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2010 Braves Opening Day Roster

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Some people will be angry! I'm one of them, and I'm sure you can guess why. Without any further ado... Catchers: Brian McCann, David Ross Infielders: Troy Glaus, Martin Prado, Yunel Escobar, Chipper Jones, Eric Hinske, Brooks Conrad, Omar Infante Outfielders: Matt Diaz, Melky Cabrera, Nate McLouth, Jason Heyward Starting pitchers: Derek Lowe, Jair Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson, Kenshin Kawakami, Tim Hudson Relief pitchers: Billy Wagner, Takashi Saito, Kris Medlen, Peter Moylan, Eric O'Flaherty, Jesse Chavez, Jojo Reyes Apparently, the Braves don't care about spring training, because Jesse Chavez is on the roster despite embarrassing himself this March. He allowed more than 2 hits an inning, walked more than he struck out, and had a svelte ERA of 14.00...but hey, that doesn't matter, and he's a member of the roster! CELEBRATE!! Jojo Reyes on the other hand, came into camp with his head screwed on straight, and earned his job with a 3.00 ERA and a 8:4 K:BB in 12 innings. Its the best he's ever looked in a non-minor league setting, and I'm happy for him. Rumors are floating that one of them will be demoted to Gwinnett in the early part of the season once Scott Proctor is ready in his return from Tommy John surgery. Hopefully, Chavez doesn't cost the Braves any games during his stint, and is banished to Gwinnett until September. The final spot on the roster was earned by Brooks Conrad. As I was saying from the get go, Conrad should have been the man to get the spot instead of Joe Thurston due to his power potential and plate discipline. Thurston didn't endear himself to me with his 1 walk in 26 games, and his .128 ISO wasn't sparkling either. In the end, this role would be for a pinch hitter. Conrad has the better shot of being able to do some damage coming up in a pinch hit role, as opposed to Thurston who has a major league track record of being a slap hitter with all the power of a wet noodle. There weren't any other battles for roster spots. Fans like myself were essentially resigned to the fact that Chavez would make the roster once Craig Kimbrel was sent down last weekend. The only battle waged during the final week of camp was between Conrad and Thurston, and the right man ended up getting the job. I'll be around tonight and this weekend with more player previews for the rest of the position players, and this weekend, I will also get up an article about the possible lineup. Lineup analysis, engage!

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