This Atlanta Braves hitters are having a good spring so far, especially in the power department, where they're hitting more than a homerun a game. There are not a lot of spots for hitters on the team, and really, compared to the pitchers, there are not that many batters really competing for a spot, with the main competition being in the outfield. For reference, here is week one hitters MTM.
|Josh Anderson, OF||He's getting his chances early in spring and he's taking advantage of them, and especially showing off his speed.|
|Gregor Blanco, OF||He's off to participate in the WBC, which I'm sure he'll enjoy, but when you're trying to compete with two other speedsters for the center field job (or even a backup job), you should probably do that in front of your manager, not far away in the WBC.|
|Brooks Conrad, INF||He's not showing us anything we didn't expect. All the comments I've seen seem to indicate he is already penciled into the Gwinnett lineup.|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||Already with a monster homerun and good hitting with runners on base, he and his buddy Jason are the talk of the Braves camp.|
|Diory Hernandez, INF||Like Conrad, he's not standing out in the early going. However, he is showing his versatility by playing second, third, and short, which will set him up well as a replacement if there is an injury to another infielder.|
|Jason Heyward, OF||So far, he and Freeman are the talk of the Braves camp. It's good to hear that they are extremely advanced for their age.|
|Brandon Hicks, SS||The best complement he's gotten was from Cox, who said Hicks looks like a major league shortstop in the field.|
|Brandon Jones, LF||Brandon got off to a hot start with some solid hits in his first few games. He needs to keep it up, but he's looking like he has more confidence this spring. I, for one, am pulling for him, though I don't know where he would fit into our outfield picture unless there is an injury.|
|Martin Prado, INF||He's hit-less in the early going, but he's still the same Martin Prado, and he'll come along.|
|Jordan Schafer, OF||He got off to the best start of any Brave in the first couple of games, but he's come back down to earth since then. It looks like he's getting every opportunity to win the center field job.|
|= Chance of making the team is even.|
|= Chance of making the team is going down.|
|= Chance of making the team is going up.|
We'll pick up with more MTM next Monday.