In my last piece where I predicted the Opening Day roster, I swung and missed on 3 of the above but, admittedly, I thought AA would play the team control game and option Nick Anderson and Jordan Luplow, but convinced myself to stop being stubborn. From now on, I’m going to stay mule-headed.

Who are the 32 Braves Left in Camp?

With 26 roster spots available, it looks like the team has 20 spots, for sure, locked in.

Starting Pitchers (3): Max Fried, Charlie Morton, Spencer Strider

Relief Pitchers (7): Raisel Iglesias, A.J. Minter, Joe Jimenez, Collin McHugh, Dylan Lee, Lucas Luetge, and Kirby Yates

Catchers(2): Sean Murphy and Travis D’Arnaud

Infielders (4): Matt Olson, Ozzie Albies, Orlando Arcia, Austin Riley

Outfielders (3): Ronald Acuna Jr., Michael Harris II, Eddie Rosario

DH(1): Marcell Ozuna

The Last of of Us: Braves Roster Hopefuls

With 20 locked in, that leaves 12 players in camp fighting for 6 roster spots, but realistically, it’s only 9 because 3 will start the year on the IL. Let’s get to it.

Injured List (3): Kolby Allard, Tyler Matzek, Huascar Ynoa.

Starting Pitchers (4): Dylan Dodd, Jared Shuster, Michael Soroka, Kyle Wright

Relief Pitchers (2): Michael Tonkin, Jesse Chavez

Infielders (1): Ehire Adrianza

Outfielders (2): Kevin Pillar, Sam Hilliard

Catchers: None

Last Stab at Predictions

I still think that there will be some sort of outside addition before the end of spring, but for now, I feel pretty good about my 6 for Opening Day:

Starting Pitcher (1): Shuster. He’s been hyped by Brian Snitker all spring so he gets the nod over Dodd.

Relief Pitchers (2): Tonkin and Chavez. If Braves go with 4 SPs out the gate (which I think they will), it will give them a chance to see if Tonkin can get MLB hitters out. If he gets a few appearances and flails, he’ll be cut when Wright gets activated.

Infielders (1): There’s only one to choose from and apparently his roster spot is so damn valuable that AA sent both starting SS candidates to AAA. He’s a fine player…I guess.

Outfielders (2): Sam Hilliard and Kevin Pillar. AA is going to have Snitker do a whole lot of experimenting in the first few weeks of the season and I think both Hilliard and Pillar will be 2 of the major test subjects.

Thoughts on the roster? Are you satisfied with the Braves squad? Think I’m wrong. Let’s hear your thoughts.