With Markakis Signed, How Will Playing Time Shake Out?

With Markakis Signed, How Will Playing Time Shake Out?

I just wanted to put up a fresh post and give us a new thread.

How might playing time shake out if the Braves don’t add anyone else? Well, let’s take a look at last year. These were the top PA earners last year:

Player PAs
Freddie Freeman 707
Nick Markakis 705
Ozzie Albies 684
Ender Inciarte 660
Dansby Swanson 533
Johan Camargo 524
Ronald Acuna 487
Charlie Culberson 322
Ryan Flaherty 182
Preston Tucker 142
Adam Duvall 57

I’m omitting catchers since catchers should only get those plate appearances. Otherwise, that’s 5,003 plate appearances. Using that same amount, and adding in Josh Donaldson, this is how it looks now:

Player PAs
Freddie Freeman 700
Josh Donaldson 650
Ozzie Albies 650
Ender Inciarte 650
Ronald Acuna Jr. 650
Johan Camargo 600
Dansby Swanson 400
Nick Markakis 400
Charlie Culberson 250
Adam Duvall 50

That adds up to 5,000. What you’re seeing there is that you’re giving the guys who almost cleared 700 PAs last year a few extra days off, cutting Markakis and Dansby back quite a bit, Culberson back a little bit, and still having a spot for Donaldson and Camargo to play full-time. You’re also giving Flaherty and Tucker’s PAs to Donaldson. On paper, this team is significantly better if playing time is allotted this way and we don’t fall into injury situations.

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