Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Top 5 Early Standouts
Atlanta Braves' Spring Training Standouts
We’re nearing the one-month mark since pitchers and catchers reported to Major League Baseball Spring Training and we have already begun some preseason baseball. Now is the time of year when old faces renew themselves and new faces stake their claim on their respective franchises.
The Atlanta Braves are currently 1-6-2 entering their Thursday night matchup with the Washington Nationals. While you’d like to win, it’s important to note that Spring Training is all about the individual player and their performance. Wins and losses aren’t necessarily a true determination of how good a team is. Spring is all about working out the kinks and shaking off the rust from the offseason.
For the Braves, they’ve had several players get the rust knocked off early. Even better, a couple of those players are at positions where they need replacements, pitcher and catcher. Whenever you lose a key player, you hope for the next man up to be ready for the opportunity. For the Braves, the early going certainly says the next man up was eager for the chance.
Atlanta is coming off of a season in which the won the NL East championship. If they want to repeat, they are going to have to find players to replace the likes of Tim Hudson and Brian McCann. As you’ll see in this slideshow, a couple names are standing out as possible replacements.
On the following five slides, you’ll find five players that have stood out early in Spring Training. This list includes veterans, new guys, pitchers and everything in between. Simply put, if they’ve been playing well this spring, they’ve made the list.
5. Juan Jaime - Pitcher
Reliever Juan Jaime is back at Spring Training for the second year in a row and is making the most of his opportunity. Through three innings of work, Jaime has yet to give up a hit while striking out three. He has given up two walks and one of those led to an earned run given up.
4. David Carpenter - Pitcher
David Carpenter is off to a good start on the mound for Atlanta this spring. The 28-year old right hander has pitched three innings over three outings with good success. He’s given up two hits and a run, but those all came in the same game. In his other two appearances, he struck out three and allowed just one man on base by hitting him with a pitch.
3. Tommy La Stella - Second Base
Tommy La Stella is one of several minor leaguers that are standing out at Spring Training. The second baseman is 7-for-18 with two doubles, an RBI and has drawn four walks. He’s doing a solid job getting on base and then working his way around the bags. La Stella has covered nine total bases this spring and has scored five runs.
2. Freddie Freeman - First Base
Freddie Freeman has displayed one of the Braves’ best bats this spring. The first baseman is 7-of-14 with two doubles and two RBIs. He’s also drawn three walks. Freeman is a consistently good player for Atlanta and it certainly seems like he’ll be the just as good in 2014.
1. Freddy Garcia - Pitcher
Freddy Garcia is off to one of the best starts of any pitcher in MLB this spring. He’s pitched five full innings this spring and has struck out five while not yielding a hit or run. Garcia is off to a great start this spring and that is encouraging for the future of the rotation.