Well, the Braves aren’t winning and as I’ve stated before, we shouldn’t really care THAT much. However, there are a few bullpen guys that haven’t dressed to impress thus far in the Braves Spring Training games.
Braves Spring Training Notes: Sean Newcomb Looking Good
Newk went 3 innings on Monday night, allowing no runs on 2 hits, while continuing his walk-less streak through Braves Spring Training, which is quite a feat (even for 5 innings) for a player that has been very walk prone in the past. He’s now down to a 3.60 ERA for the spring.
Braves Spring Training Notes: Shane Greene Continues to Struggle
Shane Greene pitched on Monday and had poor results and is now boasting a 16.88 ERA for the spring. It’s a crazy small sample and might I remind everyone that it’s practice, but it’s still worth noting as he’s an arbitration guy and isn’t guaranteed his full contract. While I don’t expect that he’d get cut, here’s a breakdown from a friend of mine, Braves Option’s Guy, on what Braves would owe him if they decided to go that route:
Braves Spring Training Notes: Austin Riley and Johan Camargo Continue to Perform
I’d love nothing more than for both of these guys to continue to hit and force Anthopoulos to carry them, which would in turn, force Brian Snitker to play them.
- Austin Riley: .842 OPS, 1 2b, 1 HR in 19 PAs (only 3 Ks)
- Johan Camargo: 1.032 OPS, 1 2b, 1 HR in 18 PAs (only 3 Ks)
With Freddie Freeman‘s elbow, and the need for rest all around the diamond, between 80-ish starts at 3B each, 10 for Riley at 1B, and 5-10 for Camargo at 2B and 5-10 at SS, there’s room for good players.
Here’s Riley’s mammoth HR from yesterday.
Felix Hernandez Continues Spring Success
King Felix threw 4 innings of 1 run baseball on Tuesday although he did allow more baserunners, giving up 4 hits (all of the 1B variety) and walking 2. Snitker likes what he sees and discussed it here:
Braves Bullpen Locks Continue to Dominate
Chris Martin made his Braves Spring Training debut after being slow played due to the oblique injury that crippled him in the Cardinals series (what if?…nah, not going there), and he was brilliant striking out the side in a perfect 6th innings.
Darren O’Day also put up his 2nd consecutive scoreless outing and is still rocking the eggs on the ERA.
Luke Jackson also K’d the side in a scoreless frame, but it wouldn’t be a Luke Jackson outing if it didn’t get a little hairy as he gave up a hit and threw a wild pitch.
While Will Smith hasn’t been as dominant as the aforementioned 3, at least according to ERA, he’s only given up 1 earned run in 3 innings.
Potential Braves Relievers Continue Good Work
I’ve talked him up quite a bit in the past and Phil Pfeifer has not let me down this spring as he’s now 4 appearances in without giving up a run, while only allowing 1 hit, 1 walk, and striking out 5 in 3.1 IP.
With a new, cleaner delivery in-tow accompanied by a killer curve ball and a fastball sitting 94-96, Touki Toussaint might be making that turn that many thought he’d make last year. He’s only given up 1 run in 4.2 innings of work with 5Ks, 2BBs, and only 1 hit. We as fans need to remind ourselves that Touki was an incredibly raw pitcher at the time Coppy acquired him from Arizona, and patience that hasn’t been shown in the org up to now, should’ve been priority one. I got a feeling Touki’s going to do things in 2020. Here’s a good look at that curve:
Cristian Pache‘s HONGRY!
After a quiet start to Braves Spring Training, future CFer, Cristian Pache is filling up the stat-line with 4 hits, 2 stolen bases, and a home run in his last 2 games, upping his OPS to .833. Y’all ain’t ready for him.
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