- Tyler Flowers
It isn’t known yet quite how the platoon between Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki will be handled but Flowers is expected to at least be the Opening day catcher for the Braves. The move from the White Sox to the Braves worked wonders for Flowers offensively, 2016 saw him put up a career year and help a struggling Braves offense early in the season when age caught up with A.J. Pierzynski.
Expecting a repeat of last year would be a bit unfair for Flowers especially with his newfound competition in Suzuki who is more of an offensive catcher than a defensive one. The biggest area that Flowers needs to improve his game is his defense and ability to throw out runners.
Projected statline- .252 Average-.304 OBP-20 Runs Scored-45 RBI-0 Stolen Bases-6 Homers
Flowers is a solid catcher but neither Flowers nor Suzuki may be in Atlanta next year when the Braves are expected to make a push to compete for the postseason again.
Overall the Braves lineup is a much better unit than when the season started in 2016 and should expect to be able to score with a lot more consistency. The problem for the Braves may not be the offense but where are they going to find the pitching with three veteran starters and a question mark in Mike Folynewicz may spell another season of rebuilding for the Braves.