So that’s just six players, including the two aforementioned catchers, on the NLDS roster who came into professional baseball initially with the Braves’ organization.
That’s a smaller number than you might guess, especially for a franchise that avoids the high-end multi-year free-agent market.
Here’s how the Braves acquired the rest of their NLDS roster:
• Eleven players were obtained from other teams in trades of varying sizes: starting pitchers Mike Foltynewicz and Max Fried; shortstop Dansby Swanson; outfielders Adam Duvall and Matt Joyce; and relief pitchers Mark Melancon, Shane Greene, Chris Martin, Sean Newcomb, Darren O'Day and Luke Jackson. (The Joyce "trade" was for minimal cash considerations.)
• Seven players, in addition to the returns of Flowers and McCann, were signed as free agents of varying magnitude: third baseman Josh Donaldson, starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel, outfielders Nick Markakis and Rafael Ortega, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, catcher Francisco Cervelli and relief pitcher Josh Tomlin.
• And one player was claimed off waivers: outfielder Billy Hamilton.
Also notable: Of the 25 players who were on the Braves' opening-day active roster this season, almost half — 12, including opening-day starting pitcher Julio Teheran — aren't on the NLDS roster. And of the 25 players who were on the Braves' roster for last season's NLDS against the Dodgers, 17 aren't on the roster for the series against the Cardinals.