The Braves' roster for 2009 has one very notable omission with John Smoltz's departure to the Red Sox. However, the additions of Derek Lowe, Javier Vasquez and Kenshin Kawakami give hope to the idea that the Braves may finally find some stability in their rotation without having a notable ace likely to win 20 games.
Offensively, the Braves are looking for Chipper Jones and Brian McCann to repeat their form of 2008 and Jeff Francoeur to rediscover his own, whilst continuing their search for a power-hitting outfielder. Key to the Braves' chances are a strong start and dominating division rivals. They will have a chance to do both on opening day when they take on the world champion Phillies in Philadelphia.
Previous Years' Opening Day Rosters:
Photo | Name | Position | Number | Bats | Throws |
| Yunel Escobar | Shortstop | 19 | Right | Right |
| Tom Glavine | Starting Pitcher | 47 | Left | Left |
| Garret Anderson | Outfielder | 18 | Left | Left |
| Eric O'Flaherty | Relief Pitcher | 34 | Left | Left |
| Boone Logan | Relief Pitcher | 36 | Right | Left |
| Kelly Johnson | 2nd Base | 2 | Left | Right |
| Chipper Jones | 3rd Base | 10 | Switch | Right |
| Casey Kotchman | 1st Base | 22 | Left | Left |
| Brian McCann | Catcher | 16 | Left | Right |
| Martin Prado | 3rd Base | 14 | Right | Right |
| Omar Infante | Utility Infield | 4 | Right | Right |
| Clint Sammons | Backup Catcher | 5 | Right | Right |
| Jordan Schafer | Center Field | 24 | Left | Left |
| Jeff Francoeur | Right Field | 7 | Right | Right |
| Matt Diaz | Left Field | 23 | Right | Right |
| Gregor Blanco | Utility Outfield | 18 | Left | Left |
| Brandon Jones | Utility Outfield | 28 | Left | Right |
| Derek Lowe | Starting Pitcher | 32 | Right | Right |
| Jair Jurrjens | Starting Pitcher | 49 | Right | Right |
| Javier Vasquez | Starting Pitcher | 33 | Right | Right |
| Kenshin Kawakami | Starting Pitcher | 11 | Right | Right |
| Tim Hudson | Starting Pitcher | 15 | Right | Right |
| Mike Gonzalez | Closer | 51 | Right | Left |
| Manny Acosta | Relief Pitcher | 46 | Switch | Right |
| Blaine Boyer | Relief Pitcher | 56 | Right | Right |
| Jeff Bennett | Relief Pitcher | 30 | Right | Right |
| Jorge Campillo | Starting Pitcher | 57 | Right | Right |
| Rafael Soriano | Relief Pitcher | 39 | Right | Right |
| Peter Moylan | Relief Pitcher | 58 | Right | Right |
| Jo-Jo Reyes | Starting Pitcher | 37 | Left | Left |
| Todd Redmond | Relief Pitcher | 66 | Right | Right |
| James Parr | Starting Pitcher | 61 | Right | Right |
| Charlie Morton | Starting Pitcher | 50 | Right | Right |
| Luis Valdez | Relief Pitcher | 62 | Right | Right |
| Greg Norton | Utility Outfield | 20 | Switch | Right |
| Diory Hernandez | Utility Infield | 63 | Right | Right |
| Buddy Carlyle | Relief Pitcher | 38 | Left | Right |
| David Ross | Catcher | Not assigned | Right | Right |
| Stephen Marek | Pitcher | 65 | Left | Right |