Braves NLDS roster includes three catchers

The Braves celebrated when they clinched the NL East Division on Sept. 20. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
The Braves celebrated when they clinched the NL East Division on Sept. 20. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

The Braves announced their National League Division Series roster Thursday morning, hours before Game 1 against the Cardinals at SunTrust Park.

The group includes 11 pitchers, three catchers, five infielders and six outfielders. Because of a less versatile bench following injuries to Johan Camargo and Charlie Culberson, the Braves opted for an additional bench bat over another pitcher.

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Dallas Keuchel (LH), Mike Foltynewicz and Mike Soroka are the starters, with Max Fried (LH) holding the potential to start or pitch in relief. The bullpen includes Shane Greene, Mark Melancon, Chris Martin, Luke Jackson, Sean Newcomb (LH), Darren O'Day and long-reliever Josh Tomlin.

Francisco Cervelli joins Brian McCann and Tyler Flowers as the catchers, providing the Braves another option off the bench should they wish to pinch-hit one of their backstops.

First baseman Freddie Freeman, second baseman Ozzie Albies, third baseman Josh Donaldson and shortstop Dansby Swanson comprise the starting infield as they have all season. Adeiny Hechavarria joins them as depth. Hechavarria is capable of playing any spot in the infield.

Ronald Acuna, Nick Markakis and Matt Joyce are starting in the outfield. They’re joined by Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Rafael Ortega. The Braves decided to carry Ortega to give them another left-handed bat. Hamilton adds value with his speed on the bases and defense. Duvall has the pinch-hit power the team wanted off the bench.