MLB Pipeline revealed its Top 100 prospect list Saturday night and as expected the Atlanta Braves were well represented. Atlanta had eight prospects land inside the Top 100 including four in the Top 50. Ronald Acuna came in at No. 2 behind the Angels Shohei Ohtani.
Speaking at Chop Fest on Saturday, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman gave an update on his left wrist, per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.
“That’s all it’s been about this offseason, just getting that wrist strong,” Freeman said while attending Chop Fest on Saturday. “I started hitting way earlier than I usually do, just to test it out. I did it in 25-degree weather on purpose the first day just to see if there would be any aches or pains. I have had zero problems. Everything feels great and everything feels strong.”
Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos also spoke at Chop Fest on Saturday and talked about how he is influenced by financial guru Warren Buffett and a failed signing while he was GM of the Blue Jays.
Braves prospect Mike Soroka was a guest on the MLB Pipeline podcast earlier this week where he discussed prospect rankings, the Braves rebuild, his expectations heading into the 2015 Draft and much more.
Chipper Jones and Jim Thome are part of the 2018 Hall of Fame class but also shared a unique history throughout their career in the minors and the majors.
The Braves officially inducted former pitcher Tim Hudson and longtime broadcaster Joe Simpson into the team’s Hall of Fame Saturday evening in a ceremony at The Battery’s Roxy Theater. Hudson spent nine seasons in a Braves uniform while Simpson is entering his 27th season behind the microphone.
New Mets manager Mickey Callaway tells MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that he plans to utilize a closer-by-committee approach in 2018.
Buck Showalter announced on Saturday that Manny Machado will shift to shortstop for the upcoming season with Tim Beckham sliding over to third base.