As most of you know, the rosters for major league teams expand tomorrow from 26 to 28 players, opening up spots for two new faces. I’ve already talked about Kyle Muller, and eventually, I expect him to occupy one of those spots, but who else could join him?
Frankly, the Braves have several options. Edgar Santana, Tanner Roark, Cristian Pache, and many others make sense. I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of them; however, if they want to add another bat, Atlanta’s best option could be Johan Camargo.
Understandably, Braves Country is probably tired of giving Camargo chances. Ever since posting 3.2 WAR as Atlanta’s starting third baseman back in 2018, he’s been miserable, including an 0-16 mark at the plate in the majors this season. With that being said, Camargo has been one of the most consistent bats in all of AAA this season, hitting .304 with 13 bombs and boasting a very encouraging .886 OPS. Still, that doesn’t mean he’ll get a chance to prove himself in the majors in September.
The Braves could opt to give both of their open roster spots to pitchers in order to keep their staff fresh for the stretch run and into the playoffs. They also might find it more beneficial to give one of their prospects, like Cristian Pache, some more time at the major-league level. Or they could even roll with three catchers, especially given the way Stephen Vogt has played since joining the Braves, which has been far from productive.
There are several different ways the Braves could go. I expect Camargo to be in the conversation, but who could blame Alex Anthopoulos and company if they chose to give someone else an opportunity, considering how many chances Camargo has already received.