Last year, the Braves AAA affiliate was chock full of Quad A players that could be called upon in a pinch to fill in for an injured MLB player, then get DFA’d and either clear waivers and go back to AAA or get claimed and continue collecting an MLB check in another uniform.
While there are several players that fit the aforementioned profile, there are also a TON of guys that are MLB caliber players and just need to find how to show it once again. In today’s piece, I will look at the roster, categorize the players, and then talk about today’s game.
Gwinnett Stripers Opening Day Roster
Pitchers : Ian Anderson, Bryce Elder, Michael Soroka, Seth Elledge, Jackson Stephens, Grant Holmes, Connor Johnstone,
Nolan Kingham, Brian Moran, Roel Ramirez, Yacksel Rios, Matt Swarmer, Ty Tice, Allan Winans, Danny Young
Catchers: Chadwick Tromp, Joe Hudson
Infielders: Charlie Culberson, Joshua Fuentes, Vaughn Grissom, Hoy Park, Yolmer Sanchez, Braden Shewmake
Outfielders: Justin Dean, Jordan Luplow, Magneuris Sierra, Forrest Wall, Eli White
Developmental List: Ryan Casteel , Joe Dunand , John Olzcak
Breakdown: Thie first 5 on the pitchers list have a solid chance of making the bigs this year, if they can stay healthy. From there, there’s not much more than filler, although Yacksel Rios might really surprise some people. The catchers are emergency callups with Tromp being the first in line considering he’s already on the 40-man roster. Both the infield and outfield groups are loaded with real talent and there’d be 0 surprise on my face should anyone on the list get called up, with Justin Dean being an exception. Culberson, Fuentes, Park, Sanchez, Sierra would likely be the emergency call-up/DFA after a few days player while the others could be more permanent.
In my opinion, this team will win a lot of games but that doesn’t really matter. What is fun about this team is there are plenty fan favorites to go see for a fraction of the cost of a big league game.
Elder got the start, going 6 innings, giving up 5 hits to only 1 walk, but allowed 4 runs. Young and Elledge pitched an inning each, neither gave up a run and they both struck out 2.
The offense had 7 hits and also tallied 6 walks. Here are the highlights:
- Eli White, 1-4, 1BB, 2 SB
- Vaughn Grissom: 1-3 with a triple, 2BB (played SS)
- Braden Shewmake: 1-5, 4K, walk off 3-run HR
- Chadwick Tromp: 2-4, 2 RBI
- Forrest Wall: 1-3, 1BB, 2 RBI
Here are some clips of guys we want to see:
This team is going to be a ton of fun!
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