Fredi has discussed a bullpen-by-committee, which is fine in the abstract but not best for the Braves at this point. Ideally, Jason Grilli pitches as effectively as he did in the first half of 2015, allowing Coppy to spin him for prospects. He could be succeeded by Arodys but not Jim Johnson, part of the troika of closers envisioned by Fredi. JJ has been awful this spring and was an epic disaster with the Dodgers. What we saw in the first half was most likely an aberration.
We were led to believe the ‘pen would be a strength for the 2016 Bravos but, outside of Arodys, who stands out? Grilli is still working his way back from injury, so who knows? Only one lefty is expected to make the club, non-roster invitee Alex Torres, who walked 26 in 34-1/3 IP with the Mets last year. Fellow southpaws Ian Krol and Matt Marksberry have been terrible in Grapefruit League play.
Jose Ramirez has been solid this spring and is out of options, so he’ll probably head north despite 17 walks and 26 HA in 17-2/3 career MLB innings. Daniel Winkler, with 12 K’s in 7-2/3 spring innings, also has a decent shot.
Other candidates include John Gant, the ex-Met farmhand who’s been a March surprise, non-roster invitee Alexi Ogando, Rule 5 draftee Daniel Winkler and whatever pitchers doesn’t make the rotation (Williams Perez, Folty, Banuelos).
Not very inspiring.