After 4 games into the Atlanta Braves Spring Training, the team is 2-2 and as a fan, you should not care in the slightest. Let’s be clear on the purpose of practice games. They’re practice.
In practice, scores don’t matter. However, in practice, players should be working on making strengths stronger and weaknesses less weak. If you haven’t caught on yet, we don’t really talk about the scores when re-capping these games, because it just doesn’t matter. Now, let’s get to what does matter.
Braves Spring Training Notes: Are Grant Dayton and Chad Sobotka Playing Themselves off the 40-man?
In a piece I wrote a few days back called Braves 40-Man Roster Faces Difficult Decisions, Grant Dayton and Chad Sobotka seemed like the first DFA candidates should the Braves need 40-man roster spots for players like Felix Hernandez, Charlie Culberson, and Josh Tomlin. Since then, they’ve not helped their situations. While Sobotka found great success in his first outing, striking out 3 in 1 inning, his 2nd outing didn’t go well at all as he only pitched 0.2 innings, walking 3 and giving up 1 run. The problem has never been the stuff, but the walks, and now he’s got 4 of them in 1.2 innings pitched.
Grant Dayton escaped his first outing with no damage, but did give up 2 hits and 1 walk. His 2nd outing wasn’t so kind as he gave up 2 runs on 2 hits, and in 2 innings, he’s now given up 4 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs.
Braves Spring Training Notes: Shea Langeliers Impresses…Again
I completely forgot that Langeliers broke his hamate bone his last year in college, which is the bone that zaps power out of a swing, and sometimes it never comes back. Well, Langeliers wants y’all to know he’s just fine, has a cannon for an arm, is a good receiver, and can still hit the bejesus out of the ball. I’m getting excited…it might be the spring training in me, but I think this guy’s got a good shot to stick behind the dish for a long time.
Mike Foltynewicz Impresses….Himself
Folty has been a Jekyll and Hyde pitcher and many were worried that he might not ever recover after the postseason debacle that was only partly his fault. On the contrary, he’s feeling healthy and confident.
Kyle Wright Drawing Rave Reviews from Coaches
Before we get started on Kyle Wright, let me remind you what Snowshine said about him in his prospect writeup:
Made real progress as the season went on in turning his 4 potentially plus pitches into actual plus pitches.Snowshine
Wright pitched yesterday and was really good according to the internet, throwing 2 innings of shutout baseball and only allowing 1 hit (0 walks). However the real story is in the piece by Gabe Burns where his pitching coaches, Mike Soroka, and Tyler Flowers think that the coming out party for Kyle Wright is going to happen in 2020.
Chris Nunn was SCARY…in a Good Way
Chris Nunn, Pitching Ninja’s Twitter sensation that can hit triple digits, threw some absolute darts yesterday. While there was no gun, the radio guys Jim Powell and former closer Gregg Olson, said he was sitting high 90s. He hit a guy, walked a guy, gave up a hit, and escaped by striking out the side in glorious fashion. He’s a sleeper for the bullpen, but isn’t going to anywhere but AAA if he doesn’t limit baserunners.
Thanks for Reading on Braves Spring Training Games 3 & 4. If you enjoyed this piece, check out our 2019 Atlanta Braves Player Review on Mike Foltynewicz.