By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on September 2, 2014
Several different things are going on for the Atlanta Braves right now. In spite of the fact that they seem to not want a playoff spot on some days, other teams are losing too and they still have a shot as of Sept. 1. This marks the time for September call-ups as well and the players called up could play a huge role for the Braves down the stretch. Here are five takeaways from the Braves' call-ups.
Jaime has all that any pitching coach could want out of a bullpen arm. He can throw the ball upwards of 100 mph and has the ability to strike MLB hitters out right now. There is one big problem with Jaime, however, and it is his control. It doesn't matter if he could throw the ball 200 mph. If he doesn't throw strikes, he is no good to the Braves this year. This is his chance to prove he is able to do that now.
Even though they do have lefties in their bullpen, the Braves certainly do not have that magical shut down left-handed specialist to bring in against power hitting lefties. Look for Shreve to get at least a short look at that position. If he is able to achieve some success, he could see a fairly high amount of workload as the season draws to a close.
Terdoslavich has been around for a few years in the Braves system and the guy just cannot break into the majors. This season proved to be yet another down year with a slight surge at the end. He might get a look as a pinch-hitter in September and it could be his last chance to prove he has a spot with the Braves in the future. If he does not do well, look for him to be an add-on for a trade this winter.
Constanza has some real potential in the outfield and he has speed. It would not be strange at all to see him get a start or two in center field, and a shot at the leadoff or second spot in the batting order. If he does well in any of these roles, it could play a big role into the Braves choices this winter as far as which outfielders to keep and which ones to trade.
One person you can plan on the Braves trading is apparently catcher Evan Gattis. Bethancourt will be with the Braves on Tuesday, and it would be a shock if he didn't get at least a couple of starts behind the plate during his first week back in the bigs. Without a doubt, he is the catcher for the Braves next season and possibly as early as this month.
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