The Braves were largely held quiet offensively on Wednesday, aside from a Freddie Freeman home run in the first inning. Atlanta was unable to back starter Mike Foltynewicz, who completed five innings, allowing two runs and taking the loss. The Braves did mount a rally in the eighth inning with a leadoff double from Ozzie Albies, but three consecutive strikeouts ended the fleeting moment of opportunity that was presented by San Diego closer Brad Hand.
The 2018 MLB Draft has come to a close, and by most accounts the Braves did very well, especially considering they did not have a third-round selection. The crown jewel of the class is eighth overall pick Carter Stewart, a prep right-hander from Florida, but as Tori McElhaney of MLB.com writes, the true measure of the Braves’ draft success came in the fourth round, when they selected Tristan Beck of Stanford.
Being able to call out right-handed pitcher Tristan Beck’s name in the fourth round was not just a moment for the Braves’ organization -- it was the moment, made all the more nerve-racking and satisfying after not having a pick in the third round.
”Sitting and waiting and watching 33 players getting drafted before you can draft again and to have the talent like Tristan Beck available -- who wouldn’t be excited?” Bridges said.
The news on Ronald Acuña continues to be positive, as the Braves indicated on Wednesday that the 20-year-old would resume baseball activities in the next couple of days. This period will be followed by a rehab assignment, then a return to the major leagues when he is deemed healthy and prepared. Despite the heroics of Charlie Culberson recently, the Braves could certainly use the talent infusion provided by Acuña returning to the lineup.
Fan favorite Jason Heyward played the hero on Wednesday for both Cubs and Braves fans as he blasted a two-out, walk-off grand slam to right-center field to beat the Phillies.
The best story of the MLB Draft came from a local product, Matt Klug of Brookwood HS in Georgia, when he was taken in the 38th round by the White Sox. Klug lost his best friend to a brain tumor in 2015, his mother in 2016 after a 16-year bout with COPD and emphysema. and his father in 2017 after a seven-year battle with cancer. Being drafted by an MLB team pales in comparison to those traumatic events, but Klug says he was speechless and shocked when he found out the White Sox had drafted him, and thanked the organization for the kind gesture.