Hector Olivera is leading the team in hitting. In 50 at-bats over 17 games, he only has one walk, which is bad, but he only has five strikeouts, which isn’t so bad, and 20 hits in 50 at-bats is a .400 average whether or not the games count. Only four of those hits have gone for extra bases, and none for homers, so his ISO is only .080 — a lot less gaudy than the BA — but, again, he’s hitting .400! For the moment, the guy looks good in that jersey.
Ender Inciarte, Ozzie Albies, and Mallex Smith are raking. Among players with more than 10 at-bats, they are two, three, and four in batting average behind Olivera. Of course, batting average — batting average! — is a back-of-the-card stat that doesn’t mean a whole lot, but, again, these guys are hitting the ball hard. Ozzie Albies is 19 years old and almost certainly shorter than his listed 5’9, and he is a stud. Inciarte by himself may have been worth Shelby Miller, to say nothing of Aaron Blair and Dansby Swanson — and Dansby’s got nine hits in 30 at-bats, and a little long division tells you that’s a .300 average — and Mallex has basically been the second-best hitter on the team behind Freddie Freeman. And Freddie Freeman! Fredward has hit four homers in 25 spring at-bats, to go along with ten walks. The Braves basically lit their entire major league team on fire over the last two years, with the exception of Freddie and Teheran, and Freddie has responded by demonstrating that he is indeed the guy. We needed to see that, and that’s what we’re seeing.
None of this means anything! But a whole lot of it is good.