The Atlanta Braves NLDS playoff roster announcement has multiple surprises

The Atlanta Braves have announced their 26-man NLDS roster.
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Catchers (2)

Sean Murphy, Travis d’Arnaud

The only conversation to be had here was if the Braves desired to carry a third catcher (Chadwick Tromp in this case) like previous postseasons. However, with the universal DH now that isn’t a much needed case anymore.

Designated Hitter (1)

Marcell Ozuna

Perhaps the Braves hottest hitter in the final week of the regular season, let’s hope the big bear continues to roll in this series.

Infield (6)

Matt Olson, Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, Orlando Arica, Nicky Lopez, Vaughn Grissom

The same four who started nearly every game for Atlanta should be expected to do the same in the NLDS. Nicky Lopez provides amazing defense should an unfortunate injury occur.

The surprise of this group is Vaughn Grissom, who had an amazing year with Gwinnett. As we’ve mentioned the universal DH has changed things so it’s not likely Grissom is used. However, should the Braves be in a close game and decide to pinch run for someone like Olson, and then that pinch runner get an AB later in the game, that seems to be the scenario in which Grissom would be called upon.

Outfield (5)

Michael Harris II, Ronald Acuña Jr., Eddie Rosario, Kevin Pillar, Forrest Wall

The outfield will look the same as it did in the regular season with left field being the only spot to change based on the platoon of Rosario and Pillar.

As expected the Braves did indeed put Forrest Wall on the roster whose base stealing prowess will be the number one option should the Braves need a pinch runner late in a close game. Just a short couple weeks ago our, great writer Mitchell put together an amazing piece on how Wall could be utilized in the playoffs, so be sure to check that out.

That’s a wrap on the roster breakdown, we’ll have more content to preview this NL East matchup taking place in the postseason so stay tuned here at the site.