Vaughn Grissom as shortstop among Braves 2023 questions

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With a bit greater than three weeks earlier than Braves pitchers and catchers report back to Spring Training, I’ve a sense common supervisor Alex Anthopoulos should make a transfer to reduce issues about who will serve as his major left fielder and shortstop this 12 months.

But with restricted choices, there may be definitely a chance that the Braves will open the season with Eddie Rosario as their major left fielder and both Orlando Arcia or Vaughn Grissom as their shortstop. They can win with this association. But in addition they might enhance at each positions.

Arcia can definitely deal with the on a regular basis shortstop position he crammed for the Brewers from 2017-20, however he has been extra productive in a backup position. As for Grissom, it is encouraging that he has continued to point out his work ethic and dedication by spending time with third-base coach and infield guru Ron Washington final summer time.

But whereas I’ve the utmost respect for a way Washington has positively impacted the careers of many infielders, I do not know if he is a miracle employee. Could he put together Grissom over the course of one other full 12 months? Maybe. But I do not know if a number of weeks in the course of the offseason and Spring Training is sufficient to get the infielder to the place he must be.

When I first noticed Grissom throughout Minor League Spring Training final 12 months, I requested about him and was informed he may finally turn out to be a second baseman or third baseman. As the following couple of months unfolded, different scouts expressed doubt about his capacity to be an on a regular basis shortstop on the massive league stage.

So, I’ve my doubts about Grissom’s capacity to interchange Dansby Swanson. Let’s not neglect this younger infielder began final 12 months at High-A and arrived within the Majors by early August. The Braves will not win the NL East with out him producing a .956 OPS by way of his first 26 video games. But he did not look snug at second base, and he tallied a .460 OPS over the 53 plate appearances that adopted.

Grissom is a superb child who appears destined to have a protracted, profitable profession. But I simply do not know if he is able to be the on a regular basis shortstop for a World Series contender. Whoever is positioned at that place will considerably affect the worth obtained from Max Fried, Kyle Wright, Spencer Strider and the remainder of the pitching employees.

The exterior choices are restricted. Elvis Andrus stands as the most suitable choice on the free agent market. Andrus had some offensive success after transferring from the A’s to the White Sox late final season. And we all know he has a powerful relationship with Washington, who was his former supervisor in Texas.

Still, Arcia or Grissom begin to look extra enticing if Andrus’ potential one-year price goes too far above the $6 million mark. Or possibly there is a commerce that might convey a shortstop to Atlanta. I simply do not see the Braves beginning the season with out upgrading at this place.

As for left discipline, the perfect hope is that Rosario turns into the newest to shine in a stroll 12 months. The veteran outfielder confirmed decreased energy after his imaginative and prescient points have been mounted final season, and he’s a mean defender at greatest in left discipline. Jordan Luplow, Eli White and Sam Hilliard solely present worth in a platoon position or as a late-inning defensive alternative.

Quite truthfully, I’d put Grissom in left discipline throughout Spring Training simply to see if he might deal with that place on an on a regular basis foundation. He’s definitely athletic sufficient to deal with the place defensively. If there is a want to place his bat within the lineup on daily basis, this could no less than be an choice.

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