The Braves have officially released their NLDS roster, and as expected, there are several surprising absences.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 7, 2023
The one shocking additions is Daysbel Hernandez. The rookie has only made four appearances and owns a 7.36 ERA, but he does own a 2.19 ERA over 23 minor league appearances this season, and his stuff is filthy, featuring a high-90s fastball and wipeout slider.
The two notable absences are Kyle Wright and Jesse Chavez. I thought Wright had a chance to be a big piece of what the Braves put together for Game 3. Now, it looks like AJ Smith-Shawver or Bryce Elder will get the ball with a short leash.
Jesse Chavez also wasn’t included, but don’t ask me why. The guy owns a 1.56 ERA over 36 appearances this season. He did miss three months with a micro-fracture in his shin, but he didn’t skip a beat upon his return, recording a 1.59 ERA in five appearances. I’m not sure of the reasoning, but I am sure Jesse Chavez has to be tired of being the odd man out. The guy has done nothing but shove in a Braves uniform, but the decision makers never seem to take him seriously.
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