Braves beat writer Mark Bowman examines the potential impact of September callups, which players are most likely to join the roster, and whether the club could look to make a trade before the waiver deadline.
Right-handers Brandon McCarthy and Kyle Wright, infielder Ryan Flaherty, third baseman Austin Riley and an internal catcher (Chris Stewart or Alex Jackson) would need to be added to the 40-man roster if the Braves choose to carry any of them after rosters expand on Saturday.
Over the past couple weeks, there has been chatter about possibly of bringing Wright, who is ranked the Braves’ No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline, to the Majors as a reliever. The 22-year-old right-hander got a taste the bullpen when he worked a scoreless sixth inning for Gwinnett on Saturday. I’m expecting to see him working out of Atlanta’s ‘pen in September.
Riley, who is ranked the club’s No. 4 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has kept himself on the radar, as he has four home runs in his past eight games entering Monday. Since he could begin next season in the Majors, there could be some benefit to carrying him in September, but that decision might come down to whether the Braves feel they still have enough 40-man roster flexibility after possibly completing a waiver trade and deciding whether to carry a third catcher for the final month of the regular season.
Will Leitch of MLB.com looks at which players around baseball are the most overlooked on their teams, with Atlanta being represented by one of their most important acquisitions last offseason.
Charlie Culberson, INF He plays everywhere you need him on the diamond, and he’s finally figured out how to hit.
Key stat: Culberson has more homers, doubles and runs this year than he did in his entire career coming into this season.
Our own Matt Powers looks at the impacts made by each of the players acquired by the Braves at this year’s Trade Deadline four weeks ago. Atlanta made multiple low-risk additions and thus far have been rewarded handsomely on the pitching side, as Matt shows in this piece. Kevin Gausman has gotten the majority of the publicity, but Jonny Venters and Brad Brach have each been very effective in helping to shore up a bullpen that needed fresh, reliable arms.