2014 stats (MLB): 6 starts, 6.75 ERA, 7.41 FIP Reason to know: The 36-year-old Rodriguez has a nice track record, putting up decent-to-good numbers from 2007 to 2012. Over that span, he put up solid No. 2-type numbers -- 3.66 ERA, 16.0 WAR -- but injury issues have provided significant setbacks. In limited time, he gave up home runs and runs at an alarming rate last season before being released. Rodriguez comes to Atlanta on a minor-league deal but is considered one of the favorites to win the job.
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Eric Stults, SP
2014 stats (MLB): 176 innings pitched, 4.30 ERA, 4.63 FIP Reason to know: One of the veterans brought in to compete for the fifth starting job, Stults held a spot in the Padres rotation last year with underwhelming results. Of course, he was also dealt a raw hand: he received the least run support in baseball last season, even worse than Alex Wood and Julio Teheran. Stults enjoyed a quality season in 2013, pitching more than 200 innings and posting a 3.53 FIP, but for the most part has been a replacement-level pitcher throughout his career. As with any of the fifth starter candidates, a good spring could go a long way.
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Michael Foltynewicz, SP
2014 stats (MLB): 16 games, 5.30 ERA, 4.85 FIP Reason to know: The Evan Gattis trade delivered two top-five prospects in the Braves farm system, according to FanGraphs. Foltynewicz is one of them, and with a little MLB experience under his belt he'll be yet another fifth starter candidate to track this spring. The 23-year-old stands 6-foot-4 with a plus-plus fastball -- occasionally touching 100 miles per hour -- and the ability to develop into a mid-rotation arm as early as 2015 or '16 if he can get his command in order. If he doesn't make the 25-man roster out of spring training, he'll likely be sent to Triple-A Gwinnett to continue honing his craft as a starter. He could also offer a big-time arm with closer's stuff in relief if the Braves chose to go that route.
Manny Banuelos, SP
2014 stats (Double-A): 17 games, 4.59 ERA, 5.03 FIP Reason to know: Banuelos is another prospect to fit the "Promising Young Pitcher With Injury History" mold that the Braves did not shy away from this offseason. The former No. 13-rated prospect in baseball (MLB) and a one-time untouchable in the Yankees farm system, Banuelos underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 and his numbers have yet to bounce back. All the same, the Braves acquired him for two quality relievers -- David Carpenter and Chasen Schreve -- and he'll have a chance to win the team's fifth starter spot in camp.
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Max Fried, SP
2013 stats (Single-A): 118 2/3 innings pitched, 3.49 ERA, 4.04 FIP Reason to know: The crown jewel of the Justin Upton trade, Fried is a highly regarded southpaw in the middle of a rough patch in his development. After missing nearly the entirety of the 2014 season with forearm soreness, Fried, the No. 7 overall in 2012 draft, underwent Tommy John surgery in August. He'll miss the 2015 season. Still, if the 6-foot-4 lefty can regain his form post-surgery -- he's drawn comparisons to Cole Hamels at times -- the Braves are going to walk away with a prospect that they could not have acquired otherwise. According to FanGraphs, Fried, 21, immediately becomes the No. 3 prospect in the team's overhauled farm system.
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Tyrell Jenkins, SP
2014 stats (High-A): 13 games, 3.28 ERA, 4.31 FIP Reason to know: Jenkins looks the part. The former Baylor football commit is a big-time athlete that started putting things together in the Arizona Fall League -- flashing a nasty curveball at times -- after recovering from shoulder surgery during the first half of the season. Jenkins came over from the Cardinals system in the Jason Heyward trade and if he and Shelby Miller, the other piece, hit their ceilings, the Braves will have to feel good about their return. The 22-year-old Jenkins will be in spring camp although he's never pitched above High-A ball.
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Shelby Miller, SP
2014 stats (MLB): 10-9 record, 183 innings pitched, 3.74 ERA, 4.54 FIP Reason to know: The team's only MLB-ready difference-maker to come out of their three offseason blockbuster deals -- trading Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis -- Miller is expected to anchor the middle of the team's rotation behind Julio Teheran and Alex Wood. And maybe more. After challenging for the NL Rookie of the Year title in 2013, along with Teheran, Jose Fernandez and Yasiel Puig, Miller suffered through a sophomore slump last season, posting the seventh-worst FIP among qualified starters. Still, if his late-season numbers are any indication, he figured things out and he will be expected to help anchor what looks like the strength of the organization.
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Jason Grilli, RP
2014 stats (MLB): 62 appearances, 12 saves, 4.00 ERA, 3.37 FIP Reason to know: The longest major-league deal the front office handed a reliever this offseason was two years, and it went to Grilli, the former All-Star Pirates closer who pitched fairly well after being traded to the Angels last season. Now, the 38-year-old righty with a quality strikeout rate steps in as the heir apparent to the setup role left behind by David Carpenter and Jordan Walden. If he can replicate his 2.15 FIP in 33 2/3 innings pitched with the Angels, late innings in Atlanta are going to be in good hands.
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Josh Outman, RP
2014 stats (MLB): 40 appearances, 2.86 ERA, 4.83 FIP Reason to know: The Braves experimentations with lefty specialists have been hit-or-miss in recent seasons. Luis Avilan's numbers have regressed, James Russell functioned performed better against righties, Scott Downs had his moments, etc. In steps Outman with some good numbers -- .167 opposing batting average versus lefties in 2014 -- looking to lock down a role with the relief corps.
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Jim Johnson, RP
2014 stats (MLB): 54 appearances, 2 saves, 7.09 ERA, 5.08 FIP Reason to know: A two-time 50-save closer for the Orioles, Johnson fell on hard times in 2015. He'll look to rebound from that career low in Atlanta on a one-year deal. The 31-year-old's command numbers took a nose-dive last season, and while he's never been a high strikeout arm, if he rediscover his 2011-13 numbers (3.5 combined WAR) he could be a valuable mid- to late-inning relief option.
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Arodys Vizcaino, RP
2014 stats (MLB): 5 appearances, 5.40 ERA, 5.93 FIP Reason to know: A former Braves prospect, Vizcaino appeared in 17 games in 2011 before being sent to the Cubs in the Paul Maholm-Reed Johnson deal. But after an unsuccessful stint in Chicago's system, Vizcaino returned in exchange for second baseman Tommy La Stella, and now he'll look to get back on track. He possesses big-league stuff, featuring a plus fastball, but he'll need to show improved command (4.84 career walks per nine innings) to cement a spot in a reshuffled, veteran-laden bullpen.
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Kevin Seitzer, Hitting Coach
Reason to know: Seitzer, the team's new hitting coach after stints in Toronto and Kansas City, is a workaholic. He's spent the majority of his "offseason" studying film on every Braves hitter, including the newly acquired bats, and in talking with multiple position players over the past few weeks it was evident that he came more-than-prepared to their preseason hitting sessions. Seitzer, 52, preaches a disciplined and balanced approach at the plate, and he'll be tasked with cutting strikeouts and increasing the efficiency of what was the second-lowest scoring team in baseball. He'll be asked to do it without three of the franchise's four best hitters from a year ago, too. His work with the likes of Chris Johnson, Andrelton Simmons and B.J. Upton could be vital to the team's success moving forward.
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Alberto Callaspo, IF
2014 stats (MLB): 127 games, .223/.290/.290, 4 home runs, -1.1 WAR Reason to know: How much does the 31-year-old have left in the tank? Once a very solid player for the Royals and Angels, Callaspo was a detriment to the Oakland Athletics' playoff run last season, posting career-low numbers practically across the board. The Braves signed the veteran to a major-league deal at the Winter Meetings, likely to help fill the second-base void until top prospect Jose Peraza is ready, but he'll have more than enough competition if he doesn't produce -- it's likely to be a platoon situation anyways. Callaspo offers a switch-hitting bat with better career numbers against lefties and extensive experience playing second and third. In other words, another versatile option for Gonzalez.
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Jace Peterson, IF
2014 stats (MLB): 27 games, .113/.161/.113, 2 stolen bases Reason to know: A lesser-known quantity in the Padres-Braves trade the sent Justin Upton to San Diego for a haul of prospects, Peterson boasts a little MLB experience and could battle for time at the wide-open (and also overcrowded) second base spot. The 24-year-old offers a lefty bat that put up strong minor-league numbers, hitting .306/.406/.464 in Triple-A last season before a late-season call-up. If anything, he's a bench option for Fredi Gonzalez.
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Kelly Johnson, IF/OF
2014 stats (MLB): 106 games, .215/.296/.362, 7 home runs, 0.5 WAR Reason to know: Remember him? Johnson made his professional debut with the Braves back in 2005 as a 23-year-old, playing four seasons for the team (7.6 combined WAR) before moving to Arizona in free agency. He returns on a minor-league deal as a lefty-hitting journeyman with the capability of playing multiple positions. Johnson could potentially work his way into multiple platoon situations (second base, left field), but could ultimately serve as a utility bench option if he makes the club.
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Rio Ruiz, 3B
2014 stats (High-A): 131 games, .293/.387/.436, 11 home runs, 77 RBI Reason to know: The other prize prospect in the Evan Gattis trade, alongside Michael Foltynewicz, Ruiz is already drawing third-baseman-of-the-future hype. FanGraphs rates him as the No. 2 overall prospect in Atlanta's system -- behind 18-year-old shortstop Ozhaino Albies -- and his bat projects. He hit well at High-A ball as a 20-year-old and could find himself in position to rise quickly through the system. He is one of the few players his age to be one of the Braves' non-roster invitee to spring training.
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Dian Toscano, OF
2012-13 stats (Cuba): 86 plate appearances, .356/.400/.452 Reason to know: Toscano is an X-factor for this Braves team. The 25-year-old Cuban outfielder signed as an international free agent and could compete for an MLB roster spot as early as 2015 (after an expected adjustment period in the minors). He primarily played left field in the top Cuban league, Serie Nacional, and that's where he's most likely to find playing time in Atlanta. There is not much information available on Toscano -- he did not play for the Cuban national team -- but the organization's revamped scouting department showed enough faith in him to ink him to a four-year deal. Photo by Carolina Vilches
Zoilo Almonte, OF
2014 stats (MLB): 13 games, .139/.139/.222, 1 home run Reason to know: The 25-year-old Almonte was one of the earlier additions to the Braves now-crowded outfield, signing a one-year major-league deal as a free agent, and he'll need to put together an impressive spring. He's a switch-hitting with limited MLB experience, logging most of his time in left field. The problem is the Braves have roughly 10 other potential left fielders to choose from. If Almonte makes the 25-man roster, it will likely be in a platoon role at best.
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Jonny Gomes, LF
2014 stats (MLB): 112 games, .234/.327/.330, 6 home runs, -0.3 WAR Reason to know: Gomes has been around the league longer than most players on Atlanta's roster: he played for Tampa Bay back when they were the Devil Rays -- more than half the team's 40-man roster hadn't even been drafted at that point. Gomes signed a one-year deal as a free agent. He's enjoyed an up-and-down career that does include a World Series ring, but his numbers fell off in 2014, particularly against right-handed pitching. His left-field spot projects as a platoon situation anyways, so he could see more time against lefties (112 weighted runs created versus southpaws last season) in 2015.
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Eric Young Jr., OF
2014 stats (MLB): 100 games, .229/.299/.311, 30 stolen bases, 1.2 WAR Reason to know: The newest addition to the Braves laundry list of offseason moves, Young is a known quantity in Atlanta after playing with the division rival New York Mets for the better part of the past two seasons. (Unfortunately, it was Young's cleat that shattered Tim Hudson's ankle in 2013.) If anything, Young will offer speed. He's stolen 138 bases in 504 career games. The switch-hitting Young could work his way into the left-field platoon or backup outfielder mix.
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Nick Markakis, RF
2014 stats (MLB): 155 games, .276/.342/.386, 14 home runs, 2.5 WAR Reason to know: The team's most expensive offseason acquisition is stepping into an offense that needs all the help it can get. After signing a four-year, $44 million deal with Atlanta -- a long-term commitment to a 31-year-old that did not necessarily match the organization's offseason philosophy -- Markakis immediately steps in as one of the best hitters available for Gonzalez. He could hit anywhere from leadoff to cleanup in this lineup. The former Orioles star is a durable option capable of putting together quality at-bats, and though his offensive and defensive numbers do not match his right-field predecessor's (Jason Heyward) he should be one of the team's best players in 2015.
A.J. Pierzynski, C
2014 stats (MLB): 102 games, .251/.288/.337, 5 home runs, -0.4 WAR Reason to know: The 38-year-old veteran's role is going to be interesting. The time is now for long-time top prospect Christian Bethancourt behind the plate, a defensive whiz that showed promise in spurts last season. Pierzynski signed as the backup catcher, but could offer value in a variety of ways. His bat, while declining, should still hit right-handed pitching. While the No. 1 goal is to develop Bethancourt into a franchise catcher, Pierzynski could occasionally spell the rookie against right-handed pitching.