Atlanta Braves Spring Training officially kicks off today as pitchers and catchers report to CoolToday Park in North Port, Fla. Position players are set to report on February 17, the first full-squad workout is scheduled for February 18, and the Braves begin Grapefruit League play on February 22 with a
Atlanta Braves Spring Training officially kicks off today as pitchers and catchers report to CoolToday Park in North Port, Fla. Position players are set to report on February 17, the first full-squad workout is scheduled for February 18, and the Braves begin Grapefruit League play on February 22 with a 1:05 p.m. game vs. Baltimore.
Atlanta's current Spring Training roster features 33 players who saw action (including rehab assignments) with the Gwinnett Stripers in 2019. That list includes 22 members of the Braves' 40-man roster and 11 non-roster invitees.
2019 Stripers on 40-man (22):Pitchers (16):Tucker Davidson
, Grant Dayton
, Mike Foltynewicz
, A.J. Minter
, Sean Newcomb
, Darren O'Day
, Philip Pfeifer
, Chad Sobotka
, Mike Soroka
, Touki Toussaint
, Jeremy Walker
, Jacob Webb
, Patrick Weigel
, Bryse Wilson
, Kyle Wright
, Huascar YnoaCatchers (1):Alex JacksonInfielders (1):Johan CamargoOutfielders (4):Adam Duvall
, Ender Inciarte
, Cristian Pache
, Austin Riley
2019 Stripers on NRI list (11):Pitchers (5):Ian Anderson
, Thomas Burrows
, Kurt Hoekstra
, Connor Johnstone
, Ben RowenCatchers (1):Jonathan MoralesInfielders (3):Sean Kazmar Jr.
, Jack Lopez
, Riley UnroeOutfielders (2):Rafael Ortega
, Drew Waters
Of the 33 players…
Nineteen played in the Majors with Atlanta in 2019, including 13 pitchers (Dayton, Foltynewicz, Minter, Newcomb, O'Day, Sobotka, Soroka, Toussaint, Walker, Webb, Wilson, Wright, and Ynoa) and six position players (Camargo, Duvall, Inciarte, Jackson, Ortega, and Riley).
Five (Jackson, Riley, Walker, Webb, and Ynoa) made their Major League debuts with Atlanta in 2019. Weigel was recalled by the Braves twice during the season but didn't make his debut.
Twelve (Anderson, Burrows, Davidson, Hoekstra, Johnstone, Lopez, Morales, Pache, Pfeifer, Unroe, Waters, and Weigel) are hoping to make their Major League debuts at some point in 2020.
Two are seeking long-awaited returns to the Majors, with Kazmar Jr. last reaching in 2008 with the San Diego Padres (his MLB debut) and Rowen last reaching in 2016 with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Thirteen were on the Stripers' 2019 Opening Day roster, including seven pitchers (Burrows, Dayton, Johnstone, Soroka, Toussaint, Webb, and Wilson), and six position players (Duvall, Jackson, Kazmar Jr., Lopez, Ortega, and Riley). Additionally, Foltynewicz was part of the roster while on a rehab assignment.
Fifteen were on the Stripers' Postseason roster, including nine pitchers (Anderson, Davidson, Pfeifer, Rowen, Toussaint, Weigel, Wilson, Wright, and Ynoa), and six position players (Kazmar Jr., Lopez, Morales, Pache, Unroe, and Waters). Additionally, Dayton and Riley were part of the roster while on rehab assignments, and 2020 non-roster invitee Carlos Martínez was a late injury replacement and didn't play.
Eight spent rehab assignments with the Stripers in 2019, including Foltynewicz (right elbow bone spur, 4/4-4/21), Sobotka (left abdomen strain, 5/23), Newcomb (concussion, 6/22), Inciarte (lumbar strain, 7/11-7/17), Webb (right elbow impingement, 7/31-8/3), Dayton (fractured big toe, 8/20-9/2), Riley (right knee sprain, 8/26-9/2), and O'Day (right forearm strain, 8/30-9/2).
Six earned major awards from either the International League or the Atlanta Braves last season, including Rowen (IL Midseason All-Star), Duvall (IL Postseason All-Star), Ortega (Gwinnett Player of the Year), Wilson (Gwinnett Pitcher of the Year), Anderson (Braves' Phil Niekro MiLB Pitcher of the Year Award), and Burrows (Braves' Bill Lucas Award).
Ten ended 2019 on the MLB.com Atlanta Braves Top 30 Prospects List, including Pache (1), Waters (2), Anderson (3), Wright (4), Wilson (6), Ynoa (10), Weigel (12), Davidson (13), Burrows (16), and Jackson (25).
Four are ranked among the MLB.com Top 100 Prospects entering 2020, including Pache (13), Waters (26), Anderson (37), and Wright (52).
Atlanta's 26-man Opening Day roster will be set prior to March 26, when the Braves begin the season on the road at Arizona. Gwinnett's Opening Day roster will be announced prior to the Stripers' season opener on April 9 at Norfolk.