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This is our 2nd Braves Spring Training Roster Talk since games started and 3rd overall. Here are the first 2 installments if you’re late to the series:

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: Both Wright and Ynoa looked great in their last appearance and recency bias is going to win out when it comes to these rankings. Muller was strong, pumping 98 but I feel he’s way down the chain for now. Bryse Wilson is on the outside looking in again as his stuff just didn’t look like the blip we saw in the playoffs.

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

Breakdown: While I think the Braves still go the route of veterans out the gate, William Woods at age 22 is making a strong case for a RH bullpen spot. Sure, it’s unlikely but we never know the shelf life of these young hurlers with elite velo and Braves are desperate for RH relief. Crazier things have happened. Nate Jones has now had 2 good outings and Arano has made it to camp and looked good once and bloody awful once. I’ve made no real commitment to anyone (hence the highest candidate being 50%) and it sure does look like it’s a full-on tryout for the last 3 spots.

Also, I don’t want to give up on him after having such high hopes, but Weigel just doesn’t look like the same pitcher post-surgery. This makes me sad.

Braves Roster Talk: Catcher Candidates (1 available slot)

Breakdown: I don’t think anything has changed here, and while Shea Langeliers might be the best defensive catcher of the 3, I cannot imagine they’ll be clearing a 40-man spot for him.

Braves Roster Talk: Infield, Outfield, and Bench (5 available slots)

Breakdown: My gut tells me Ervin, Lamb, Adrianza, Kipnis, and Pache are the 5, but there’s a part of me that feels it’s a true tryout and, if so, Kipnis hasn’t performed and might not make it. Also, there could be a fringe addition and subtraction that occurs before the team goes north. For real though, the aforementioned 5 brings balance to the roster and 2 capable defensive utility players (one OF and 1 IF) in Adrianza and Ervin. On a side note, Ender hasn’t played in a week and isn’t in today’s lineup. My hope is that he’s been traded and Braves are just waiting on medicals for the return, but admittedly it could be injury.