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The Daily Chop: Bullpen options, Prospects, Winter Leagues, and more

Will the Braves shop in the reliever market?

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The Braves have been silent in the bullpen market this offseason aside from bringing back Josh Tomlin, though he is likely to remain in a long-relief role. Atlanta still needs to address the back end of their bullpen, but luckily there are plenty of options still on the free agent market. Gabe Burns of the AJC listed five potential targets that make sense for Atlanta to fill out their relief corps. Among those, Burns lists right-hander Archie Bradley, noting that he would represent another hard-throwing option to serve in a set-up role.

Braves News

Talking Chop 2021 Preseason Top 30 Braves Prospects: 13-18

The next installment of the TC Top 30 Prospects list. This blurb about Vaughn Grissom is heartening, as is the remainder of the 13-18 group.

Grissom crushed in the Gulf Coast League across his 44 games there, with a .288/.361/.400 slash line and a strikeout rate of 14.7%. Complex ball numbers are meaningless at best, but for a guy who does have a bit of a question mark to immediately come out and hit is a positive sign. Grissom was fortunate to be named to the alternate site for the Braves in 2020, and he turned a potential “lost year” into perhaps his biggest step forward by impressing everyone in Braves camp. According to reports, Grissom showed off a complete skill set and a maturity at the plate beyond his years further solidifying the confidence he had already given the organization. Grissom is a player quickly on the rise, though his overall potential will depend on a few factors.

Cristian Pache, Johan Camargo, others wrapping up Winter League play

Who is playing winter ball for the Braves?

Cristian Pache

Pache is Atlanta’s top position-player prospect and one of the top prospects in baseball. He hasn’t played much, participating in only nine games while logging 25 at-bats, and he is slashing .120/.241/.160 with four walks and six strikeouts. Obviously the sample is miniscule, so we shouldn’t really read into the numbers. Pache is expected to come into spring training as possibly the front-runner for the starting job in centerfield for Atlanta, after he played well in relief of an injured Adam Duvall in the playoffs.

Everything you need to know about the Augusta GreenJackets

An inside look at the newest team in the Braves minor league system, the Augusta GreenJackets.

MLB News

Who will win ROY? 5 faves from each league

Ian Anderson features prominently on this list of ROY candidates.

These two teams could be trade partners for Lindor

The Mets and Blue Jays continue to feature prominently in Francisco Lindor rumors.

Sugano’s decision still a question mark

Will the top international player on the market sign with an MLB team or return to Japan?

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