Braves Making the Team Meter 2010: Introducing the Hitters

Today we mark the second day of full squad workouts with the Making The Team Meter for the hitters. Click here for all previous MTM's.

There are many a safe hitters, here are the folks we are assuming have already made the team:

Starting Lineup:  Brian McCann, Troy Glaus, Martin Prado, Yunel Escobar, Chipper Jones, Matt Diaz, and Nate McLouth (1 spot available, RF)
Bench:  David Ross, Eric Hinske, Melky Cabrera, and Omar Infante (1 spot available)

We all know who we want to see in right field. Besides that "battle" the hottest battle on the team might be for that last bench spot, which will likely be a utility infielder.

Player, Position Chance ...Notes...
Clint Sammons, C
He's still the backup to the backup catcher. He is what he is, but unless there's an injury to McCann or Ross, Sammons will start the year up I-85 in Gwinnett.
Brooks Conrad, 2B
Brooksy has a real good chance to make the team as a pinch hitter and utility infielder. It will be interesting to see if he gets into any spring games at first base or third base or the outfield, all of which could increase his flexibility as a bench player.
Diory Hernandez, SS
After injuring his shoulder in Winter Ball, Diory had surgery and will be out until mid-season.
Gregor Blanco, OF
Blanco usually has really good springs, so it will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets and if he does do well, what the team will do with him. Right now, there doesn't seem to be an open spot, and he does have an option left.
Jordan Schafer, OF
He's in spring to prove to everyone that he's back, still, he'll probably find himself in Gwinnett.
Frederick Freeman, 1B
With Glaus entrenched at first base for at least this year, Freeman is in camp to show the team he has improved since last spring.
Brandon Hicks, SS
Hicks is an interesting case, because he may be the preferred offensive replacement in case of injury as opposed to someone like Diory Hernandez. I'm interested to see if his excellent last month of the season and AFL performance means he really has turned a corner.
Joe Thurston, 2B
Journeyman middle infielder has some good all around skills and could figure into the last utility infield spot. He gets an edge because of the injury to Hernandez.
Brent Clevlen, OF
A power-hitting four-A type slugger. He and Mitch Jones have similar pedigrees, and it will be interesting to see if we catch lightening in a bottle with either.
Jason Heyward, OF
I'm not sure who this is... I'm checking, and I'll get back to you.
Cody Johnson, OF
I bet we hear stories about him and how he murdered a bunch of batting practice fastballs. Maybe one of the veterans can get in his ear about controlling the strike zone.
Mitch Jones, OF
Four-A slugger who has a shot, especially if Heyward isn't ready.
Matt Young, OF
Glad to see Matt Young here. He had a great showing in the Mexican League this winter, hitting .315/.435/.523 with 8 homeruns and 21 stolen bases. I'd like to see this kid find a place somewhere, but he's blocked by Melky and Gregor.


Arrow Key:
= Chance of making the team is even.
= Chance of making the team is going down.
= Chance of making the team is going up.

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