This is the third part of a series where I will be evaluating the long-term outlook of the Braves at each position, moving onto second base. If you missed any of the previous parts of this series, click the links below.
This position is another one that’s pretty easy to evaluate. Albies will be the second baseman for the Braves until his contract runs out, and hopefully, much longer than that. His contract runs through 2025, but he has team options for 2026 and 2027 that will 100% be picked up. It’s way too early to start worrying about another extension, but I don’t think there will ever be a day where I don’t want Albies to don a tomahawk across his chest.
Shewmake is currently playing shortstop, but most expect him to move to second or third by the time he reaches the majors. However, those days are probably a couple of years away. After struggling in AA, I expect him to repeat the level in 2022. Hopefully, he makes the necessary strides to reach AAA by the end of the season, but there’s little reason to rush him right now. The Braves infield is set for at least another year, and it could be set for much longer than that if they can re-sign Dansby Swanson.