I honestly do not know why I am surprised by some of the moves that the Atlanta Braves make sometimes. They announced their 25 man roster today and there was a surprise, to say the least. What was expected was Tyler Pastornicky, Randall Delgado, and Yohan Flande to make the team. Pastornicky seperated himself over the final two weeks of the Spring. Delgado struggled at times, but wasn’t as bad as Julio Teheran. Yohan Flande earned his spot in the bullpen, especially as Cory Gearrin struggled at the end of the Spring. These moves were not the surprise, though. The final spot on the team was surprising.
Jose Constanza “won” the final spot on the team. He seems to have made the team because he was on the 40 man roster. He was outplayed by Jordan Parraz and Luis Durango throughout the spring. He belted an outstanding .175/.195/.175. Yes, his OPS was .370. Parraz and Durango had higher OBPs than Constanza’s OPS. Yet, he made the team?!? I am baffled.
Never underestimate blackmail. Constanza may have pictures of Fredi Gonzalez in questionable situations. There is no other explanation for his inclusion on the 25 man roster.
The question I have is what does a guy have to do to make the team? Parraz slugged .511 with 8 RBIs, which was good for 6th on the team. Durango hit .467 and had a .556 OBP. Both are much better hitters than Constanza. Both can play all three outfield positions.
The Braves also have 5 open spots on their 40 man roster. There is no obvious reason why they need 5 spots on their 40 man roster. Chalk this signing up as another baffling move that the Atlanta Braves made.