As expected, the Braves have begun trimming the fat off their Spring Training roster, re-assigning a large portion of their non-roster invites to minor-league camp.
… LHP Phil Pfeifer, INF Braden Shewmake, RHP Freddy Tarnok, RHP Victor Vodnik, OF Drew Waters, and RHP William Woods to minor league camp. #Braves
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) March 12, 2021
The most notable name here is Michael Harris. He was having an unbelievable spring, and the hype-train is now moving at 100 miles per hour. However, the reality is that he has only played in 22 games above the rookie-level. He was never an option to make the Opening Day roster, and it’s doubtful he makes his major-league debut at any point in 2021. Still, that doesn’t mean fans shouldn’t be extremely excited for the future of this 20-year-old.
Other notable names heading to minor league camp are Drew Waters, Bryce Ball, Braden Shewmake, and Travis Demeritte. The first three are top prospects, but I thought there was an outside shot that Demeritte could compete for a spot on the bench given his versatility.
So which non-roster invitees are still remaining on the roster? Our friend Braves Moves and Rumors on Twitter has the answer.
#Braves NRIs remaining in camp:
Sean Kazmar Jr
Carl Edwards Jr
— Braves Moves and Rumors (@Braves_Rumors) March 12, 2021
Nate Jones and Carl Edwards Jr. are competing for one of the bullpen’s last spots. Based on what we’ve seen from Jones in Spring Training, I would be surprised if he wasn’t included on the Opening Day roster.
Jason Kipnis, Pablo Sandoval, and Ehire Adrianza are also competing for a bench role. I would say Kipnis has the best shot of all of them to make it. As far as the others, they are all long shots, but it will be nice to get an extended look at Shea Langeliers, who is perhaps the Braves’ best catching prospect.
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