Jason Heyward - #22 - Right Field - 6'5" - 240lbs
Tue. Dec 10, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that he is planning to use Heyward in the leadoff spot next season, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Impact: This makes sense, because while the Braves would probably prefer to bat Heyward a bit lower in the order, the 24-year-old did slash .322/.403/.551 in the leadoff spot last year and there aren't really any other quality alternatives on the team. Needless to say, a full season atop the order will really boost Heyward's run-scoring potential.
Brandon Beachy - #37 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 215lbs
Thu. Dec 5, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Beachy has full range of motion in his elbow and expects to begin throwing in early January, the Braves' official website reports.
Impact: Beachy, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012, made just five starts in 2013, before his elbow flared up again. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in September and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. While there's still plenty of potential here, Beachy carries quite a bit of uncertainty into the 2014 season.
Cristhian Martinez - #65 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 185lbs
News: Martinez was non-tendered by the Braves on Monday, becoming a free agent.
Impact: Martinez's right shoulder ailed him throughout the season, holding him to two major league appearances before opting for surgery in early July. A seven-to-eight month recovery is in order, which places his ability to pitch on opening day in major question. The 31-year-old right-hander will likely have to accept a minor league contract heading into next season, with a potential invitation to spring training in store.
Elliot Johnson - #30 - Second Base - 6'0" - 190lbs
News: Johnson was non-tendered by the Braves on Monday, becoming a free agent.
Impact: Johnson totaled 111 games between Kansas City and Atlanta last season, posting a .209/.255/.283 line, two home runs, 19 RBI, 27 runs scored, and 22 stolen bases in 254 at-bats. He may have to resort to a minor league contract this offseason, but an invitation to spring training is all but certain to come to fruition.
Paul Janish - #4 - Short Stop - 6'2" - 200lbs
News: Janish was non-tendered by the Braves on Monday, becoming a free agent.
Impact: Janish spent the first month of the season on the DL but was promptly sent to Triple-A Gwinnett upon his activation. He eventually worked his way back to the Braves by June's conclusion, earning 41 at-bats across 52 appearances with a thoroughly disappointing .171/.222/.220 slash line. A minor league deal is likely in his future.
Ramiro Pena - #14 - Short Stop - 5'11" - 185lbs
News: Pena (shoulder) signed a one-year deal with the Braves on Monday.
Impact: Pena underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder in late June, but is fully expected to be ready for spring training. Prior to the injury, he played in 50 games, batting a modest .278/.330/.443 with three home runs in 97 at-bats. Expect him to take on a key reserve infielder role once again.
Evan Gattis - #24 - Catcher - 6'4" - 230lbs
Tue. Nov 26, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Gattis is expected to open next season as the Braves' starting catcher, MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Brian McCann era in Atlanta is now over, as he left via free agency for the Yankees, so the door is open for Gattis to take the reins as primary catcher in 2014. The 27-year-old Gattis put together an impressive rookie campaign, hitting .243/.291/.480 with 21 home runs and 21 doubles in 105 games. Perhaps equally as important, Gattis also lessened concerns about his defense behind the plate and gained the confidence of the pitching staff in his game-calling abilities. As things stand now, Gerald Laird is the favorite to back up Gattis next year, though 22-year-old Christian Bethancourt could get the call eventually if he can improve his plate discipline.