3 Braves players that don't belong on their playoff roster, 2 who should make it

The 2023 postseason is coming up fast and the Braves have some important choices to make when it comes to their playoff roster.
Sep 11, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kyle Wright (30)
Sep 11, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kyle Wright (30) / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Kyle Wright needs to be left off the postseason roster...although the NLCS is a different story

Kyle Wright was dealt a really crappy hand in 2023 without question. Wright has been banged up all season long with shoulder issues and when he has been on the mound, the results haven't been there. While it would be nice if he could turn back into the guy he was last season, the Braves need to recognize the reality that he doesn't belong on the NLDS roster.

The problem here is twofold. One, it has been clear since Kyle returned from the IL that he still has a lot of work to do to get back to being a reliable starter again. While the Braves are dealing with injuries in their rotation right now, they should have enough arms that are in a better place than Wright for the shorter playoff series and it is unclear if he would fare much better out of the bullpen. However, the NLCS is a longer series and the potential need for an arm that can provide some length is higher there, so don't be surprised if Wright gets a look again if the Braves advance past the first round.

Forrest Wall should make it on the Braves' playoff roster

The final bench spots are always funny things for any playoff team. There is the potential need to carry a third catcher and then there are the philosophical choices regarding pinch-hitting and pinch-running to consider. While the Braves don't have a shortage of outfielders right now (especially if you include Marcell Ozuna as an option), Forrest Wall still deserves a spot on the Braves' playoff roster.

Wall isn't likely to get a lot of playing time unless things go tragically wrong this postseason, but having him on the playoff roster allows for some dynamic options for Snit in close games. In addition to being a pretty good option as a defensive replacement, Wall can flat out fly and his utility as a pinch-runner in key situations late and especially in extra innings with the ghost runner rule still around can't be ignored.

The Braves need a different long relief option than Michael Tonkin

For a while in 2023, Michael Tonkin was a great story. After a lengthy stay in the Braves' minor league system, Tonkin finally made it back to the major leagues and pitched pretty well over the summer. However, a 7.11 ERA in September and with better options available, his spot on the playoff roster could be in jeopardy.

The Braves' decision with Tonkin could come down to their comfort level with other long relief options. Kyle Wright is a bit scary to consider as an option, but guys like Darius Vines, Allan Winans (more on him in a second), and AJ Smith-Shawver can all pitch multiple innings and probably have more upside than Tonkin. Given his performance lately, the Braves need to think long and hard before carrying him in the NLDS especially if they have Bryce Elder on a short leash.