Braves pick Bryse Wilson at another training site

Instead of making his scheduled start in the Braves’ 7-6 victory over the Twins on Friday night at Hammond Stadium, Bryse Wilson has begun preparing to possibly join the Atlanta rotation in the second full week of the season. regular.

Wilson was chosen for the Braves’ alternate training site on Friday. Unless replacing a player placed on the injured list, he cannot be placed on Atlanta’s active roster until April 11, which is a day or two before the team plans to use for the first time. a fifth starter.

Given a day off on the second day of the season, the Braves plan to use a bullpen game on April 6 or 7 at Nationals Park. This means that Huascar Ynoa could be replaced in the role he filled a few times last year, when he was asked to complete the first innings of matches.

“We’re probably going to use that fifth spot out of the bullpen,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It will be a bit like we did last year. It will depend on how we get there. We have lay guys, and we have multi-sleeve guys where I think we can do it.

By opting for a bullpen game in this first round, the Braves will be able to carry an extra pitcher through the first 10 games of the season, which could prove beneficial for game management. It also creates a bit of extra time to protect pitchers who are out of minor league options.

When the Braves choose to use a fifth starter in the second week of the regular season, they could go for Kyle Wright or Wilson. Wright still seemingly has the biggest advantage, but Wilson has been more impressive posting a 1.98 ERA in 13 2/3 innings in Grapefruit League games.

Wright or Wilson would fill the rotation spot reserved for Mike Soroka, who could return from right Achilles surgery in late April.

Contreras vs. Jackson
Snitker said there was still a lot of internal debate about whether it was better to start the season with William Contreras or Alex Jackson as the backup receiver.

Jackson was initially considered the favorite for the role due to the assumption that Contreras needed the opportunity to continue playing every day at the Minor League level.

But now that Contreras continues to impress and it’s known that the Triple-A season won’t start until May, there’s reason to wonder if it would be best to keep him at big league level for at least a month.

Contreras has a lot more upside and the Braves want to protect the development of their 23-year-old prospect. But the club also sees good value in the 25-year-old Jackson, who has tremendous power but has also consistently generated high strikeout rates.

Jackson scored a two-run single in the fifth inning Friday night. He’s 3 for 26 with one home run and eight strikeouts this spring.

“His slant line isn’t good, but we saw progress with his bat all of a sudden,” Snitker said. “What’s best for them, for us, all that?” I don’t know if there is a right or wrong answer.

After Jackson left Friday’s game, Contreras recorded a pair of hits, including a brace from JA Happ. He’s now 6 for 17 with two doubles, a home run and six strikeouts.

bench battle
Ehire Adrianza continues to make it harder to believe he won’t be on the Braves’ opening day roster. Adrianza recorded a two-run single in Friday’s seventh inning.

The versatile utility man went 14 for 34 with four doubles and a pair of home runs during Grapefruit League play.

While Adrianza’s offer is bolstered by his ability to play in almost any position, Pablo Sandoval is limited defensively. But Sandoval gives the Braves reason to believe he can be a valuable hitter off the bench. He recorded three hits Friday and is now hitting .429 (15-for-35).

“He just likes to play baseball,” Snitker said. “He does everything you ask of him. He is intense and professional in his work. He knows he can hit and he is very aggressive.

Both Adrianza and Sandoval are unregistered guests. The Braves would need to create spots on the 40-man roster in order to carry either player, as well as Nate Jones, a right-handed reliever who hadn’t allowed a 6 1/3 inning run before. giving up a home run to Kyle Garlick in the third inning on Friday.

But Adrianza’s defensive versatility could lead the Braves to keep Sandoval instead of carrying Johan Camargo, who hit .200 on a team-high 40 at bat during camp.

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