The Atlanta Braves Spring Training season is flying by and since our last update, there have been 4 games and a lot of juicy information to absorb. Let’s get right to it.
Braves Spring Training Notes: Felix Hernandez‘s Strong Outing
King Felix went 2 2/3 innings in his last outing, allowing 3 hits and 1 run, striking out 4 and walking none. It’s another encouraging sign from the 33 year old in his redemption season and he’s confident that he’ll be getting the spot when the roster is announced.
Braves Spring Training Notes: Mike Soroka is Ready
News that wouldn’t surprise any Braves fan, but Mike Soroka looks like he’s ready to get the season started after his first outing, of which was delayed due to a minor groin strain. He went 2 innings, allowed 3 singles, walked none, struck out 3, and, of course, allowed 0 runs.
Relief Pitching Arms Still Strong
- Luke Jackson– Got into trouble and out of trouble, but slider is as good as ever.
- Mark Melancon– Looked good first outing: 1 IP, 1H, 1K, 0 R
- Darren O’Day– Looked remarkable in a clean inning striking out 2.
- Tucker Davidson– Still unblemished on the spring
- Patrick Weigel– Might be most impressive arm in spring thus far. Curve ball is sensational.
- Phil Pfeifer-quick worker and looking like a major leaguer.
- Tyler Matzek– dark horse candidate to be lethal out of the bullpen this year. Has 5 Ks to 1 BB this spring and hasn’t given up a run.
Kyle Muller Likely Buys Ticket Back to Minor League Camp
After enduring an appearance in which he hit 2 people and nearly decapitated 2 others, Kyle Muller doubled down and threw 0.1 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs. Muller has all the talent in the world, but this could spell the end of 2020 MLB camp for him. Hopefully he’ll go to the Minor League side and continue fine tuning his control. I still believe he’ll be a monster!
Bryse Wilson Recovers in 2nd Outing
Bryse Wilson threw his entire arsenal in his 2nd outing and it proved the difference as he went 2 2/3 innings, allowed 1 hit and 1 walk, struck out 2, and put up a goose egg on the scoreboard.
Adam Duvall Continues to Rake
It’s a crazy small sample, but in that sample, Adam Duvall is proving that he belongs on the 26-man roster as he’s carrying a 1.110 OPS through 15 plate appearances, including this 410 foot double that’s likely the hardest hit ball in Braves Spring training thus far.
Austin Riley and Johan Camargo Battle Intensifies
Both Austin Riley and Johan Camargo are off to great starts on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. While Camargo has hit for more power, Riley has shown a patient approach at the plate and has worked on his achilles heel, the strikeout on the slider. Thus far, Riley’s only K’d once and Camargo is carrying a .968 OPS. Latest from Snitker suggests the 2 cannot coexist on the roster, and that’s a bit frustrating.
Doing Things Wright
Spoiler Alert: Kyle Wright‘s % chance of making the opening day roster is going up. Those statements that snowshine made in his prospect list about potential plus pitches becoming actual plus pitches by season’s end looks to be true. Yesterday’s outing was sensational and I want more. That 90 MPH slider is delish.
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