September 1st used to be loaded with excitement for many players as each team could carry their entire 40-man roster should they choose to do so. That’s no longer the case as MLB implemented a rule to keep roster expansion to 28 players, meaning the Braves (along with every other team) can add 1 pitcher and 1 position player tomorrow. In today’s piece, we will take a look at what the roster might look like tomorrow, as well as what it could look like when other players are finished rehabbing.

Predicting Tomorrow’s Roster

Tomorrow’s news got a little less juicy with today’s news:

Look, if Ronald Weasley can convince dark wizards that a ghoul in his attic dressed up in his clothes is Ronald, himself, with spattergroit, I guess it’s not impossible to convince MLB that Darren O’Day sprained his big toe. It feels cliche to say this after the Harry Potter reference, but AA truly is a wizard. Let’s look at the crew that will likely be on the expanded roster come tomorrow:


  1. Travis d’Arnaud
  2. William Contreras
  3. Matt Olson
  4. Vaughn Grissom
  5. Dansby Swanson
  6. Austin Riley
  7. Ehire Adrianza
  8. Ronald Acuña Jr.
  9. Michael Harris II
  10. Eddie Rosario
  11. Robbie Grossman
  12. Marcell Ozuna (ugh)
  13. Guillermo Heredia
  14. Orlando Arcia

Breakdown: There’s an outside chance that Arcia isn’t ready to return, and in that case, the only other solution currently on the 40-man is Rylan Bannon, a waiver claim from the Dodgers. There’s also a new piece to the puzzle as the Braves signed Jake Marisnick to a MILB deal. While I can’t see a current fit, I can also tell the smartest blog on the planet that, you know it and I know it, Heredia and Ozuna do nothing for this team. Marisnick would.

The interesting decisions will come when players are deemed ready, either physically or mentally. Those players: Ozzie Albies, Chadwick Tromp, Mike Soroka, Jackson Stephens, Darren O’Day, Ian Anderson.

There’s also a player that isn’t in the org (or any other org) that the Braves could add, and he’s a really good player, but hasn’t played baseball in a year. Would the Braves take a gamble on Michael Conforto, allowing him to get his reps in at AAA, then activate him for the postseason? Crazier things have happened, but make no mistake, Eddie Rosario isn’t exactly filling up the stat-sheet and a backup plan could very well be in AA’s mind.


  1. Charlie Morton
  2. Max Fried
  3. Spencer Strider
  4. Kyle Wright
  5. Jake Odorizzi
  6. A.J. Minter
  7. Tyler Matzek
  8. Dylan Lee
  9. Collin McHugh
  10. Tyler Yates
  11. Jesse Chavez
  12. Jay Jackson
  13. Raisel Iglesias
  14. Kenley Jansen

Breakdown: I almost chopped Jay off this list, but kept him due to a strong outing recently. He’ll stay up for now, but has options and we all know AA sure likes to use those. Some guys, outside of Soroka and Jackson Stephens, that could get battle tested in the bullpen would be Freddy Tarnok and, when healthy from that major big toe injury, Darren O’Day.