5 Players Who Won’t Make Atlanta Braves’ 2014 Opening Day Roster

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5 Players Who Won’t Make Atlanta Braves’ 2014 Opening Day Roster

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As the 2014 Atlanta Braves roster takes shape there are fewer and fewer surprises. We already know that Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran and Craig Kimbrel can be penciled in for the better part of the next decade. Outside of that most of the other spots are concreted in as well. Because of that there are a few guys that probably know right now they will not make the Braves’ Opening Day roster.

For the most part these guys will be in pretty good shape either next year or some time during the next few seasons for sure. It is possible that few non-roster invitees could miss the roster and call it quits for a while. One such player is veteran starter and relief pitcher Freddy Garcia. Garcia has said if he doesn’t make the roster he will go home.

I’ll tell you now that he isn’t on my list but I have my doubts he will be on the roster. It does seem possible he will make the roster as a bullpen arm which is what keeps him off of this list. There are others of course. A few guys will definitely be on the roster who some thought would not be on the roster as well.

Dan Uggla is the biggest name of those as he was not shipped elsewhere and will set out to prove his standing as the Braves starting second baseman this season. Feel free to make good use of the comments section below if something catches your eye that you need to speak out about. Without further delay, here are five Braves who will not make the Opening Day roster.

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5 – Jason Hursh

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Since being drafted by the Braves in 2013 Hursh has really made waves in their farm system. It is even possible with a strong Spring Training and good first part of the season that he could leap towards an end of the season call-up this year or next. He isn’t going to make the roster out of camp though. There is still way too much for him to do in the minors for that.

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4 – J.R. Graham

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Graham had some injury problems last season in Double-A and is set to likely begin in that spot once again in 2014. Between now and then he can get a lot done to make sure his trip up the system is a quick one but he will not make the Opening Day roster.

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3 – Tommy La Stella

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Any drama around La Stella making the roster on Opening Day has faded a good bit by now. Dan Uggla is starting at second and the utility infielder Ramiro Pena proved to be an impact player himself before going down to injury in 2013. La Stella isn’t far away and could prove to be the Braves future at second base but that all is yet to be determined.

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2 – David Hale

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Hale came basically out of nowhere to shine late in 2013 in his call-up starts. He was so good in fact that based on those starts alone, he is in the mix for the fifth starter for the Braves. It seems very likely that fellow youngster Alex Wood will get the nod for that position however because he fits nicely and has more experience. Hale has a good future it would seem that is not far away however. It just isn’t going to start in the majors on Opening Day.

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1 – Christian Bethancourt

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Bethancourt might have been selected as the Opening Day starting catcher this season if Evan Gattis had not emerged in the way he has. Because of that however, Bethancourt is not going to make the roster. He will get the chance instead to further improve his offense in Triple-A to start the season.

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