Braves Announce 2019 Opening Day Roster
The Atlanta Braves announced their 2019 Opening Day roster on Thursday. The club opens the season with a road trip to Philadelphia before returning home to SunTrust Park next week.
LHP Jesse Biddle, RHP Shane Carle, LHP Max Fried, RHP Luke Jackson, LHP Sean Newcomb, RHP Wes Parsons, RHP Chad Sobotka, RHP Julio Teheran, RHP Josh Tomlin, LHP Jonny Venters, RHP Arodys Vizcaíno, RHP Bryse Wilson, RHP Kyle Wright
Tyler Flowers, Brian McCann
Ozzie Albies, Johan Camargo, Charlie Culberson, Josh Donaldson, Freddie Freeman, Dansby Swanson
Ronald Acuña Jr., Ender Inciarte, Matt Joyce, Nick Markakis
Atlanta will lean on its stable of young pitching to help stabilize a rotation that is without two key members. Mike Foltynewicz (elbow) and Kevin Gausman (shoulder) both begin the season on the injured list but are expected back in April. Those injuries opened the door for prospects Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright to join the starting five. The duo will follow Julio Teheran in the opening series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Wes Parsons turned in a spectacular spring training and earned a spot in the Atlanta bullpen, which is also dealing with the absence of two main contributors. Lefty closer A.J. Minter (shoulder) and veteran right-hander Darren O'Day (forearm) were both placed on the IL. All four pitchers were placed on the injured list retroactive to March 25.
The Braves added late-spring acquisitions Josh Tomlin and Matt Joyce to the roster while designating catcher Raffy Lopez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Tomlin spent his spring with the Brewers before coming over to Atlanta last week, while Joyce split time between the Indians and Giants this spring before being traded to the Braves in the final days of Grapefruit League play.
The Braves begin the season with a three-game series against the division rival Phillies before returning home to host the Chicago Cubs at SunTrust Park to open the month of April. The Braves went 90-72 to win the NL East title in 2018, surprising baseball and snapping a streak of three consecutive 90-loss seasons.