First round of cuts to be announced Monday
Jason Heyward isn’t the only young player who has made a solid impression during this year’s camp. Braves manager Bobby Cox has obviously taken a liking to Craig Kimbrel, a 21-year-old right-handed reliever who will make an appearance during this afternoon’s game against the Astros here in Kissimmee.
Regardless of today’s results, it appears that Kimbrel will escape the first round of cuts, which the Braves will announce on Monday.
“We’re going to keep him around for a little while,” Cox said. “We like him a lot.”
Check braves.com after today’s game to view more of Cox’s thoughts on Kimbrel, who could make a rapid rise to the Majors when he proves that he can consistently avoid some of the control problems that have occasionally plagued him during his two professional seasons.
This year will mark the last time that Cox is forced to tell some Minor Leaguers that their dreams of finding a spot on the Opening Day roster have come to an end. It’s a responsibility that he’s held during each of the past four decades and to this day he still hates having to tell a player that he’s been cut.
“There’s no easy way to do it,” Cox said. “Some of them are obvious, but some of the later ones are tough to do.”
BRAVES LINEUP vs. ASTROS
BRAVES LINEUP vs. BLUE JAYS
Cody Johnson DH
Joe Thurston 5
Kris Medlen will start for the split-squad team that is playing the Blue Jays in Dunedin today.