Wall's speed and defensive versatility make him a favorite to break camp on the 26-man roster in a bench role, David O'Brien of The Athletic
The 28-year-old can handle all three outfield positions and stole 57 bases on 66 attempts in 105 games last season between the majors and Triple-A Gwinnett, and Wall would give Atlanta a speed element on the bench that the likes of Travis d'Arnaud
and Luis Guillorme
can't match. Wall's main competition for the top outfield reserve role is offseason acquisition J.P. Martinez
, but the team has indicated it would prefer Martinez to get everyday at-bats at Triple-A to stay ready in case of an injury to a starter, rather than playing infrequently on the big-league bench. Eli White
and Luke Williams
are also in the mix, but the job could be Wall's to lose.