Braves make several roster moves ahead of Rule 5 Draft

Drew Lugbauer

Today was the deadline for MLB teams to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. As a result, the Braves made several roster moves.

Roddery Muñoz, Braden Shewmake, and Darius Vines are now all on the 40-man roster, which prevents them from entering the Rule 5 Draft. In corresponding moves, Silvino Bracho, Guillermo Heredia, and William Woods have all been designated for assignment. This doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of them. Each one of them could choose to ink a minor-league deal with the Braves, which is something to monitor.

Muñoz is a 22-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic. He spent most of last season having success in Rome and will likely begin 2023 in AA Mississippi. Shewmake is a former first-round pick out of Texas A&M that hasn’t lived up to where he was drafted. I’m not quite sure where he fits into Atlanta’s future plans, but it’s still too early to give up on someone that was taken 21st overall. Vines is one of the brightest arms in the organization. With another impressive season, we could see him in Atlanta sooner rather than later.

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