Atlanta Braves’ Top 5 Hitters So Far This Season

Top 5 Hitters For Atlanta Braves So Far This Season

Jason Heyward
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The Atlanta Braves have struggled offensively as the season has gone on. When one player gets hot, it seems like another big piece goes on a cold streak. If this team ever hits to their full potential, there isn't a pitching staff out there that wants to pitch to this lineup on any given day. In the past week or so, though, the team has started to heat the bats up in hopes of getting the NL East back under their firm grasp.

Honarable Mention: Tommy La Stella

Tommy La Stella
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Honorable Mention: Tommy La Stella

Tommy La Stella
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He can't be left off of this list, seeing that he has done nothing but hit while he's been with the big league club. He's hitting .411 in his first 16 games in the major leagues and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. He doesn't have much power, but he has as more hits than Dan Uggla already. The only reason he doesn't make the list is due to him only have 56 at bats this season.

5. Andrelton Simmons

Andrelton Simmons
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5. Andrelton Simmons

Andrelton Simmons
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Simmons is known as a defensive wizard, and he may be the second coming of Ozzie Smith. Even though his average isn't what he would like it to be, he puts the bat on the ball more often than anyone on the team not named Tommy La Stella. He gives himself a chance to get on base almost every at bat, and if he starts walking more, he could rise on this list before the end of the season.

4. Jason Heyward

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4. Jason Heyward

Jason Heyward
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He has the potential to be the best hitter in the National League, but not as long as he is hitting leadoff. He has a rare mix of speed and power, but the power can't be shown off as often as it should be. Even though his average needs to be higher, from the leadoff spot, he is fourth on the team in runs batted in and is one of the fastest players on the team. Look for Heyward to go up on this list with Simmons as the season wears on.

3. Justin Upton

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3. Justin Upton

Justin Upton
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He has 81 strikeouts already this season, yes. However, he is hitting .280 and is second on the team with 14 home runs. He has the team lead with 37 runs batted in, and Upton is really on pace to do exactly what the Braves thought he would do with them. He may hit 30 home runs this season, but the strikeouts are troubling. But if he keeps this up, he could be the best hitter on the team by the end of season.

2. Freddie Freeman

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2. Freddie Freeman

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Freeman is the face of the Braves, really. He's a much better hitter than he has shown over the past month, but he has shown signs of coming out of the slump lately. His 11 home runs is about average for Freeman, but his .275 average should come up as the season ages. He's the best hitter, by ability, on this team, and he should have his name at the top of this list at the end of 2014.

1. Evan Gattis

Evan Gattis
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1. Evan Gattis

Evan Gattis
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El Oso Blanco has been hotter than hot as of late and is showing the Braves why they should hold onto him for some time to come. He leads the team, and catchers, in home runs with 15. He's hitting as close to .300 as you can get (.297) and has carried the team's offense at times during his current 15-game hit streak. There is nothing that says he can't continue this, and as a Braves fan, I hope he can.

Steven Whitaker is an Atlanta Braves writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CoachStevenWhit or add him to your circles on Google

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