johnstone
  31. *Nate Jones
  32. *Nolan Kingham
  33. *Freddy Tarnok
  34. *Victor Vodnik
  35. *William Woods


  1. Ozzie Albies
  2. Johan Camargo
  3. Freddie Freeman
  4. Austin Riley
  5. Dansby Swanson
  6. *Ehire Adrianza
  7. *Bryce Ball
  8. *CJ Alexander
  9. *Sean Kazmar Jr.
  10. *Jason Kipnis
  11. *Pablo Sandoval
  12. *Braden Shewmake
  13. Jake Lamb


  1. Ronald Acuna Jr.
  2. Abraham Almonte
  3. Travis Demeritte
  4. Ender Inciarte
  5. Marcell Ozuna
  6. Cristian Pache
  7. Phillip Ervin
  8. *Justin Dean
  9. *Michael Harris
  10. *Trey Harris
  11. *Drew Waters


  1. William Contreras
  2. Travis d’Arnaud
  3. Alex Jackson
  4. *Logan Brown
  5. *Shea Langeliers
  6. *Jonathan Morales

2021 Braves Spring Training Roster Predictions: The Locks

Starting Pitcher: Max Fried, Charlie Morton, Ian Anderson, Drew Smyly (1 spot available)

Relief Pitcher: Will Smith,Chris Martin,Tyler Matzek,Josh Tomlin, A.J. Minter;(3 spots available)

Position Players: Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, Dansby Swanson, Ronald Acuna Jr., Marcell Ozuna, Travis d’Arnaud(6 spots available)

Positions of Need

Here are the needs as I see them:

  • Backup Catcher
  • Utilty Infielder
  • Starting Outfielder
  • Backup Outfielder
  • Bench Bat
  • Bench Bat
  • RH Relief Pitcher
  • RH Relief Pitcher
  • Relief Pitcher
  • Starting Pitcher

Braves Roster Talk: Starting Pitcher Candidates (1 available slot)

Breadown: Kyle Wright didn’t do himself any favors in his first start of the spring and news breaking that Huascar Ynoa is being given a chance to start is certainly worth noting, and he looked REALLY good in Monday’s outing. Also, word came out after the first spring training game that Sean Newcomb isn’t being stretched out and is going to be fighting for a bullpen spot in 2021, so he’ll be removed here. Things alter here should Braves start the year with a 6-man rotation.

Braves Roster Talk: Relief Pitcher Candidates (3 available slots)

Breakdown: Ynoa’s chances go up here because he could be the 2nd long man in the bullpen. Carl Edwards Jr. had a good outing and already looks to project as the best righty in the bullpen should he be able to stay healthy. Arano is still out with visa issues and both Weigel and Newcomb looked rough in their first outing, so % goes down for all 3. Touki looked unhittable his first inning on Monday then fell apart in the 2nd. For the life of me, I don’t understand why the Braves won’t just make him a 1-inning reliever and be done with it.

Braves Roster Talk: Catcher Candidates (1 available slot)

Breakdown: Some inside info…the Braves offered Tyler Flowers a contract, but he wasn’t too fond of the offer so he didn’t take it. I don’t know the offer, but it affirms my assumption that the Braves aren’t really comfortable with their backup catcher at this point. Langeliers gunned a runner down in the first spring training game, but I still think he starts at AAA. Contreras looked really good at the plate and I’m giving him the edge in the 2-man battle.

Braves Roster Talk: Infield, Outfield, and Bench (6 available slots)

Breakdown: With both Lamb and Ervin showing well early, I think it’s safe to say that they’re the favorites for now to cover the bench. For me, it feels like Kipnis, Contreras, and Camargo will hold down the other 3 spots unless there’s a roster addition.

Thanks for reading Braves Spring Training Roster Talk. If you’re curious, this adjustment from William Contreras has been the secret to his success and why I think he’s ready for the MLB now.