March 21, 2021
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – Spring Training starts to hit the home stretch, it’s looking more and more like Brian Snitker will once again have a number of versatile options at his disposal. Johan Camargo is a lock to be part of that group, with Ender Inciarte likely serving as a very expensive late inning defensive replacement and pinch runner. We know the backup catcher will also be available, but that’s typically a last resort. As far as the other spots left, it appears as though Jake Lamb and Ehire Adrianza are the two most logical candidates at this point in Spring. Lamb and Adrianza have had to battle it out with guys like Pablo Sandoval and Jason Kipnis, but Kipnis is essentially just a second baseman at this point in his career while Pablo Sandoval could play the corner infield spots. That said, Lamb can also play the corners, and has the advantage when it comes to age, so he definitely seems to have an inside track.
Could the team carry three catchers? Sure, they could. However, it seems like they’d prefer just two with Alex Jackson backing up Travis d’Arnaud in the early going to allow William Contreras to continue to develop at Triple-A as he will likely be the everyday man behind the plate starting in 2022.
Kevin McAlpin has covered the Braves since 2012 for @680TheFan and the @BravesRadioNet.