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Braves signed C Blake Lalli to a minor league contract.

The Braves sit with five catchers on their roster as-of-now, so Blake Lalli will need to perform his butt off and have quite a few injuries to get some time in the majors. However, we can't forget that he also has played first base, which the Braves currently only have Freddie Freeman for. That being said, Lalli has spent most of his career in the minors with his MLB debut coming back in 2012 after going un-drafted and signed in 2006 by the Cubs. His career in the majors has produced a .128 average with four RBIs. He did have a decent season at Triple-A with the Diamondbacks last season hitting .260 with three home-runs and 30 RBIs. The 32 year-old likely won't see much of the majors unless the Braves are desperate or play him at first base.

PLAYER ARRIVALS

# Player Position Previous Team
1 David Holmberg SF Reds
2 Ian Krol RP Tigers
3 Chase d'Arnaud INF Phillies
4 Kelly Johnson INF Mets
5 Jhoulys Chacin SP Diamondbacks
6 Chris Volstad RP Pirates
7 Kyle Kendrick SP Rockies
8 Reid Brignac INF Marlins
9 Tyler Flowers C White Sox
10 David Carpenter RP Nationals
11 Gordon Beckham INF White Sox
12 Emilio Bonifacio INF Cubs
13 Alexi Ogando RP Red Sox
14 Erick Aybar SS Angels
15 Bud Norris SP Padres
16 Casey Kelly SP Padres
17 Casey Kelly RP Mariners
18 A.J. Pierzynski C Braves

PLAYER DEPARTURES

# Player Position New Team
1 Christian Bethancourt C Padres
2 Joey Terdoslavich 1B Orioles
3 Peter Moylan RP Free Agent
4 Sugar Ray Marimon RP Free Agent
5 Edwin Jackson RP Marlins
6 Andrelton Simmons SS Angels
7 Jason Frasor RP Free Agent
8 Shelby Miller SP Diamondbacks
9 Nick Masset RP Nationals
10 Michael Kohn RP Free Agent
11 Cameron Maybin OF Tigers
12 Ross Detwiler RP Indians
13 Pedro Ciriaco INF Rangers
14 David Aardsma RP Free Agent
15 Donnie Veal RP Rangers
16 Wil Nieves C Free Agent

TOP PROSPECTS

# Player Position
1 Jose Peraza 2B/SS
2 Mike Foltynewicz P
3 Lucas Sims P
4 Max Fried P
5 Christian Betancourt C
6 Rio Ruiz 3B/OF
7 Arodys Vizcaino P
8 Braxton Davidson OF
9 Ozhaino Albies SS
10 Jason Hursh P

Top Picks for BRAVES

# Player Position College
1 Braxton Davidson OF T. C. Roberson HS (NC)
2 Garrett Fulenchek P Howe HS (TX)
3 Max Povse P UNC - Greensboro (NC)
4 Chad Sobotka P University of South Carolina - Upstate (SC)
5 Chris Diaz P Miami (FL)
6 Keith Curcio OF Florida Southern College (FL)
7 Luke Dykstra 2B Westlake HS (CA)
8 Bradley Roney P Southern Mississippi (MS)
9 Jordan Edgerton 3B UNC - Pembroke (NC)
10 Matt Tellor 1B Southeast Missouri State (MO)

2015 YTD Stats

Catcher

Player Tm Pos AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB K BA OBP SLG
Ryan Lavarnway Braves C 66 15 5 0 2 5 6 0 7 21 .227 .311 .394
Wil Nieves Braves C 13 1 0 0 1 1 4 0 1 4 .000 .071 .000
A.J. Pierzynski Braves C 407 122 24 1 9 38 49 0 17 37 .300 .339 .430

First Base

Player Tm Pos AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB K BA OBP SLG
Nick Swisher Braves 1B 118 23 5 0 4 8 17 0 27 30 .195 .349 .339
Freddie Freeman Braves 1B 416 115 27 0 18 62 66 3 52 98 .276 .370 .471

Second Base

Player Tm Pos AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB K BA OBP SLG
Jace Peterson Braves 2B 528 126 23 5 6 55 52 12 52 120 .239 .314 .335
Hector Olivera Braves 2B 79 20 4 1 2 4 11 0 5 12 .253 .310 .405

Third Base

Player Tm Pos AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB K BA OBP SLG
Adonis Garcia Braves 3B 191 53 12 0 10 20 26 0 5 35 .277 .293 .497

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB K BA OBP SLG
Daniel Castro Braves SS 96 23 2 1 2 14 5 0 3 15 .240 .263 .344

Left Field

Player Tm Pos AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB K BA OBP SLG
Michael Bourn Braves LF 136 30 3 1 0 10 11 4 17 31 .221 .303 .257
Kelly Johnson Braves LF 182 50 5 0 9 20 34 1 12 43 .275 .321 .451

Center Field

Player Tm Pos AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB K BA OBP SLG

Right Field

Player Tm Pos AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI SB BB K BA OBP SLG
Nick Markakis Braves RF 612 181 38 1 3 73 53 2 59 83 .296 .370 .376

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos W L Sv G IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Daniel Winkler Braves SP 0 0 0 0 1.2 2 2 2 1 2 10.80 1.80
Ryan Kelly Braves RP 0 0 0 0 16.2 21 5 13 6 10 7.02 1.62
Danny Burawa Braves RP 0 0 0 0 12.1 8 1 5 4 10 3.65 0.97
Sugar Ray Marimon Braves RP 0 1 0 0 25.2 30 3 21 14 14 7.36 1.71
Jim Johnson Braves RP 2 3 9 0 48 45 2 12 12 33 2.25 1.23
Brandon Cunniff Braves RP 2 2 0 0 35 27 4 18 20 37 4.63 1.40
Jason Grilli Braves RP 3 4 24 0 33.2 28 2 11 9 45 2.94 1.13
Andrew McKirahan Braves RP 1 0 0 0 27.1 40 2 18 8 22 5.93 1.83
Ryan Weber Braves SP 0 3 0 0 28.1 25 3 15 6 19 4.77 1.09
Michael Foltynewicz Braves SP 4 6 0 0 86.2 112 17 55 29 77 5.71 1.63
Arodys Vizcaino Braves RP 3 1 9 0 33.2 27 1 6 11 37 1.60 1.19
Matt Marksberry Braves RP 0 3 0 0 23.1 22 2 13 14 21 5.01 1.63
Williams Perez Braves SP 7 6 1 0 116.2 130 13 62 49 73 4.78 1.55
Julio Teheran Braves SP 11 8 0 0 200.2 189 27 90 70 171 4.04 1.31
Matt Wisler Braves SP 8 8 0 0 109 119 16 57 36 72 4.71 1.46
Manny Banuelos Braves SP 1 4 0 0 26.1 30 4 15 12 19 5.13 1.60
Paco Rodriguez Braves RP 0 0 0 0 10.1 10 0 3 3 8 2.61 1.26
Jason Frasor Braves RP 0 0 0 0 4.2 3 0 0 2 4 0.00 1.29
David Carpenter Braves RP 0 0 0 0 3.2 6 2 3 0 5 7.36 1.64