Now that the trade deadline has passed, it is time for a way too early 2022 roster prediction for the Atlanta Braves!
The trade deadline has come and gone for the Atlanta Braves and that means it is now time for a way to early roster prediction for 2022.
This is purely a fun exercise in predicting who the Braves roster for next season.
Yes, I know a few (several) of these guesses will be wrong. Things are still fluid, and there is a lot that can happen between now and free agency.
A few things before we dive in.
I will not have Marcell Ozuna anywhere in the projection section of this article. I know the charges got dropped to a misdemeanor, but there is still a ton of uncertainty regarding this situation.
Another guy that will not be mentioned, but for a different reason is Mike Soroka. With there now being multiple surgeries on his Achilles, there is no real way to predict his recovery timeline.
If, and when, Soroka gets healthy, he will feature heavily into the Braves’ long-term plans. However, there is a real possibility he misses most, if not all, of 2022.
How this will work is pretty simple. I will do my best to guess the 26-man roster for the 2022 season. I will be assuming the universal DH since it appears to be in the plans for next season.
I will also include a confidence rating on each of my guesses. Some are easy (spoiler- Ozzie Albies is a lock at second base), and some are purely guesses based on what the Braves may look to do this off-season.
Time to jump into the predictions!