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This is our 3rd Braves Spring Training Roster Talk since games started and 4th overall. Here are the first 2 installments if you’re late to the series:

Braves 40-Man Roster and *Non-Roster Invitees Left in MLB Camp


  1. Ian Anderson
  2. Grant Dayton
  3. Max Fried
  4. Luke Jackson
  5. Chris Martin
  6. A.J. Minter
  7. Tyler Matzek
  8. Charlie Morton
  9. Sean Newcomb
  10. Will Smith
  11. Drew Smyly
  12. Mike Soroka
  13. Josh Tomlin
  14. Touki Toussaint
  15. Jacob Webb
  16. Bryse Wilson
  17. Kyle Wright
  18. Huascar Ynoa
  19. *Carl Edwards Jr.
  20. *Nate Jones


  1. Ozzie Albies
  2. Johan Camargo
  3. Freddie Freeman
  4. Austin Riley
  5. Dansby Swanson
  6. *Ehire Adrianza
  7. *Sean Kazmar Jr.
  8. *Jason Kipnis
  9. *Pablo Sandoval
  10. Jake Lamb


  1. Ronald Acuna Jr.
  2. Abraham Almonte
  3. Ender Inciarte
  4. Marcell Ozuna
  5. Cristian Pache
  6. Phillip Ervin


  1. William Contreras
  2. Travis d’Arnaud
  3. Alex Jackson

2021 Braves Spring Training Roster Predictions: The Locks

Starting Pitcher: Max FriedCharlie MortonIan AndersonDrew Smyly (*1 spot available)

Relief Pitcher: Will Smith,Chris Martin,Tyler Matzek, Josh TomlinA.J. Minter(*3 spots available)

Position Players: Freddie FreemanOzzie AlbiesAustin RileyDansby SwansonRonald Acuna Jr.Marcell OzunaTravis d’Arnaud(6 spots available)

*There are rumors aswirl that the Braves could choose to go with 4 starting pitchers out the gate and that wouldn’t surprise me. I’ll provide guesses for both scenarios. Also, Tomlin has only pitched 1 inning this spring and maybe that’s his personal choice, or maybe not. He said he’s been pitching on the side and is good to go. Regardless, until I hear different, he’s a lock.

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/Relief Pitcher

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

Breadown:Ynoa has looked downright dominant, but is still mirroring his past with THE inning where he just loses his marbles. Wilson and Wright haven’t “looked” better, but have had better results. It’s anyone’s guess here, but I still think it’s Ynoa’s to lose with Wilson and Wright on his tail. Obviously all three’s chances of making the roster as a starting pitcher decreases to 0 if the Braves choose to go with 4 pitchers.

Braves Roster Talk: Relief Pitcher Candidates (3-4 available slots)

Breakdown: . The Braves can stash both Newk and Touki in AAA, but Dayton and Jackson would have to be DFA’d. Neither losses would really bother me. If Ynoa becomes the 5th starter, CEJ and Nate’s chances increase dramatically, and while both have had good results, there’s still warts on their shiny ERAs (CEJ, BB rate, NJ, K-rate) . Word on the streets is Newcomb is hitting triple digits with his fastball and he’s also looked very strong in recent outing. And Touki, despite the occasionaly Touki-ish outing, has manage to put together a good spring. This is as tough as it gets, but I think it’s a strong possibility Jackson and Dayton are pitching for other teams in April, Webb is a near lock, and the other 5 are fighting for the final spots.

Braves Roster Talk: Catcher Candidates (1 available slot)

Breakdown: Bowman’s been pounding Alex Jackson’s name in as the backup catcher, but has recently changed his prediction to Contreras. Welcome aboard, Peanut. Contreras is darn near equal to Jackson with the glove and has way more potential with the bat and has displayed it all spring. Now is not the time for service manipulation.

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

Breakdown: I’ll be real here…I’m going to be hacked off if Pache isn’t in the lineup on Opening Day. My stance hasn’t really changed. He has not had good results at the plate, but has hit the ball hard. We haven’t heard much buzz from Kipnis recently, but he’s done exactly what he should have to earn an Opening Day nod. Jake Lamb has been the big ? here as the Braves believe in the potential but have yet to see the results. Austin Riley isn’t hitting and maybe I shouldn’t be counting him as a lock, but the Braves have given me no reason to remove him. Adrianza is absolutely demolishing the baseball and Anthopoulos is likely running out of reasons to leave him off the roster. Camargo looks healthier, Ender still sucks, and none of the backup OFers are playing worth a toot. If AA stays internal, I think Ervin gets the opportunity due to his handedness, but this feels like a position that might be filled externally.

Final Breakdown: If all of these moves come to fruition, there would need to be 5 40-man roster moves. Luke Jackson would be the first casualty as he’s out of options. Two more that would be easy would be Heredia and Almonte. From there, Sobotka and Ender seem the logical choice.