The Atlanta Braves made their second round of spring roster cuts today, and they ran a little deeper with at least one unexpected name on the list:
The Atlanta Braves trimmed their spring roster by six players today, optioning two players and re-assigning four others. Left-handed pitcher Michael Dunn and right-handed pitcher Jeff Lyman were optioned to Gwinnett (AAA).
The four players who were re-assigned to minor league camp include left-handed pitcher Mariano Gomez, catcher Orlando Mercado and outfielders Brent Clevlen and Mitch Jones.
None of the hitters were unexpected, and Gomez is certainly not a surprise, but the first two relievers are kind of a surprise, especially Mike Dunn. He had pitched well lately, after suffering through some control issues earlier this spring. Lyman was also a surprise, as he was having a good spring, especially in the control department. Odds are we'll probably see each of these guys in Atlanta at some point this season anyway.
I'm glad to see Clevlen and Mitch Jones cut. Matt Young, who stays around instead of them, has 5 hits this spring to the collective 4 hits between Clevlen and Jones. Their spring of futility is finally over.