Atlanta Braves: Everything to know about Spring Training in 2023
By Colin James
We are three weeks away until the Atlanta Braves begin their Spring Training schedule. Coming off of a 100- season in 2022, the Braves are once again looking for a deep postseason run this Fall, but they have some holes to fill in their roster before Opening Day. With that there are also the more details to their Spring Training slate, including where they will play and their schedule, so let’s dive into everything that Braves fans should know about Spring Training.
When and Where
Spring Training for the Atlanta Braves will kick off on February 25th, 2023, when they play the Boston Red Sox. The Brave’s Spring Training location will be at CoolToday Park, located in North Port, Florida. It’s has been the Braves’ Spring Training location since the 2019 season. Tickets are available now for fans wanting to see some baseball action very soon.
The Braves will play as part of the Grapefruit league that includes the rest of the NL East, as well as the NL Central, AL East, AL Central, and AL West. They will begin on February 25th, 2023, playing 32 games over the course of Spring Training, half of which will be played at CoolToday Park. Their schedule will conclude on March 28th, 2023, when they play the Boston Red Sox at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.
In addition to their schedule against their fellow Grapefruit league opponents, the Braves will also host an unannounced team from the World Baseball Classic on March 8th, 2023. Braves fans can expect to see some interesting matchups this year in Florida.
The Braves have some holes going into the regular season, with some interesting roster competitions coming into Spring Training. There will be a lot of focus on left field, with the Braves lack depth in and is the only position on the team that has a negative fWAR. Team veterans Eddie Rosario, Marcell Ozuna, along with newly acquired players Jordan Luplow and Eli White will lead the competition in left field. The Braves will also be looking for shortstop replacement with Dansby Swanson leaving the team in free agency. Expect Vaughn Grissom and Orlando Arcia to get a lot of reps at shortstop during Spring Training.
In addition to these positions, there will also be a battle for the fifth spot in the Brave’s pitching rotation. Player leading the competition are veterans Ian Anderson, Bryce Elder, and Mike Soroka. Newly acquired pitcher Lucas Luetge will also be a hot name in the competition due to a stellar 2022 season when healthy.