After beating the Mets and Astros in back-to-back series, the Braves are now just four games back in the division with 39 games to play. It won’t be easy to catch up to New York, but regardless, Atlanta will be making the playoffs in some capacity. So what could the Braves 26-man postseason roster look like in six weeks?
I will be doing this in two parts, starting with the position players. Tomorrow, I will discuss which pitchers will be on the postseason roster.
- Dansby Swanson
- Austin Riley
- Matt Olson
- Ozzie Albies
- Vaughn Grissom
- Orlando Arcia
There’s not a lot that should surprise people with this group. Once Ozzie Albies returns, I expect him to be in the starting lineup, but the Braves have to find a spot for Vaughn Grissom if he continues to play like he has. They could potentially try him out in left field, but they could also use Albies as a DH some nights since he’s coming off injury, or they could use Grissom as a DH. Regardless, these are the six infielders that should be on the roster, as long as Arcia is back in time from his IL stint.
I wouldn’t be shocked if the Braves decided to ride with three catchers, so they could freely use either d’Arnaud or Contreras as the DH. I went against it, but don’t be surprised if Chadwick Tromp is included on the Braves postseason roster come October.
- Ronald Acuña Jr.
- Eddie Rosario
- Michael Harris II
- Robbie Grossman
- Guillermo Heredia
The top four on this list are locks unless there is an injury. The last spot is up in the air. I think Heredia will be included to serve as a defensive replacement. His energy in the clubhouse is also obviously valued by the Braves, or he wouldn’t still be on the 26-man roster. Those two things should earn Heredia a roster spot over Marcell Ozuna, who is the notable absence from my way-too-early Braves postseason roster. I don’t imagine he will be on this roster much longer once Ozzie Albies and Orlando Arcia return. Adrianza’s defensive versatility and contact bat could give him the edge over Heredia, but I went with the clubhouse guy since I don’t see much of a difference as far as the production goes on the field.
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