Time to do a little crystal-balling: we cranked up the DeLorean to go forward in time and pulled a story that we will write a year from now. Let’s see now what our Atlanta Braves will look like then.
MARCH 19, 2018. As the Atlanta Braves wrap up another week of Spring action – nearly their last at the happy confines of Walt Disney World – let’s go through the position players and the rotation to see how everyone is doing at this point.
1B – FREDDIE FREEMAN
Without the distraction of the World Baseball Classic to deal with this year, Freeman looks to be on a mission. He was robbed of the MVP trophy (seriously: do you HAVE to win the division to get the nod??) and looks to be hungry to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
He’s off to a hot start – .555/.600/1.220 – and it may only be a matter of time before pitchers trying to make a roster start giving him intentional passes in Spring.
2B – OZZIE ALBIES
Finally! Albies has entered this Spring as the de facto second baseman after a seemingly long journeyâ?¦ even though he’s still only 21 years old! There seem to be no lingering effects from his elbow injury of 19 months ago, and he’s holding up well (so far) to the rigors of full-season play.
If anything, he seems a bit ‘eager’ at the plate, but we’ll see if that calms down over time, since the Braves’ lead-off hitter needs to be on base much more than the current 31% of the time.
SS – DANSBY SWANSON
The reigning Rookie of the Year came into camp with the look of a grizzled veteran. And why not? Having inked a 10-year pact last month, the 24-year-old is anchored to this position for the foreseeable future. But he’s not showing any differences on the field – hitting .500 so far and working on crazy-scenario …
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