The Braves announced on Monday that 26 non-roster invitees would join the major league club in camp this spring. Among those in camp will be top prospects Cristian Pache, Drew Waters, Ian Anderson, and Shea Langeliers, plus former Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez, who joined the Braves on a non-guaranteed deal earlier this week.
With such a star-studded list of non-roster invitees, the Braves can boast one of the most exciting rosters in the Grapefruit League this spring as they unveil their brand new stadium in North Port. With the returning major league roster, along with key additions such as Marcell Ozuna, Cole Hamels, Travis d’Arnaud, and Will Smith, tickets to see this new iteration of the Braves should be a hot item.
While little is decided in Spring Training beyond one or two roster spots, Atlanta may have some serious evaluations to make regarding Hernandez, Sean Newcomb, and several bullpen arms such as Chris Nunn, who became famous due to the Flat Ground app. Nunn will have an opportunity to air out his 100 MPH fastball with Atlanta, and could be a darkhorse roster candidate if he showcases a secondary offering. Needless to say, there is plenty of intrigue for this crop of non-roster invitees, and we could be discussing some of them very heavily by the end of camp.
Baseball America released its Top 100 prospects list on Wednesday with four Braves making the cut, including three in the top 50. As expected, Cristian Pache was the top-ranked Braves prospect, checking in at number 12. Drew Waters, Ian Anderson, and Kyle Wright ranked 36th, 44th, and 64th, respectively.
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