The Double-A starting rotation will be led by last year's first round pick Mike Minor. He'll be followed in the rotation by Kyle Cofield, Erik Cordier, Richard Sullivan, and Scott Diamond.
Diamond returns to Mississippi after a decent 2009 season. The Braves want him to work on a few things before he advances to Triple-A.
Several will get save opportunities in the bullpen. Lee Hyde will get some save opportunities, but the Braves will also allow him to be a lefty specialist since that will be his role in the big leagues.
The bullpen will also include Brett Butts, Brandon Beachy, Tommy Palica, Mike Broadway, Stephen Marek, and Jacob Thompson.
Thompson will possibly get some significant innings on the back end of a piggyback situation.
Dustin Evans will start the season on the disabled list. He had a setback in his return from shoulder surgery.
Orlando Mercado and Benji Johnson will be the two catchers for Mississippi.
The Double-A infield will have several minor league veterans, including first baseman Mauro Gomez. The Braves will use Juan Gonzalez at second base and Luis Bolivar at shortstop. Donnell Linares will be the primary third baseman. Eric Duncan will see time at first base and third, while Travis Jones will also play at second.
Cody Johnson will be the main bat in the lineup and play left field. The Braves signed Alex Romero, in the big leagues last year for Arizona and recently released out of Houston's big league camp. Romero will play in center field. Concepcion Rodriguez will play in right field, with Willie Cabrera also getting time in the outfield and in the lineup.
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