Battle for Braves' final outfield spot is gaining clarity sooner than expected

Atlanta's fourth outfielder battle is starting to gain some clarity thanks to impressive on-field performances.

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Eli White

Similar to Luplow, Eli White has some MLB service time under his belt. He made his debut with the Texas Rangers during the 2020 season. He got some more time with the Rangers during 2021 and 2022 but didn't do very well.

He was traded to Atlanta by the Rangers in 2023 and appeared in 6 games for the Braves in early 2023 but was sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett after those games. He slashed .254/.363/.450 with nine homers, 23 RBI, and 14 stolen bases before suffering a torn labrum on July 6. Injury has unfortunately been a continual issue for White during his professional career.

He was eventually released by the team on July 22 due to the need for a roster spot. The move was made for Allan Winans, who needed to make a spot start against Milwaukee.

However, he's performed well so far during spring training and is making a good case for being the fourth outfielder. White is batting .444/.615/.556 over 5 games with a double, two RBI, and one stolen base so far. He has also drawn four walks during those 13 plate appearances.

The now 29-year-old outfielder is putting together a good case for himself and could be a great option for the Braves. However, his proneness to injury is something that Atlanta will need to consider if they choose to carry him as the backup outfield option.