As the Braves continue on and come towards the end of their rebuilding process, it is evident that many pieces on the 25-man roster will not be around to see its end. A majority of their talent and future ball club lies in their farm system, which is ranked as one of the best among Major League Baseball. When Atlanta begins play at SunTrust Park next season, glimpses of their future lineup may be on display. Many pieces of the puzzle have already been figured out and it’s just a matter of time before they’re in The Show. From Mississippi Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson to Rome Braves pitcher Touki Toussaint, Atlanta’s future is bright and beginning to take its shape. Now, we will take a look at the position players on the Atlanta Braves 2019 projected roster.
A Look Ahead to the 2019 Atlanta Braves
Projected Starting Lineup
1. Mallex Smith, CF
Mallex Smith made his debut for Atlanta on April 11 of this season and took over the starting center fielder role. On June 22, just over two months since his debut, Smith suffered a broken thumb on his right hand causing him to be placed on the DL. Smith was expected to miss 8-10 weeks but after being reevaluated his return was pushed back to September. At only 23 years of age, Smith is expected to be the future for the Braves in center field. Expect him to bounce back from this injury and prepare himself for the future rather than this season. With his blazing speed and a consistently high OBP, Smith will be placed at the leadoff spot to set up hitter friendly situations.
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