Jose Constanza helped energize the Braves last August with his ability to reach base and his speed. His performance appeared to give him a head start on making the team in 2012.
But Constanza has struggled this spring, leaving room for two other backup outfielders Jordan Parraz and Luis Durango to play their way into the race for a spot on the opening day roster.
With backup outfielders Matt Diaz and Eric Hinske, who can also play first base, virtually assured of making the team on the basis of their experience, proven power and pinch-hitting skills, we handicap the battle between the Constanza, Parraz and Durango for the final outfield spot.
The frontrunner: Jordan Parraz
Parraz, who is 27 years old, has never played in the majors, but hes proven this spring that he has strong offensive skills by hitting .343 with one home run, six RBIs and an OPS of .909.
He has more power than either Constanza or Durango, but doesnt have their speed and appears to be limited defensively w...