2022 Atlanta Braves — The Ugly

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This continues my series of grades for the Atlanta Braves, breaking them up into three groups — the good, the okay, and the ugly. If you missed the first two installments of this series, follow the links below.

The 2022 Atlanta Braves — The Ugly

Ian Anderson

I don’t think it’s an overreaction to call Ian Anderson the biggest disappointment of the season. We are talking about a guy who was a huge part of the World Series squad in 2021 that performed so badly in 2022 that he was demoted to AAA, where he was equally as bad as he was in the majors. I still believe that Anderson will be a critical piece to Atlanta’s future, but this year is one he will have to erase from his memory.

Grade: F

Jake Odorizzi

I never thought I would find myself wishing for Will Smith to be on the roster, but Jake Odorizzi made me feel that way with his performance after he was traded to Atlanta from Houston in exchange for Smith. Once an All-Star, Odorizzi showed those days are way in the rearview with his performance for the Braves.

Grade: D

Marcell Ozuna

Hopefully, this is the last piece I ever have to write on Ozuna. Off the field, he’s been a mess for the past two years. But on it, he hasn’t been much better. Unfortunately, he still has two years left on his contract and is still owed $33 million. What an abysmal decision re-signing him turned out to be for the Atlanta Braves.

Grade: F-

Eddie Rosario

Ozuna was pitiful this season in all aspects, accruing -0.6 fWAR, but somehow, Eddie Rosario was significantly worse. His vision issues at the beginning of the season are partially responsible, but he wasn’t much better when he returned. The Atlanta Braves desperately need him to return to form next year.

Grade: F

Photo: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire


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