Spring Training Job Battles: Final Update

Spring Training Job Battles: Final Update

This article is part of our Spring Training Job Battles series.

All spring training stats updated through March 25.

Arizona Diamondbacks


Carson Kelly and Alex Avila look to be the Diamondbacks' top two catchers, but John Ryan Murphy has made the team as well despite rumors that Arizona would switch back to a conventional two-catcher system. Caleb Joseph was optioned to Triple-A Reno.


Steven Souza will need season-ending knee surgery, which clarifies the Diamondbacks' outfield picture. Adam Jones will take over as the primary right fielder, with Ketel Marte now needing to start most games in center.

Fifth starter

Merrill Kelly started spring slowly but got things together to win the final spot in the rotation. His spring stats don't do a lot to instill confidence, however, as he finished with a 4.60 ERA and 10:8 K:BB. Matt Koch and Matt Andriese will head to the bullpen.


In a surprising move, Greg Holland won the Diamondbacks' closer job despite diminished velocity and a 12.27 spring ERA. Archie Bradley's 6.75 ERA came with a strong 7:1 K:BB, and he still looks like the team's best reliever. If salary concerns are part of the picture, Yoshihisa Hirano, who threw three scoreless innings this spring, could be next in line ahead of Bradley.

Atlanta Braves


Mike Foltynewicz (elbow) and Kevin Gausman (shoulder) will each open the season on the injured list, so Bryse Wilson, Kyle Wright and Max Fried will all be in the Braves' Opening Day rotation. Wilson will get the ball for the second game

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