Braves make final roster decisions
Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters made solid impressions while experiencing their first Major League Spring Training. But the two young Braves relievers learned Friday afternoon that they will begin this upcoming season with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Manager Bobby Cox just announced that Jo-Jo Reyes and Jesse Chavez have claimed the final two available spots in his bullpen. In addition, he revealed that Brooks Conrad won his roster battle with Joe Thurston, who will also begin the season in Gwinnett.
Once Scott Proctor is deemed ready to return from Tommy John surgery in a few weeks, Reyes or Chavez will likely be sent to the Minors.
The Braves also revealed that highly-regarded first base prospect Freedie Freeman will begin the season with Gwinnett. There was some thinking that he would spend at least a month or two with Double-A Mississippi.
But some within the organization believe he needed to be at the Triple-A level where he will likely see more strikes than he would at the Double-A level.
Cox also revealed that catcher Clint Sammons, shortstop Brandon Hicks, outfielder Matt Young and right-handed pitchers Jeff Lyman and Cory Gearrin will also begin the season with Gwinnett.
Check back later for other roster announcements.