With the 3 latest cuts, the Braves are now down to 37 players left in camp.

Travis Demeritte is not a surprise, but the other 2 were, at least for me. Brian Snitker has talked quite a bit about bench roles when the DH is present and it’s a difficult position to put a young player in, knowing there’ll be very little action. With that knowledge, I thought Brock Holt was a lock for the roster. There are 3 non-roster candidates in camp that could fill the spot. Between Phil Gosselin, Phil Valaika, and Ryan Goins, my money’s on Goose, but my real money is on someone that’s not in camp at the moment. We’ve seen it in the past, but AA sure does love his waiver claims and there’ll be a lot of them soon.

Braves Roster Locks

Assuming there are 28 players that’ll head north, here are my roster locks, assuming there’s no injury before camp breaks:

  1. Travis d’Arnuad
  2. Manny Piña
  3. Matt Olson
  4. Ozzie Albies
  5. Dansby Swanson
  6. Austin Riley
  7. Orlando Arica
  8. Marcell Ozuna
  9. Adam Duvall
  10. Eddie Rosario
  11. Alex Dickerson
  12. Guillermo Heredia
  13. Max Fried
  14. Charlie Morton
  15. Ian Anderson
  16. Kenley Jansen
  17. Will Smith
  18. Tyler Matzek
  19. A.J. Minter
  20. Collin McHugh

That leaves 8 spots up for debate.

Braves Roster Needs

3 Starting Pitchers

The competition for the 3 spots are Kyle Muller, Kyle Wright, Huascar Ynoa, Spencer Strider, and Tucker Davidson. For me, it’s anyone’s guess on who begins the year on the team, but if I were picking it would be Muller, Tucker, and Strider. We could also see some piggybacking which completely blows up this scenario. If that were the case, I’d guess 4 of the make it.

4 Relief Pitchers

As stated above, this could be a moot point should the Braves go with the piggyback option for their starters, but for longevity’s sake, my money is on Darren O’Day making the roster, along with Tyler Thornburg and, because he’s fresh out of options and could be used to piggyback, Sean Newcomb.

1 Utility Player

I’m just not sold on any Goose, Valaika, or Goins. One of the keys to coming off the bench as a UI guy in a DH league is speed. None of these guys qualify as anything more than average on the basepaths. Goose is the pick for now, but I don’t think he ends up on the squad.