Predicting the Atlanta Braves’ Opening Day 25-Man Roster

Atlanta Braves' 25-Man Opening Day Roster Predictions

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The Atlanta Braves will set out to repeat as National League East Division Champions and reach the postseason for the third straight year. In the past few days, their starting rotation has received a few scares, which have caused them to go out and make a big-time free agent signing. The 25-man roster would have looked slightly different just a few days ago. But, with a new name added, here is how the Braves could look come Opening Day.

Julio Teheran - SP

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Julio Teheran - SP

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After the injuries to other members of the Braves' starting rotation, the young righty Julio Teheran has an opportunity to become the Opening Day starter. Right about now, I bet the Braves are lucky that a trade did not happen that would have shipped the rising star out of town.

Ervin Santana - SP

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Ervin Santana - SP

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The newly acquired Ervin Santana will join the Braves as a veteran presence on a young staff. He will pack an immediate impact in the National League for a strong World Series contender.

Alex Wood - SP

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Alex Wood - SP

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Entering the 2014 season, Alex Wood was already competing for a spot in the starting rotation. Now with Kris Medlen possibly out for the season, Wood could likely now be a lock for the front five. He is having a tremendous start to the spring already and could play a huge role this season for the Braves.

Brandon Beachy - SP

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Brandon Beachy - SP

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Unfortunately for the Braves, just a day after Kris Medlen left a game early due to arm troubles, Brandon Beachy did the same. It is unclear how much time Beachy may miss with this latest flare up. Beachy has battled numerous injuries in his career and will hope to stay on the field all season this year, rather than the DL.

Mike Minor - SP

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Mike Minor - SP

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Mike Minor is yet another starting pitcher the Braves have that is not quite 100 percent. Minor will likely miss a turn or two through the rotation to open the year, but once there, he will look to build on a strong second half of the season from a year ago.

Freddie Freeman - 1B

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Freddie Freeman - 1B

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Freddie Freeman just signed a big contract extension. He is a part of the Braves' core that will be one of the key run-producers in the lineup.

Dan Uggla - 2B

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Dan Uggla - 2B

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Dan Uggla will likely be the Opening Day second basemen, however, his window of maintaining that spot could be closing. He is capable of hitting the long ball, but the batting average must improve.

Chris Johnson - 3B

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Chris Johnson - 3B

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Chris Johnson is the under-the-radar guy manning the hot-corner for the Braves. He will likely hit down in the order, but is still capable of producing respectable numbers.

Andrelton Simmons - SS

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Andrelton Simmons - SS

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Young shortstop Andrelton Simmons won the starting job last year in camp, and will look to continue to develop his skills for the Braves. Simmons is a player that can display power with the long ball, and also steal a few bases as well. Hitting down in the order, his job will be to turn the lineup over to get back to the heart of the order.

Justin Upton - LF

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Justin Upton - LF

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Justin Upton's first season in Atlanta was a success that arguably could have been viewed as an MVP-caliber season. He will look to continue that success and get back to the playoffs in the heart of the Braves' order.

B.J. Upton - CF

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B.J. Upton - CF

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For as good of a year his brother Justin Upton had, B.J. Upton's 2013 season was the polar opposite. His average was below the Mendoza line and his playing time was decreased because of it. Is it capable of getting turned around this year?

Jason Heyward - RF

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Jason Heyward - RF

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Jason Heyward still has the potential to be a major run-producer. However, he is also prone to missing time during the season. Heyward is a rare talent who can play defense, steal bases, and hit the long ball.

Evan Gattis - C

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Evan Gattis - C

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Evan Gattis had a nice rookie campaign last season. He will not take over the starting catcher duties from the departed Brian McCann. He is also capable of being a backup outfielder. His power will show through, but how will Gattis handle everyday play will be the key factor.

Jordan Schafer - Bench

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Jordan Schafer - Bench

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Jordan Schafer projects as a role player coming off of the bench for the Braves. He will land an occasional start and also could see increased playing time if B.J. Upton continues to show signs of struggle this year.

Tyler Pastornicky - Bench

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Tyler Pastornicky - Bench

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Tyler Pastornicky has worked his way back to the big-league roster. This year, he will be the utility infielder, and is also capable of spelling Dan Uggla at second, should he go into an extended slump.

Ryan Doumit - Bench

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Ryan Doumit - Bench

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Ryan Doumit could end up being a nice pickup for the Braves. He is a left-hand bat off of the bench who can also catch, and play both first base and outfield. He is also a hitter who can get the bat through the zone just enough to put the ball over the fence.

Gerald Laird - Bench

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Gerald Laird - Bench

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The Braves could be a rare team that will carry three catchers. However, unlike Gattis and Doumit, Gerald Laird is strictly a backstop. Throughout the season, Laird will get the occasional start, but will primarily be a pinch hit bat off of the bench.

Bullpen

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Bullpen

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The Braves bullpen projects to have several young flame throwers that will be called upon. They will be led by arguably the best closer now in the game in the form of Craig Kimbrel.

Also, from the right side, they will showcase David Hale, David Carpenter, Jordan Walden, Cory Gearrin and Anthony Varvaro.

From the left side, the Braves will showcase Luis Avilan and Jonny Venters.

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