Bonifacio got the start in center field for Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, going 1-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases. He's now hitting a cool .300 (6-for-20) on the spring while his main competition for a bench spot, Micah Johnson, saw his average tumble to .233 (7-for-30) after he went 0-for-4 on Saturday with two strikeouts. Bonifacio would seem to be in the lead for the fourth outfielder role, and while he hasn't seen much time in the majors since 2014, the veteran did steal 26 bases in 110 games that season. With a utility job, the 31-year-old could be worth a look as a late-round or reserve pick for fantasy players in need of some extra speed.
Bonifacio is likely competing with Micah Johnson for the final spot on the Braves' bench, Mike Nabors of MLB.com reports. He has more experience in the outfield and as a utility player, which could give him an edge over Johnson, but Bonifacio's also off to a better start at the plate this spring, hitting .267 (4-for-15) so far. Whichever player wins the job isn't likely to see much playing time, though, greatly limiting their fantasy value.
Bonifacio went 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Blue Jays. He replaced Nick Markakis in right field before shifting over to left later in the game, and it's that versatility that gives Bonifacio an edge when it comes to winning a spot on the Braves' bench. Of course, if the 31-year-old continues to hit like this during the spring, it'll make the front office's decision that much easier.
Bonifacio's experience in the outfield could give him an advantage when it comes to winning a spot on the Braves' bench this spring. As it currently stands, Atlanta only has three outfielders on their 40-man roster -- starters Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis -- so they'll be looking for depth during spring training. Jace Peterson and Chase d'Arnaud are considered the primary options to win utility roles, but they've seen action in the outfield in a combined 29 big league games between them. Bonifacio, on the other hand, played 65 games in center field as recently as 2014. That resume could win him the fourth outfielder role coming out of camp, and the 31-year-old's 37 steals in 107 games at Triple-A last year would then make him an intriguing stash in deep NL-only leagues.
Bonifacio re-signed with Atlanta on Friday, receiving a minor league contract, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Bonifacio made just 43 plate appearances in 24 games for Atlanta last season, slashing .211/.268/.211. He'll compete for a utility job next season, and even though he didn't play any infield position last season, he has experience playing second base, third base and shortstop, along with all three outfield positions.