3) Braves shouldn’t be shy about moving Vaughn Grissom to another position
Orlando Arcia is back, and the Braves will hope Ozzie Albies also returns from the IL soon. Where does this leave Vaughn Grissom?
The rookie Braves infielder has played shortstop, second base, and third base in the minor leagues. It wouldn’t be the worst idea to see if he can give the Braves some innings in one of their biggest holes: left field.
The lack of production from just about everyone who has played the position is a problem for Atlanta. This is a position you can accept ugly defense. Very little offense, on the other hand, is harder to digest.
Would it be so outrageous to try Grissom out in left field even for a few innings? He is currently hitting well, and it could give the Braves a fantastic solution.
It’s not unusual for young players to explore different positions when they are called up to the majors on short notice. Specifically, Grissom could fit in with the Braves as a utility player. It’s hard to see how he gets much playing time at all once Albies returns.
There is nothing to suggest this is something the Braves have even considered. With Robbie Grossman on the roster, there’s a clear player to replace him on defense if he is any sort of a liability out there late in games.
There is already a strange roster crunch with the Braves in addition the fact that they had two All-Star catchers this season. They can solve that moving forward by giving Contreras more at-bats as a DH. For Grissom, he’ll need to grab his glove and head out to an unfamiliar position.