The Atlanta Braves, who are on the verge of clinching the NL East, have plenty of viable options for the postseason roster. Deciding what players are necessary in October is a task that will keep GM Alex Anthopoulos very busy over the coming days and weeks. You can make a case for just about every player that is currently on the roster, but cuts have to be made. So, here are three players who won't be on the Braves postseason roster.
3. OF Ender Inciarte
This is the one player that could change the entire dynamic for Atlanta's postseason roster. If Ender Inciarte can come off the injured list before the regular season ends, which is the expectation, and show that he's healthy, it wouldn't come as a shock if he makes it. However, there are roughly two weeks left in the regular season, making it hard to imagine he'll have enough time to get back to peak condition for the NLDS. Now, if they advance, Inciarte would be a prime candidate to make the NLCS roster.
2. RHP Anthony Swarzak
Anthony Swarzak was lights out when he first joined the Braves' bullpen, suggesting that he'd be on the postseason roster. However, since the All-Star break, Swarzak has been a nightmare, posting a 7.21 ERA in his last 21 appearances. After a busy trade deadline, Atlanta's bullpen is deep enough to keep him off the roster, which seemed impossible earlier in the season.
1. OF Austin Riley
Austin Riley has provided so many great moments in his rookie campaign, but he struggled before landing on the injured list and it hasn't been great since he's come back, as he's 1-for-13 in the month of September. He has a similar offensive skillset as Adam Duvall, but the difference is Duvall has Gold Glove-caliber defense you can rely on and don't have to replace late in the game if he gets a start. Unless Riley gets hot in limited plate appearances over the final couple of weeks, there's no reason to carry him come October.