Braves Invite 20 Non-Roster Players to 2019 Major League Spring Training

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In case you are interested in today's annc't . . .



https://www.mlb.com/braves/news/braves-announce-2019-non-roster-spring-training-invites/c-303262596

Braves announce 2019 non-roster Spring Training invites

4:33 PM EST

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four players (RHP Ian Anderson, OF Cristian Pache, INF Austin Riley, OF Drew Waters) in MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects
February 15, when pitchers and catchers report
first full squad workout is set for February 21
The full list of non-roster players is below.

NON-ROSTER INVITEES (20)
PITCHERS (6): RHP Ian Anderson, LHP Thomas Burrows, LHP Corbin Clouse, LHP Tucker Davidson, LHP Kyle Muller, LHP Joey Wentz
CATCHERS (3): William Contreras, Carlos Martínez, Jonathan Morales
INFIELDERS (6): C.J. Alexander, Andrés Blanco, Pedro Florimon, Sean Kazmar, Luis Marte, Austin Riley
OUTFIELDERS (5): Greyson Jenista, Ryan LaMarre, Rafael Ortega, Cristian Pache, Drew Waters



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Reminder: Braves players starting to report to Spring Training today.

Chop, Chop!



Braves open camp at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on February 15, when pitchers and catchers report. Those groups will have their first workout the following day, while position players will report on February 20. The team's first full squad workout is set for February 21.



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Good having Freddie arrive early to Spring Training camp, having a great outlook with positive spins on everything for the Braves.

He even mentions Craig Kimbrel is in town right now to play some golf, in case you have not heard the sports news reports.



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Freddie Freeman: 'We won 90 games and got better'
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Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman arrives at 2019 spring camp expecting another playoff run.



https://www.mlb.com/braves/news/freddie-freeman-likes-braves-offseason-moves/c-304043904

Freeman pleased with Braves' offseason deals

Atlanta vet lobbied for McCann, excited to play with Donaldson

2:17 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Freddie Freeman spent the offseason sharing excitement about the possibility that Josh Donaldson would not end up being the Braves' only significant addition.
But now that the Braves have opened Spring Training without adding J.T. Realmuto, Craig Kimbrel or any of the other potential targets some fans clamored for, Freeman believes general manager Alex Anthopoulos has taken the right approach by not potentially tainting the future in an effort to immediately improve what could already be a good product.
Braves fans became more disgruntled last week when they learned Realmuto was traded to the Phillies, who could still land either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.
Mets, Phillies and Nationals have generated more attention recently
"I feel like we've gotten so much better," Freeman said. "I feel like everybody is questioning it because the whole NL East got better. The NL East is crazy. It's going to be a fight to the end. Everybody is talking about everybody else. They forget we won 90 games and got better. They all [made those moves] to catch up to us."
"I like what [Anthopoulos] is doing," Freeman said. "I know the fans don't like it. But I think it's good for what's inside this culture, because once we get going and he realizes what we need, he'll go get it. He's not afraid to do it."
 
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Braves expecting to be better this season as each team in the division try to improve more than their competition . . .



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Born’ how many wins are you predicting for our team this season?
I think Vegas has us sliding backwards some while our competitors like the Mets, Nats and filthy Phil’s continue to add big pieces to their rosters. Wish Mr Blank owned the Braves vs a New York based company. We are in a knife fight with a wet noodle. Harper would already be inked here and our roster improves in a game changing way if Arthur owned the team. Harper would jack 35-45 homers easy. Harper- Acuna - Freeman back to back to back would be plain scary.
 
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Born’ how many wins are you predicting for our team this season?

I think Vegas has us sliding backwards some while our competitors like the Mets, Nats and filthy Phil’s continue to add big pieces to their rosters. Wish Mr Blank owned the Braves vs a New York based company. We are in a knife fight with a wet noodle. Harper would already be inked here and our roster improves in a game changing way if Arthur owned the team. Harper would jack 35-45 homers easy. Harper- Acuna - Freeman back to back to back would be plain scary.
Like you said, Braves in a knife fight with a wet noodle sounds more the direction I'm leaning, but hoping & looking forward to other Braves fans coming to post more optimism & positive outlooks & enthusiasm.

So far the Spring Braves clubhouse energy is encouraging.

Ya'll are the real baseball fans while I'm just keeping up to update my father, who's a real Braves fan, or to have something to talk to him about. I'm too negative & skeptical on Atlanta Braves, Falcons, & Hawks teams, but I like to contribute positive forum stuff to encourage the real fans & discussions while trying not to drag down others too much.

It depends on way too much like if Braves stay healthy & avoid injuries, or if gambling on past injured or older players works out or not (which usually does not work out based on past history), or if the new young players & minors kids grow & progress enough to make a difference, or if pitching can ever catch up or get close to the hitting contributions, etc. I like to tend toward trying to avoid speculation or guesses about the unpredictable future so I set my expectations low & hope for the better to try to avoid being too disappointed.

I'm expecting a way different NL East division competition than last season.

With the Phils, Nats, & Mets making way more better roster moves forward than the Braves, I'm expecting Atlanta to move backwards during this rebuilding process like it seems you're mentioning. Even though I'm expecting the Braves can be competitive this season, but feel they will be lucky if they can stay in the middle of the pack in the division. If not getting any big player additions, I'm not expecting another 90-win season, or even winning half the regular season games, but think Braves will be doing great if getting 80-wins while being a good season if they make it a mid-70's-win season. With such a young rebuilding team, I'm still expecting a big drop off in winning the last third of the season, while not expecting them to reach the playoffs in back to back seasons.

Hope I'm wrong & that's it's better for the Braves than I'm expecting.

With Braves being a company owned team, I like AA not over spending & not over committing to long term investments while holding back funds in case a good deal comes along to improve the team with a major needed healthy younger addition.

Reckon I'm more of a wait & see type. Sorry I'm no fun.

Hope others weigh in with their thoughts about the coming season.

Westcobbdog, what other MLB thoughts are on your mind???



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From what I've been reading, a lot of the hold up on the spending is that the free agent market didn't offer what AA wanted at a price he was willing to pay. There are some rumors that Kimbrel may sign and there are other rumors saying he hasn't been in talks with the Braves. Mind you, signing Kimbrel will also cost a draft pick. Keuchel wants way too much money and too many years right now and would also cost a draft pick. So we'll see.

AA has said he wants to keep money available for mid season trades that will add to payroll. He doesn't want to commit to long term, high dollar deals because he knows Albies and Acuna are going to get paid and Freeman is closing in on free agency himself. And Folty is also coming into his arbitration years as well. All of that amounts to a lot of money that will need to be available. And Realmuto ended up not being a real option do to the Braves having no intention of signing him to an extension. The Marlins wanted entirely too much for what would amount to two years, and to be honest, the Phillies will look like idiots if they don't sign him to a long term extension with what they gave up for him. I dont see the Nats or Phillies being all that improved so far. The Nats big signing was Corbin who has been slightly above average aside from his walk year. And Realmuto is only a slight upgrade offensively and a wash defensively over the catcher they traded to the Fish, plus they gave the Marlins a stud pitcher with a painfully high ceiling. And the Mets made some deals but did nothing for their anemic offense. Their big deal brought them a DH and a closer who will go from 50+ saves a season to 20-25 with that offense.
 
Speaking of the exciting Albies, I hope he hit the weights hard in the off-season cause he could not handle the physical demands his first season called for, his numbers basically falling off at the half way point last season.

Biggdogg the diff between the Mets Nats and us is they have a wicked starting 5 rotation and ours is patch work at best. Julio wouldn’t even make their pen.
 
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With the Braves doing way better than expected last season, gonna be tough coming close to matching it again this season.

In case anyone's interested, here's AA offering more answers & details in a recent interview . . .



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Anthopolous discusses Braves' camp, successful 2018
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Peter Gammons talks with Alex Anthopolous about starting Spring Training this season after the success of the Braves in 2018
 

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Speaking of the exciting Albies, I hope he hit the weights hard in the off-season cause he could not handle the physical demands his first season called for, his numbers basically falling off at the half way point last season.

Biggdogg the diff between the Mets Nats and us is they have a wicked starting 5 rotation and ours is patch work at best. Julio wouldn’t even make their pen.[/QUOTE]

Outside of the Nats adding Corbin and dumping Gio Gonzalez, all three rotations are pretty much the same... and the Mets and Nats both finished behind the Braves. Unless he has one of his odd season resurgences, I'd bet Julio isn't in the Braves starting rotation more than a couple months. If he's even wearing a Braves uniform that long. Hopefully the new pitching coach can help these kids stay in the strike zone more often and drastically cut down on the walks. I also wouldn't be surprised if a front end starter is acquired sometime mid season once some pretenders start to fall out of the division races.
 
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Updates from Spring Training . . . getting to know the new pitching coach, daily routine overview, & some cracks of the bat . . .



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Lots of preps going on getting ready for the early games. One of the sports news reports guessing more of the new players will travel for this Saturday's game, but the better game at home next Monday will have more of the experienced, veteran starters playing.



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With the 1st grapefruit league Braves game tomorrow traveling 2 hours southeast of their current Florida Spring home, here's a few more ST updates.



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Good luck with your 60 win season
 

Swamprat

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who the Marlins? Show some repsect to the defending NL East Champs my man.
Not saying much in their division...most overrated team in the past 25 years and their post season record proves it. Marlins have won 2 World Series, Braves....1 and I am not counting when they were in other cities, Yeah first team to win 3 in 3 different cities 1914, 1957, and 1995 but don't care where you were based before. Change cities and to me it is a different franchise.

Marlins won both as wild card, never won a division title, Braves 13 division titles since 95 and 1 WS win in 95. Huh...never mind facts
 
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