Atlanta Braves Have A Couple of Choices for Bench Bats

With the last Florida Grapefruit League game in the books for 2017, the Braves still have not chosen to name their full roster.  So there’s still a chance.

Today is the day that several teams made their last significant roster cuts.  This is the day that the Atlanta Braves have been waiting for to see exactly who might be available to them.

We’ve already taken a look at a couple of final bench candidates that we thought could be claimed from the waiver wire, but now we have the real answers from their current clubs.

 

Szczur

Mercifully enough for my typing, Matt Szczur is not going to be one of the options that John Coppolella has.

The Cubs have named him to their 25-man roster along with Braves’ alumnus Tommy La Stella.  This is a bit surprising, but it might also be temporary for one of this pair as their bench still looks to be a bit crowded.

 

Moya

The 25-year-old Steven Moya was one outfield bat that we mentioned back in early March.  He’s now available from the Tigers for a couple of reasons:

  • He’s out of minor league options (and thus must clear waivers to be assigned there)
  • He was pretty terrible this Spring, sporting a .192 batting average with a robust 11 strikeouts against 1 walk.

He did hit 1 homer and a pair of doubles, but it’s certainly true that the Braves might want a bit better consistency from their bench than he looks to supply.

Jun 22, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Steven Moya (33) hits a home run against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Moya’s .250 career major league average with .745 OPS is a better argument for him, and thus might not be a bad option for a do-or-die AB late in a game.

You could certainly argue that he’s a better threat that either Chase d’Arnaud or Emilio Bonifacio (the latter having already being named to the club).

Because he’s out of options (and this is the case for all such candidates discussed today), the Braves…

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