clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Vaughn Grissom, Braden Shewmake in battle for starting shortstop job

Maybe this battle is closer than was first thought.

MLB: Spring Training-Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

There is just a little over a week remaining in the Grapefruit League season and there are still several spots that are up for grabs. Vaughn Grissom came into the spring as the odds on favorite to be the Opening Day shortstop and was thought to be competing with Orlando Arcia. However, 2019 first round pick Braden Shewmake is apparently making a late push. Shewmake has seen a lot of playing time of late and has held his own. Brian Snitker told’s Mark Bowman Saturday that it will likely be one of Grissom or Shewmake who heads north with the club.

It is an interesting development given that Grissom has played well this spring going 9-for-28 at the plate with two doubles. He hasn’t been flashy defensively, but has made the plays that he has needed to make.

Shewmake is a better defensive shortstop and is 9-for-27 at the plate with two doubles and a triple. He however has struggled offensively at the upper levels of the minors posting an 84 wRC+ in 83 games in 2021 at Mississippi and an 89 wRC+ in 76 games last season at Gwinnett.

After being absent from the lineup for three straight days, Grissom will serve as the DH on Saturday. If the Braves are concerned behind the scenes about Grissom’s defense, then this development makes more sense, However, that would be in contrast to everything they have said publicly about Grissom’s progress defensively dating back to the offseason.

Just another subplot to keep an eye on over the final days of spring training.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Battery Power Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Atlanta Braves news from Battery Power