The Braves just announced their list of non-roster invitees to Spring Training.
Atlanta #Braves Announce 2023 Spring Training Non-Roster Invitees: pic.twitter.com/kX5SRMvtMm
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 1, 2023
The most notable name here is Jesse Chavez, who will surely challenge for a spot in the Braves bullpen. He’s been an essential piece to the team over the last two seasons; however, his place is not guaranteed. Alex Anthopoulos loaded up on bullpen arms this offseason, and we saw the Braves part ways with Chavez not once but twice last year.
Two other pitchers I’m excited to watch during Spring Training are Dylan Dodd and Jared Shuster. Dodd had a 3.36 ERA in 26 starts over three levels last season (A+-AAA). He, along with Shuster, who was the Braves’ first-round pick in 2020, are now two of the best arms in the Braves’ farm system right now.
The position players to watch are Ehire Adrianza, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Kevin Pillar. They will all be competing for a spot on the bench. Pillar is probably the best of the bunch, but he’s owed $3 million if he makes the major-league roster, which could deter the Braves from adding him if the competition is close. The club also has a surplus of outfielders on its roster. Braves Spring Training will be intriguing as always.
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