5 Atlanta Braves Who Won’t Make it Out of 2014 Spring Training

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5 Atlanta Braves Who Won’t Make it Out of 2014 Spring Training

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As of this writing it is still a few weeks until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. For the Atlanta Braves that will be the beginning of what they hope will be another run for the National League East divisional title. Two straight isn’t quite the same as 14 but you have to start somewhere right? That is what they will be aiming for and in the process we’ll get a look at some good prospects.

They will have split squad games so that everyone gets some playing time. Obviously because they need two teams to get everyone playing time, they all won’t make it out of Spring Training. The same is true of older players as it is for younger ones. One older player with a minor league deal and spring training invite is just as likely to make the team as a prospect and just as likely not to.

Of the Braves prospects and Spring Training invites this spring there will be more than five that don’t make the cut but these five listed here are the ones that I feel surely will have either minor league time or some time elsewhere instead of making the cut with the Braves’ Opening Day roster.

Of course injuries could happen and change everything about the team. What is listed here is assuming there are no big injuries that occur or even any big trades. If you agree or disagree and have another name you think won’t make it through the spring, please leave a comment below.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Ernesto Mejia – 1B

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Ernesto is a quality first base prospect and is bound to get a long look in spring training for one reason or another. Clearly with Freddie Freeman a returning MVP candidate, there will be no real place for Mejia in MLB this year.

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Elmer Reyes – SS

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Reyes was added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule-5 draft. He still is going to get at least a short look in Spring Training but he has a lot of time left in the minors before a decision has to be made regarding his future.

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Todd Cunningham – OF

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Cunningham is a quality fourth outfielder but I don’t think he will make it out of Spring Training because Jose Constanza and Joey Terdoslavich will. What happens with Cunningham is yet to be determined but I doubt he will break camp with the Braves.

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David Hale – SP

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The Braves have a surplus of starting pitching. I think Freddy Garcia will probably be kept on as a veteran fifth starter out of spring training which will probably leave Alex Wood in the bullpen to start the season and David Hale will probably get a little time in Triple-A to begin the year. I have a feeling that the rotation will look at least half different by the end of the season.

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Christian Bethancourt – C

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Bethancourt continues to climb the list of best minor league catchers. He was thought to be the heir apparent behind the plate after Brian McCann left but the emergence of Evan Gattis last season gave Bethancourt plenty of time. He will show up during spring training but will be sent back to Triple-A to continue to work on his offensive game.

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  • braves fan

    The braves need to sign freeman to a long term contract before he gets too expensive.