Chopcast: Braves infield holds promise, intrigue

Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons upped his power numbers to 17 home runs in his sophomore campaign.

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The Atlanta Braves’ infield on Opening Day is currently projected to look almost identical to the 2013 Opening Day version. In fact, there’s a chance that every position, from catcher to third base, could be the exact same.

The Braves trotted out Freddie Freeman (first), Dan Uggla (second), Andrelton Simmons (shortstop), Chris Johnson (third) and Gerald Laird behind the plate. Barring injury or trade, that quintet is an option for manager Fredi Gonzalez once again, though Evan Gattis will more than likely get the start at catcher. All the same, there’s some consistency there.

That’s not to say there is little to discuss, though.

Entering a season with two positions in flux, two positions held down by up-and-coming stars and the fifth — third base — being manned by a guy coming off a career-best season. The Chopcast team — Zach Dillard, Cory McCartney and Jay Clemons — discuss the ins and outs of the infield situation, including Freddie Freeman’s development, Andrelton Simmon’s improving offense and a curious situation with Dan Uggla at second base:

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