Re-visiting the Braves "Ideal 25-man roster"...

The Braves are in first place, however there are numerous concerns that flood even the most feeble of Braves’ fans.  There are some experiments the Braves are running that are face planting in front of millions of viewers, and those viewers are wondering when the Braves will make the necessary changes.

Here’s your chance to be heard!

If you were given Frank Wren’s job and, arbitration clock/salary dumping be damned, what would be the 25-man roster of which you’d put in the dugout for the foreseeable future? I’ll kick this party off!


1. Jason Heyward

2. B.J. Upton

3. Freddie Freeman

4. Justin Upton

5. Evan Gattis

6. Chris Johnson

7. Tommy La Stella

8. Andrelton Simmons



1. Julio Teheran

2. Mike Minor

3. Aaron Harang

4. Ervin Santana

5. Gavin Floyd



1. Craig Kimbrel

2. Jordan Walden (I realize he’s on the DL and wouldn’t be available tonight, but he’s on my ideal 25 for the rest of ’14)

3. David Carpenter

4. Luis Avilan

5. Alex Wood

6. Anthony Varvaro

7. David Hale



1. Ryan Doumit

2. Jordan Schafer

3. Gerald Laird

4. Ramiro Pena

5. Joey Terdoslavich- not the ideal fit(really, there’s no one in the organization that is the ideal fit) but gives much more pop than Pastornicky and more contact than Uggla.

Who doesn’t make the cut?

Two legs of the 2nd base tripod…

1. Tyler Pastornicky-  He’s been given a few chances to succeed and has made no impact.  Rushing him back this year was probably a mistake by the Braves.  In 259 Major League plate appearances, he has a .612 OPS with only 11 XBH.  Letting him marinate in Gwinnett would do him good.

2. Dan Uggla- It’s obvious that the Braves do not intend to use Dan in any significant role, and rightly so.  If that’s the case, his time is no more.

A guy I still like, but might need more time…

Ian Thomas-  Like many, Ian doesn’t seem to have anything left to prove in the Minor Leagues.  His Major League  FIP (2.83) still suggests that he has been very unlucky, but don’t expect a manager to look at those results, especially when the reliever in question is a rookie and has coughed up 2 games in 9.2 innings. The Braves already have a mop-up man in Varvaro and Ian as a lefty would not fit that mold.

So, what do the armchair GMs out there think?

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Tags: Dan Uggla Ian Thomas Joey Terdoslavich Tommy La Stella Tyler Pastornicky

  • fireboss

    Teheran, Minor, Santana, Wood, Floyd
    Kimbrel, Carpenter, Avilan, Varvaro, Harang, Walden, Hale
    Heyward, Upton, Freeman, Upton, Gattis, LaStella, Johnson, Simmons
    Laird, Doumit, Pena, Schafer, Joey T

    • Jeff Schafer

      I agree with all Fred’s choices above

      • carpengui

        Likewise… and La Stella should be batting 2nd after the All-Star break.

  • Ronnie

    My starting lineup as follows:

    1.Bonafacio 2nd
    2.C. Johnson. 3rd
    3. Freeman. 1st
    4. J.Upton LF
    5. Heyward RF
    6. Gattis. C
    7. B.J. Upton. CF
    8. Simmons. SS

    Rotation: Teheran, Minor, Floyd, Harang, Santana

    Bench: Pena, Duomit, Laird, La Stella, Terdoslavich

    Bullpen: Kimbrel, Walden, Varvaro, Carpenter, Hale, Woods, Avilan until Venters back.

    Gone from team: Uggla
    Back to minors: Pastornicky and Schafer
    Trade: Bonafacio from Cubs for whatever.

  • aRunning_Maniac

    1. Jason Heyward
    2. B.J. Upton
    3. Freddie Freeman
    4. Justin Upton
    5. Evan Gattis
    6. Tommy La Stella
    7. Andrelton Simmons
    8. Chris Johnson

    Julio Teheran
    Mike Minor
    Ervin Santana
    Gavin Floyd
    Aaron Harang

    Craig Kimbrel
    Jordan Walden
    David Carpenter
    Anthony Varvaro
    David Hale
    Alex Wood (if Wood isn’t going to be in the rotation, then he should be our primary lefty out of the pen)
    Ian Thomas

    Ryan Doumit
    Ramiro Pena
    Gerald Laird
    Joey Terdoslavich
    Todd Cunningham

    Players released or sent down:
    Jordan Schafer (released)
    Dan Uggla (released)
    Luis Avilan (demoted to AAA)
    Tyler Pastornicky (demoted to AAA)