5 Positive Signs for Atlanta Braves from Spring Training 2014

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5 Positive Signs for Atlanta Braves from Spring Training 2014

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During the early parts of Spring Training there are already a few things that each team’s coaching staff is looking for. All around there are no big deals going on for wins and losses though a team that has won a great deal of games sure does enjoy it. Even an undefeated team has things they have to get better at and even a winless team has positive things going on. The Atlanta Braves have seen a little winning and losing but there are already several positive things going on as well.

We will get to that in a minute but a brief word needs to be said about Brandon Beachy. The Braves’ starter is said by many to have struggled in his first outing but that is not exactly true. The key for Beachy right now is not to win games and get batters out. It is all about controlling his effort and slowly increasing velocity over the course of the spring. He could get shelled in every game and it wouldn’t matter to the Braves as long as he was feeling nothing above normal pain in his elbow.

Things like that have to be looked at during a time like this. Winning and losing does not matter a great deal at all. For a hitter it is all about timing and getting the swing right. Pitchers want to increase velocity slowly and hit their goals in each outing. Giving up zero runs is meaningless if it was done through too much exertion. Likewise, hitting a home run that travels 500 feet is meaningless if it throws a hitter’s timing off.

Here is a look at five things that are certainly going right for the Braves early on during Spring Training. These are things that matter for the reasons mentioned above. Click through and give a few thoughts to these positive signs for the Braves. Feel free to leave a comment if you want.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Starting Pitching Looks Deep and Strong

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From the top on down the Braves starters are looking really good the first time around. Whether young or veteran there are reasons to believe in the depth of this staff. That will be a priceless thing in the odd case that someone gets injured or for some other reason is not ready to go. Right now this starting staff looks like it could be among the strongest in baseball no matter who exactly fills the final spot or two.

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4 – Ramiro Pena is Healthy and Hitting

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Pena’s injury is one of the most important and likely overlooked problems from 2013. He was such a huge part of the team when he went down that the ripples from him going down really kept hurting the Braves all the way through the playoffs. Whether spelling someone on a certain day or coming off of the bench at just the right time, Pena is healthy and ready to be a force for the Braves.

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3 – Jason Heyward At-Bats are Already Looking Very Good

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After he was hit in the jaw by a pitch last season it was amazing that Heyward came back at all before the end of the season. It was pretty clear that his timing and momentum from before his broken jaw was clearly negatively affected. Already during Spring Training his timing looks to be getting better and he is not shying away from left-handers at all. Heyward healthy and ready would be a huge thing for this team right out of the gate.

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2 – Tommy La Stella is On Fire

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In his first real chance to show the Braves’ coaches what he can do, La Stella is not disappointing at all. He is showing right now that he should be considered the Braves’ next second baseman within the next couple of seasons. It is a very good sign for him to be adapting so quickly and so well as it confirms what the Braves have thought was on the way. They were right it would appear.

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1 – Dan Uggla is Killing the Baseball So Far

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With Uggla coming off such a bad season it was important for him to come out on fire and boy has he ever done that. He is among the best the Braves have right now. At least for now it would appear that Uggla’s swing and timing could be as good as it has been during his entire time with the Braves. If this continues even at half of the current level of success, the Braves will be the happiest formerly frustrated team on the planet.

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